Hope Photo Contest 2013 - Jury members


Alfred Yaghobzadeh

Alfred Yaghobzadeh was born in a multicultural family of an Armenian father and Assyrian mother in Tehran, Iran. 
In 1979 the Iranian revolution interrupted his university studies in interior design and incited him to begin photography in the streets of Tehran. The turmoil in his country, the raging battles on the Iran-Iraq front were dramatic, cutting-edge events that Alfred covered with the passion, courage, drive, and youthful instinct of a 19-year-old. This instinct guided the photographer in his choice of subjects covered as well as the agencies which represented his work, beginning with the Associated Press, then onto the Paris-based agencies, Gamma and Sygma, and finally, for the past 23 years, Sipa Press. Alfred’s passion for his profession has taken him around the globe witnessing conflicts and news-breaking events. He was wounded and taken hostage in Lebanon’s civil war, covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over l3 years and “captured history with no blood shed”, as he says, as the first stones of the Berlin wall tumbled. He has covered wars, famine, feuds, political events, and human crises in Somalia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Cuba, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mexico, India, the Philippines, Turkey, Armenia, Iraq, Russia, China, and Sri Lanka. While covering the Chechen conflict, Alfred was wounded by shrapnel from a tank shell, which exploded but a few meters from him. He was lucky to have survived the incident, which could have proven fatal. The collapse of the Communist regime and the resulting new freedom to practice religion in Eastern Europe inspired Alfred to begin an exhaustive reportage on Christianity. His impressive exploration of religious rites, rituals and traditions in more than 24 countries, spanned 10 years and culminated in numerous publications, exhibitions in Perpignan, Milan, and Budapest, and a 220-page book, “Christianity around the World”. His early work in Iran is illustrated in 2 publications, “War Iran-Iraq”, as well as “Faces of War”. His assiduous coverage of Palestine and Israel was published in “Promised Peace”. Alfred’s pictures are rich portrayals of the many facets of humanity and the world in which it evolves. His mastery of color is not only visible when he is capturing life and death situations, but evident in his feature work, his stunning images of Paris’ haute couture fashion, or even his pictures of the Venice Carnival.
 His work has been recognized by international juries: he has been awarded the World Press Photo first prize, as well as first place in The American Overseas Press Club and the NPPA Best of Photojournalism. Other awards have been discerned by the International Festival of Journalism and Scoop in Angers, and the Fuji Europe Awards. He has also been a member of the World Press Photo jury. His award-winning photographs have graced the covers and inside pages of such prestigious international publications as Stern, Time, Geo, Newsweek, Paris Match, Elle, Life, El País, Sette, to name but a few.

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Peter Bregg

Over the past four decades, internationally renowned photojournalist Peter Bregg has travelled to more than 70 countries and captured some of the world’s most compelling stories with his camera.

Prior to his recent post as photo editor at HELLO! Magazine, Mr. Bregg served as chief photographer at Maclean’s for 17 years. He has also worked as a photographer and editor with the Canadian Press and the Associated Press in London, New York, and Washington, DC, and was the official photographer to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984-85.
His assignments have included eight Olympic games, Stanley Cups, World Series, Presidential trips, Vietnam in 1973, the Iran hostage crisis in 1979-80, and the imposition of martial law on the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1981. He was also in New York to cover the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001.

Mr. Bregg has been an active member of PhotoSensitive – a photo collective that uses photography to support charitable causes – since its founding in 1990. To date, he has travelled with PhotoSensitive to Mozambique and Rwanda, as well as Zambia, where photos he took for CARE Canada on the AIDS crisis have been travelling as an exhibition since 2002. In 2006, Mr. Bregg accompanied WaterCan to Ethiopia, where he documented the visit of Margaret Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire to several of WaterCan’s clean water and sanitation project sites. A subsequent visit to Africa in 2009 for WaterCan allowed him to document its people and their quest for clean water. Those photographs are on a cross-country tour that was launched in March 2010 on Parliament Hill. In May of 2010 he travelled with the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers group to cover their conference in Swaziland. The photo essay appeared in the October issue of Zoomer magazine.

Peter Bregg has won numerous awards including a World Press Photo Award, NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year, Canadian Press Photo of the Year, Eastern Canada News Photographers Association Awards, a Canadian National Newspaper Award, and White House News Photographers Association

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Kamran Jebreili

Kamran Jebreili is a self-trained photographer with a M.A. in architecture from Fine Arts Faculty of Tehran University. 
 He has joined AP in 1997 in Dubai bureau as a regional photographer/photo editor till now. He has worked as a photographer with Agence VU in Paris From 1990-97 and has covered the social and political events in Iran, working with Asahi Shimbon Japanese paper in Tehran during same period. His published works include Life War book about Iran-Iraq war and Abyaneh an Iranian traditional village. His unpublished works are Silkroad in Iran and Dezful. He taught documentary photography at the Italian School and Azad University in Tehran in 1995-96. 
His photos are published in different magazines and papers such as the Time magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match, Geo, New York Times, Focus, Liberation, Le Monde, etc.