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.

Russ O’Connell

Picture Editor, Sunday Times Magazine

Russ O’Connell is the Picture Editor of the prestigious Sunday Times Magazine; his latest step in a sixteen year career forged within the photographic and magazine publishing sectors. He has worked for some of the biggest consumer publications in the UK Market as a Photographic Editor and Director. Working alongside some of the biggest photographers in the world, both in the UK and abroad, he regularly commissions assignments ranging from high-end celebrity portraiture to in-depth reportage photography.
Russ has judged numerous high profile photographic competitions, such as the Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society awards, Amnesty International Media awards, the Ian Parry Scholarship, Saatchi Self expression award and he is on the judging panel of the Landscape Photographer of The Year Award.


Renée Mussai

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.


Johanna Neurath

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.


Simon Bainbridge

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.


Sarah Allen

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.


Hannah Watson

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.