The judging panel for BJP IPA 2019 was comprised of experts from an exciting range of professional backgrounds. Including curators, editors and gallery directors, the panel truly represents a cross-section of the photography industry.
Picture Editor, Sunday Times Magazine
Senior curator, Autograph ABP
Renée Mussai is Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial, Archive & Research at Autograph, a London based arts charity with a remit in photography and film addressing cultural identity, race, representation and human rights. A scholar-curator with expertise in African, Black British/European and diasporic lens-based practices, Mussai publishes and lectures internationally on photography, curatorial activism and cultural politics. She has organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the United States, and her writing has appeared in artist monographs, anthologies and journals; her publications include James Barnor: Ever Young (2015); Glyphs: Acts of Inscription (2014; with Ruti Talmor); Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail The Dark Lioness (2017); and the forthcoming Black Chronicles (2019). She is a former non-residential fellow and regular guest curator at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and currently a Research Associate in the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg, and part-time PhD candidate in Art History at University College London.
Design Director, Thames & Hudson
Johanna Neurath is Design Director at Thames & Hudson and has worked in book publishing for more than 30 years as a picture editor, (award-winning) book and jacket designer, art director and commissioning editor. Thames & Hudson publishes well over 100 new titles each year. Recent photography titles she has personally commissioned include amongst others: »Street Photography Now«, »Tim Walker’s Story Teller« and »Photographers’ Sketchbooks«. She was an honorary judge for the World Photography Awards in 2014, and in 2015 was a judge for D&AD’s Next Photographer Award. She is also a regular portfolio reviewer at international photography festivals including Les Rencontres d’Arles; the Format Photo Festival; Fotofest Houston and Fotografiska’s Stockholm Photography week, and is one of the co-founders of London’s own portfolio reviews: Photo Meet.
Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography
Simon Bainbridge has worked in arts journalism for 25 years. He has served as editor of British Journal of Photography since 2003, transforming the magazine from a weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly, which showcases the best of contemporary photography. Bainbridge acts as a judge and nominator for numerous photography awards and festivals. He has curated two exhibitions around the medium and is currently undertaking picture research for an upcoming book exploring portraits of artists.
Assistant Curator, Tate Modern
Sarah Allen is a photography specialist. She is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern where she curates displays and exhibitions as well as researching acquisitions for the international collection. Her most recent project was Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art She has also curated the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize nominated presentation of Mark Ruwedel at Tate (2018) as well as Martin Parr (2018), Workers Photography (2018), Daido Moriyama (2017), Kaveh Golestan (2017) and Gyorgy Kepes (2017). Thematic and integrated displays have included 1968 Protest and the Photobook (2018), Iranian photobooks (2017) Stephen Shore (2017) and Shunk-Kender (2016). She has a specialist focus on photobooks and is curator of the Martin Parr photobook collection. Before taking up her role at Tate she worked in several museums and galleries including The Photographers’ Gallery, London, The Hugh Lane, Dublin and The Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York. She is currently working on a mid-scale photography show planned for 2020.
Director, TJ Boulting
Hannah Watson is the director of contemporary London art gallery, TJ Boulting, and director of Trolley Books, known for publishing a diverse range of titles presenting unique stories in photography and photojournalism, but also art and recently fiction. She has worked with a host of world-renowned photographers such as Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Alex Majoli and Philip Jones Griffiths.