The members of the jury reflect our dedication to the highest selection process and our desire to give photographers visibility among some of the best professionals in the field of photography.

The jury for the categories Master Award,
Spotlight Award, Short Story Award, and Student Award is composed of: Jeffrey Henson Scales, Sandra M. Stevenson, Amber Bracken, Alberto Prina, and Aldo Mendichi.

The jury for the categories Single Shot Award, and Non Profit Award is composed of: Aldo Mendichi, Alberto Prina, and Laura Covelli.

Jeffrey Henson ScalesJeffrey Henson Scales
Jeffrey Henson Scales
Jeffrey Henson ScalesPhotography Editor for The New York Times

Jeffrey Henson Scales is an independent photographer, as well as an award-winning New York Times, photography editor who has been co-editor of the annual Year in Pictures special section for over a dozen years and he also created and curated the photography column, “Exposures”. He is the author of two books of photographs, of which his most recent book, “In A Time of Panthers, The Early Photographs” is a newly discovered archive of photographs Mr. Henson Scales made as a teenager in Oakland of the emergence of the Black Panther Party in the 60s.
Mr. Henson Scales spent a lifetime as a freelance documentary and commercial photographer – those documentary photographs have been exhibited at museums throughout the United States and Europe and have appeared in numerous photography magazines, books and anthologies, as well as in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The City Museum of New York, The George Eastman House, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Weisman Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Museum of Art at Newfields and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Sandra M. StevensonSandra M. Stevenson
Sandra M. Stevenson
Sandra M. StevensonDeputy director of photography focusing on international, climate, and health and science issues

Sandra M. Stevenson is an award-winning writer, visual editor and curator in the photography department at The Washington Post. As deputy director of photography, she manages a portfolio that includes international, climate, and health and science issues. Prior to joining The Post, Stevenson was at CNN, where she managed a team of picture editors who curated the home screen, edited stories and newsletters, as well as special projects. Before CNN, she was at the New York Times, where she oversaw digital photo editors on the news desk, and worked on visual content for Race/Related and the Gender, in addition to exclusive projects such as “Overlooked” and “This Is 18.” After receiving a BA in English from Syracuse University, Stevenson spent four years working at NBC – first as a page and then working on various news programs. From there, she became the program coordinator for the Black Filmmaker Foundation. During her time there, she held a deep commitment to helping people of color enter the film industry at various levels. Stevenson then returned to the news industry, by taking on a position at the Associated Press, where she spent eight years moving up from photo assistant to overseeing photo news coverage for Latin America and the Caribbean. She also took time to work on and an advanced degree in multimedia from University of Toulouse in France. Stevenson was a contributing writer in the book “Unseen: Unpublished Black History from The New York Times Photo Archives.” She was the picture editor and co-curator on the book “This Is 18.”

Amber BrackenAmber Bracken
Amber Bracken
Amber BrackenPhotographer

Amber Bracken, a lifelong Albertan, photographs primarily across western North America to represent the global issues in her own backyard. Her work explores intersections of race, environment, culture and colonization. She specializes in invested relationship based and historically contextualized storytelling that centres people in their own stories. Recent work has focused on intergenerational trauma in Cree youth, Wet’suwet’en reoccupation and land rights fights, the overrepresentation of un-housed Indigenous people displaced in their historic territories, and interrogating the impact of race in her own family.

Select clients include National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Maclean’s, ESPN, and The New York Times. Amber is a two time World Press winner—in 2017 and in 2022, when she won the photo of the year. In 2020, Bracken was awarded the Charles Bury President’s Award by the Canadian Association of Journalists for her outstanding contributions to journalism in Canada for her coverage of the Wet’suwet’en crisis for The Narwhal. Bracken was on assignment for The Narwhal at the time she was arrested and in 2022 was recognized with a Pen Canada/Ken Filkow prize for her work there, advancing freedom of expression in Canada.

Laura CovelliLaura Covelli
Laura Covelli
Laura CovelliFestival Exhibit Curator and Education Programs Coordinator

Laura Covelli is the exhibit curator for the Festival of Ethical Photography.
She began her professional career at the United Nations working in the fields of visual communication, marketing, and corporate social responsibility. She has always been involved in visual literacy activities through programs created in collaboration with photographers, institutions, schools, and non-profit organizations.
She has been working at the Festival for 10 years where she also coordinates and oversees the Education programs aimed at students and teachers, the World Report Award|Documenting Humanity, the international contest organized by the Festival, and the Open Call for the non-profit world. She carries out teaching activities with particular attention to social photography and reportage.

Alberto PrinaAlberto Prina
Alberto Prina
Alberto PrinaCoordinator of the Festival of ethical pghotography

Alberto Prina is the founder of the photo association Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine, the nonprofit organization supporting the Festival of Ethical Photography. Alberto is the Director of the event and the creator of the Travelling Festival, a collection of exhibits produced in Lodi that travel across Italy and Europe. He also works as a curator of exhibits, portfolio reviewer, jury member at international contests, and as reportage photographer for non-profit organizations developing projects in the field of photographic communication, multimedia, and collaborative photography. He also organizes courses and workshops.

Aldo MendichiAldo Mendichi
Aldo Mendichi
Aldo MendichiPresident of the Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine

His passion for photography started in 2004. Since the very beginning, his interest has focused on social reportage photography.

After having attended several photography courses in 2007 Aldo Mendichi started a documentary project about the Northern Ireland question, “The Troubles”.

Since 2010, he has been one of the coordinators of the Festival of Ethical Photography.

He is also a member of the editorial staff of Ludesan Life, an online reportage magazine which tells stories related to the province of Lodi.

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