BEARR’s 30th anniversary photography competition: the judging panel

Nadia Beard

Nadia is a journalist and pianist. She is the Editor in Chief of The Calvert Journal, and previously lived and worked in Russia where she was the Moscow correspondent for The Independent. Her work has appeared in The GuardianThe Telegraph and Reuters among several others.

Jadwiga Bronte

Jadwiga is an award-winning social documentary photographer exploring relationships between human identity and politics through visual representation. She lives and works in London.  

Jadwiga gained her BA in Photography from Kingston University London and MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from LCC/University of the Arts London. 

Emma Brown

Emma is an award-winning photographer shooting for a diverse range of Creative Agencies, Ethical Brands, Charities, NGOs and more to tell the stories of our modern world. A visual storyteller passionate about political and social issues, Emma is equally at home in the dunes of the Sahara as a hospital in the UK. She’s known for being adept at exploring nuanced depictions of the human experience, with humanity, humility and grace.

A passionate PhotoVoice trained educator and facilitator, Emma has led photography workshops around the world. Most recently this was in her role as Associate Artist with Olive Branch Arts in a project supported by the BEARR Trust small grants scheme with artists and activists at Yerevan’s Feminist Library (Armenia). 

Bridget Kendall MBE

Bridget was appointed the first female Master of Peterhouse, the University of Cambridge’s oldest College, in 2016.

Educated at Oxford and Harvard as well as two Russian Universities, she joined the BBC in 1983 and became BBC Moscow correspondent in 1989, covering the collapse of the Soviet Union.

She served five years as BBC Washington Correspondent and 17 years in the senior role of BBC Diplomatic Correspondent, covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2003 Iraq war, the Arab uprisings of 2011, and following closely the rise of President Putin.

She hosts a weekly discussion programme on academic topics for the BBC, The Forum. Her book The Cold War; a New Oral History explores the decades long conflict through eye witness accounts. Her awards and honours include the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism, an MBE, and Honorary Fellowships at two Oxford Colleges as well as the British Academy.

Elyor Nematov

Elyor is a photographer from Bukhara, Uzbekistan, whose work focuses on storytelling in Russia and Central Asia. He currently works as a freelance photojournalist and holds documentary photography workshops, training students to produce stories about Central Asia. Previously, he worked as photo editor, photographer and reporter for magazines in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Elyor has participated in many national and international contests and exhibitions around the world. In 2012, Elyor received a grant from the Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project for a project about labour migration from Central Asia. Yuri Kozyrev was his mentor for this project, titled “I AM A FOREIGNER”.

In 2013, Elyor was a finalist of Audience Engagement Grant from OSI Foundations. In 2015 he became a contributor for Getty Images. He recently completed a project for UN Women: “MY NAME IS WOMAN”, focusing on gender equality and women’s right in Kyrgyzstan.

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