Judges 2021


We have had to adjust to the new normal. The judges will meet virtually and each will make a shortlist on their own. Those essays or individual photos that receive at least two votes will go to the final rounds, which will be broadcast live.

The contest will open on November 30 and will close on January 2, 2021. The photo judging will take place from January 14-17 and the video and web judging from January 21-24. Please read the categories and rules on this page very carefully.

Gael Almeida (México)

Gael has over 20 years of experience working in nature conservation, coordination of collective impact initiatives and interdisciplinary group work, as well as development of project funding strategies. She has collaborated with governments, academic institutions, and civil society organizations. In 2017, Gael joined the National Geographic Society as Regional Director for Latin America. Her activities include identifying new projects and supporting Latin American researchers, conservationists, educators, and photographers who are funded by National Geographic Society to generate greater impact and outreach about their work.

Daniel Rodrigues (Portugal)

Daniel Rodrigues started his career as a professional photographer after finishing his studies at the Portuguese Institute of Photography (2010). His journey began at the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã, followed by his work at the Global Imagens agency, responsible for media published in newspapers such as Jornal de Notícias, Diário de Notícias and O Jogo. Currently based in Portugal, Daniel works as a freelance photographer around the world and has been a contributing photographer to the New York Times since May 2015.

In 2013 he was awarded first place in the World Press Photo competition, in the Daily Life category. In 2015, he was granted third place as the POYi Photographer of the Year. In 2017 he was named Ibero-American Photographer of the Year at POY Latam, and received third place in the category Photographer of the Year at NPPA – Best of Photojournalism, among other awards. His work has been featured in well-known media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, among others.

Gisela Volá (Argentina)

Photographer, teacher, curator and cultural manager. Gisela is a member of Cooperativa Sub, Vist project, Women Photograph and Foto Féminas as well as a 6×6 Global Talent Program Nominator for the World Press Photo. Currently, she co-directs the Laboratory of research and visual creation at Sub, an educational platform in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a professor of the Master of Photography at Efti (International Center of Photography and Film) in Madrid, Spain, Activator of MUFF, study program and Photography Festival of the CDF (Center of Photography of Montevideo, Uruguay) and Mentor of the Women Photograph Mentorship Program 2021.

In the past 15 years she has participated in numerous photography gatherings, festivals, colloquiums and conversations across Latin America and Europe. The award-winning photographer has received several distinctions and nominations including first place in the POY LATAM Picture of the year Latin America (2019/2011/ 2012) , first prize in the Cuenca Art Biennial, Ecuador (2009), among others.

Magdalena Herrera (Francia)

Magdalena has worked on books and magazines, spending ten years as Art Director and head of the photography department for National Geographic France before becoming Director of Photography for Geo France. Magdalena leads international workshops and seminars and her photographic experience makes her a sought-after juror in various photography competitions. She was president of the World Press Photo 2018 competition.

Mallory Benedict (USA)

Mallory Benedict is a Photo Editor on the History and Culture desk for National Geographic Magazine, commissioning original photography across print, digital, and mobile platforms. She uses the past to understand present-day issues in her work, including stories on the legacy of the Suffrage movement and the Stonewall Riots. She also works on stories related to social justice and geopolitics, and in 2020 has worked on stories about the national protests against police violence and systemic racism, as well as the political upheaval in Hong Kong. Her work has been recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, Society of Publication Designers, National Press Photographer’s Association, and Pictures of the Year International. Benedict is also the Programs Manager for Women Photograph, an initiative designed to elevate the work of women and non-binary photographers around the globe. Benedict graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism where she studied photojournalism, anthropology, and political science.

We will soon announce the other jurors for 2021