Corinne Dufka is an Associate Director at Human Rights Watch (HRW). Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Dufka worked as a photojournalist for the Reuters News Agency and from 1987-1999 covered conflicts in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Bosnia, Rwanda, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dufka holds a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Dufka is a recipient of the 1997 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award, the 1997 Capa Medal, and the 2003 MacArthur Fellowship.
Carol Guzy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. She graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography. She has been honored twice with the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for her coverage of the military intervention in Haiti and the devastating mudslide in Armero, Colombia. She has received a third Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her work in Kosovo as well. She is the only journalist to ever receive a fourth Pulitzer for coverage of the Haitian earthquake in 2010. She has been named Photographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association three times and eight times for the White House News Photographers Association and has earned other prestigious awards in her chosen profession of photojournalism.
Eman Mohammed is an award-winning photojournalist and TED fellow. Eman is a Palestinian refugee, born in Saudi Arabia and educated in Gaza City, Palestine where she started her photojournalism career at the age of 19. For the past decade, her work had been focused on documenting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including military invasions and the frequently occurring wars in the area as well as the formation of armed militant groups in the Strip. Eman’s work been recognized by several international organizations and was recently acquired by the British museum in London.
Robert Nickelsberg worked as a TIME magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. Nickelsberg’s images have documented human rights abuses by Islamic militants and security forces, and post-traumatic stress disorder in Indian-controlled Kashmir. His 2013 book, A Distant War, published by Prestel, captures his 25 years of work in Afghanistan. His photographs have been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Queensborough Community College, the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University and at The New America Foundation in New York.
Denis Paquin was recently appointed the acting Director of Photography of the Associated Press after holding the position of Deputy Director of Photography since 2010. A veteran of photojournalism, he has worked in Asia, Europe and North America as a photographer and photo manager for various organizations including the Associated Press, Reuters and United Press International. He has been involved in covering and planning 17 Olympic Games, seven World Cup soccer championships and eight U.S. presidential conventions and inaugurations. He has covered civil strive in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, traveled with popes, presidents and prime ministers and covered all the Reagan-Gorbachev summits.
Bryan Monroe is the former editor of CNNPolitics.com, where he was leading the editorial planning and content strategy for CNN’s online and mobile political coverage from the network’s DC Bureau. Monroe is a former president of NABJ, the National Association of Black Journalists. Also, while at Knight-Ridder in 2005, he helped lead the team in Biloxi, MS, that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Monroe served as Vice President and Editorial Director at Ebony and Jet magazines in Chicago. At the magazines, he led the coverage of the 2008 presidential elections and conducted the first interview with then President-elect Barack Obama following his November victory; and also had the last major interview with pop star Michael Jackson before his death in 2007.
Jenny Smets is an independent curator, educator, and director of photography of the magazine Vrij Nederland, The Netherlands. She studied history of modern and contemporary art at UVA University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and specialized during her studies in the history of photography. Being part of the core training team of World Press Photo she trains photojournalists in different parts of the world. She is member of the supervisory board of World Press Photo Foundation.