Judges


John Stanmeyer is a humanist, photojournalist, Emmy nominated filmmaker and field recordist dedicated to social and political issues that define our times.

Over the last decade, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic magazine, producing over 14 stories for the magazine and resulting in 10 covers. Between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he photographed hundreds of stories for the magazine including the war in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, and other significant world news events. His years with Time resulted in 18 covers of the magazine.

In January 2015, Stanmeyer joined National Geographic Creative, bringing his ten years of stories with National Geographic to the Society for representation.

Prior to joining National Geographic Creative, in 2001, he cofound with six of the world’s leading photojournalists the VII Photo agency. By 2005 VII was listed in third position in American Photo’s“100 Most Important People in Photography.” He remains a Distinguished Member and Emeritus with his historic archive of war and conflict at VII.

He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa award (Overseas Press Club), POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year (three times), and numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards. In 2008, his National Geographic cover story on global malaria received the National Magazine Award. In 2012 was nominated for an Emmy with the documentary film series, Starved for Attention and in 2014 was the recipient of the World Press Photo award for his photograph from Djibouti titled, Signal.

John has published a number of books including Island of the Spirits, a journalistic/anthropologic look at Balinese culture documented during the five years he lived on the island.

In 2013, John opened Stanmeyer Gallery & Shaker Dam Coffeehouse in West Stockbridge, Mass, combining photography and education around his passion for brilliant coffee, wrapping the two around ethically procured, human rights-based direct trade coffee with the socials issues represented in his photographs.

A lecturer and educator, Stanmeyer lives on a farm with many fireflies over summer, blanketed quietly in deep snow for pondering walks in winter, in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.


Chan Yuk Keung obtained his BA degree from the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in the US in the 80’s, he then joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1989 and taught there for over 25 years. Chan has participated in over 100 exhibitions, among which are “The 51st  Venice Biennale” and “The 2nd  Asia Pacific Art Triennial”. Chan was the chief editor for “Hong Kong Visual Art Yearbook” for several years, now the board member of ParaSite Art Space, Hong Kong Institute of Aesthetic Education; advisor of Asian Art Archive and Yale-China Association. His research interests are Hong Kong Art, Mixed Media and Public Art.

Ying Kwok is an independent curator and artist who is noted for her inventive curatorial approach, which is centered on “boundaries of collaboration” between curators, artists, and the wider community. Working as the curator at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester in the UK between 2006 and 2012, Kwok was responsible for the Centre’s artistic programme, organising exhibitions accompanied by related talks and events, and also oversaw the artist residency programme. She has built up a wide network of contacts with organizations in the UK and Asia through frequent collaboration projects and exchanges.

Since 2012, Ms. Kwok became independence curator working internationally. She initiated and curated Collector Club in 2013, an exhibition that critically explored the value of art from commercial and non-commercial perspectives, and co-curated Harmonious Society, as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2014. In 2015, Kwok was awarded the Asia Cultural Council Fellowship to carry out a five-month long research on participatory and engagement projects in the US. To encourage critical thinking and initiating effective discussions in Hong Kong, Ms. Kwok run Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professional. The group provide regular exhibition review and their articles are published in magazines and various cultural networks.

http://www.artappraisalclub.com


Melissa Karmen Lee is the new Curator of Education and Public Programs for Old Bailey Galleries, Tai Kwun Arts Centre in Hong Kong. Previously, she was Senior Lecturer on faculty at the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 8 years. Lee has published on diaspora, transnational literature and visual art in a academic publications including ‘Welcoming the Other: Hospitality and Citizenship in Chinese American Fiction” (Routledge University Press, 2016), ‘Reconceptualizing Domesticity: Shifting Transatlantic Spheres in New World Female Narratives’ (Art and Aesthetics 2014). She has been an invited and keynote speaker at numerous panels and conferences including Sharjah Art Foundation March Meetings (2015), ‘Women in the Arts’ at the Asia Society Museum, Hong Kong (2013), and the ‘Arts Writers Convening’ at the The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation, Philadelphia (2011). She gave a TEDX Hong Kong talk entitled ‘Translating the Human Experience” (2013).

Lee is also a public art curator, consultant, and has worked on numerous projects in Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Her work on public art has spanned from graffiti commissions to outdoor large-scale sculpture parks, organized public seminars on the subject of Peace, to the creation of an online digital archive. In 2015 she was curator at large for Slought Foundation curating 2 cloud exhibitions ‘The Jester’s Privilege’ featuring artist duo Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries and ‘Add Oil Machine’ featuring artists Sampson Wong and Jason Lam. She is the founder of Fairytale Project, a 2011 online translation and research archive in collaboration with Slought Foundation and Ai WeiWei.

 

Dr Anthony Ng is a retired medical practitioner. He helped to found the WYNG Foundation with an aim to empower individuals and institutions through education, research and engagement. The Foundation supports a range of activities for the well being of Hong Kong - TrailWatch, Civic Exchange, Clean Air Network, Centre of Medical Ethics and Law at the University of Hong Kong and Urban Spring. The Foundation established the WYNG Media Award (WMA) to engage the public and promote positive changes through impactful images of critical Hong Kong issues. He has been one of the judges for WMA Commission since 2012.