Portrait of Humanity Vol. 5 Judges

Get your work in front of a panel of leading international industry leaders.

Judges from this year include leading figures from Hoxton Mini Press, TIME and more. Together, they will select the 3 outstanding bodies of work and 30 single images that will be exhibited in a group show this year at PHOTO 2022, Melbourne.

Martin Usborne

Founder of Hoxton Mini Press

Martin Usborne is a photographer, publisher, and writer based in East London. He founded Hoxton Mini Press and has published five of his own books. He has a particular interest in photographing animals, often dogs, and is concerned with the problematic relationship between humans and animals. Usborne’s images have been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, and he has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work.

Sangsuk Sylvia Kang

Photographer, Journalist, and Photo Editor at TIME.

Sangsuk Sylvia Kang is a photographer, journalist, and photo editor at TIME. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she is currently based in New York City. Kang is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism.

Daniel Boetker-Smith

Journalist, Educator and Dean of Studies at Photography Studies College (Melbourne)

Daniel is currently the Dean of Studies at Photography Studies College (Melbourne), and was recently appointed as Director of Australia’s Centre for Contemporary Photography.

He is a contributor to the British Journal of Photography, GUP Magazine, European Photography, Voices of Photography, Vault, LensCulture, Photoeye, Paper Journal, FOAM, Heavy, Source, and other Australian and international publications. Daniel is also the Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, a not-for-profit library of self-published and independent photobooks. Daniel has curated a number of major exhibitions both in Australia and internationally.

Richmond Orlando Mensah

Founder and Curator of MANJU Journal

Richmond Orlando Mensah is a Ghanaian-based creative, and founder at MANJU Journal- a global arts and culture platform dedicated to young creative talents through contemporary African fashion, music, photography and society. Established in 2015, Manju continues to spotlight the works of global African talents with an interest in African visual culture and narratives and presentations of those of African ancestry.

His interest lies in contemporary African culture and photography. He has worked with renowned publications and institutions including Vogue Italia, i-D magazine, Paper Journal Magazine, NOWNESS, The Photographers’ Gallery-London as curator championing and celebrating diverse works from both emerging and established African photographers on the continent and the diaspora while chairing as a Professional Jury for the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards by the World Photography Organisation.

In his fashion portfolio, he has collaborated with global innovative brands as an Art Director celebrating diverse storytelling on the continent. Clients include: Gucci, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger etc.

Sunil Gupta

Artist and Educator

Sunil Gupta is a British/Canadian citizen, (b. New Delhi 1953) MA (RCA) PhD (Westminster) who lives in London and has been involved with independent photography as a critical practise for many years focusing on race, migration and queer issues. A retrospective was shown at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2020/21) and has moved to Ryerson Image Center, Toronto. He is a Professorial Fellow at UCA, Farnham.

His latest book is “London 1982” Stanley Barker 2021 and his current exhibitions include; “Every Moment Counts: AIDS and its Feelings” at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway. His work is in many private and public collections including; the Tokyo Museum of Photography, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate and the Museum of Modern Art. His work is represented by Hales Gallery (New York, London), Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto) and Vadehra Art Gallery (New Delhi).

Self-taught artist, photographer, filmmaker and broadcaster, Simon Frederick is highly regarded to be at the vanguard of his discipline, with a career punctuated by firsts; Simon has made recent television appearances in front of a camera for Sky Arts, as the lead judge of their pan European series Master of Photography, which he co-hosted with Hollywood royalty Isabella Rossellini.

He conceived, produced and directed the award-winning series “Black Is The New Black”, for BBC, with the portfolio of portraits he shot of his subjects during the filming of the show, making history as the largest acquisition of African-Caribbean sitters by the National Portrait Gallery, becoming part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. His follow up series “They’ve Gotta Have Us”, which charts the revolutionary rise of black artists in film, is another critically acclaimed hit delivered by Frederick was acquired by ARRAY Releasing as the company’s first series acquisition. ARRAY premiered the docuseries on Netflix on February 5 and acquired distribution rights in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

Frederick’s latest project is the four 6 part series “THEOUTSIDERS?” highlighting the global success of young black visionaries, with YouTube Originals and completing the script for his feature debut as well as being named as one of the U.K’s 100 most Influential Black People alongside the likes of the Duchess Of Sussex, Meghan Markle and British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful.

Mari Katayama


Born 1987 in Saitama and raised in Gunma, Japan.

Graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. Suffering from congenital tibial hemimelia, Katayama had both her legs amputated at the age of nine. Since then, she has created numerous self-portraits, alongside embroidered objects and decorated prostheses, using her own body as a living sculpture. Her belief is that tracing her own self connects her with other people and that just like a patchwork is made by stitching together edges with needle and thread, her everyday life can also be connected with wider society and the world.

In addition to her creative art, Katayama leads the “High Heel Project,” creating high heeled shoes custom-made for her prostheses that she has worn as a fashion model, on stage as a singer, and as a keynote speaker at international events.

Her major exhibitions include, “home again” (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2021), “58th Venice Biennale 2019” (Giardini and Arsenale, Venice, Italy), “broken heart” (White Rainbow, London, 2019), “Photographs of Innocence and of Experience – Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol.14” (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, 2017), “on the way home” (The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, 2017), “Roppongi Crossing – My Body, Your Voice” (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2016), “Aichi Triennale 2013” (Nayabashi, Aichi), etc. Public collections include La Maison Rouge (Paris, France), Collection Antoine de Galbert (Paris, France), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), Arts Maebashi (Gunma, Japan) and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan). She received the Encouraging Prize of Gunma Biennale for Young Artists in 2005, Grand Prix of Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi in 2012, Higashikawa Award for The New Photographer category in 2019 and Kimura Ihei Award in 2020. Her major publications include “GIFT” (United Vagabonds, 2019).

Karen Irvine

Chief Curator and Deputy Director at Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

Karen Irvine is Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over fifty-five exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center;  Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea, and the New York Photo Festival. Irvine has contributed texts to many publications including FOAM, Art on Paper and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Go Down Moses by Teju Cole (MoCP/Candor Arts), amongst others. She has a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Virgilia Facey

Founder, The Colour Balance

Virgilia Facey is a POC female founder of diversity led enterprises.

Virgilia founded The Colour Balance a non-profit initiative in 2017 to challenge barriers to access in photography for the Black and POC community and in 2020 co-founded Gather, a creative production company connecting brands to inclusive shoot teams for content creation.

Marina Reyes Franco

Curator, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC)

Marina Reyes Franco is a curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC). In 2010 she co-founded La Ene, a decentralized museum and collection that originated in Buenos Aires. Recent and upcoming curatorial projects and texts focus on the work of Esteban Valdés, the impact of tourism on Caribbean visual arts, environmental concerns, and research on Afro-descendant artists from Puerto Rico and its diaspora.

Recent projects include El momento del yagrumo (2021) and La llave / la clave (2021) at MAC, San Juan; De Loiza a la Loiza (2020), a MAC en el Barrio public art commission by Daniel Lind-Ramos; Resisting Paradise (2019) at Pública, San Juan and Fonderie Darling, Montreal; Watch your step / Mind your head (2017), ifa-Galerie, Berlin; The 2nd Grand Tropical Biennial (2016) in Loíza, Puerto Rico; Sucursal (2014), MALBA, Buenos Aires; as well as numerous exhibitions at La Ene.

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