Terms and Jury
PRAFOTA award in category "Photograhy" invites Belarusian authors and author collectives working in documentary genre or experimenting with art forms within photography to apply for the contest in two nominations:

• Documentary Photography
• Art Photography

The international jury will compose a long list of 15 photographic projects and a short-list of 7 projects for each nomination. The winner in each nomination will be awarded the Grand Prix.
Photo projects made by Belarusian authors (author collectives) and completed or first shown in 2017 — 2019 are eligible to take part in the contest.

Each series should contain up to 20 pictures. It is possible to submit an unlimited number of projects to each nomination.
Project submission
Projects must be submitted by May 15 via email: prafota@gmail.com.

Every project must contain a detailed caption in two languages: Russian/Belarusian and English.

Every image file info must contain a detailed caption in two languages: Russian/Belarusian and English

Entries must include the author’s (author collective) short biography/information and contacts (email and phone numbers).
Technical requirements
— For documentary projects, it is FORBIDDEN to interfere significantly with photography, using photomontage and visual effects, adding frames and logos to the image;
— images must have a resolution of 72 dpi, image size must be — 1200 pixels in length;
— each image must be saved as a separate JPEG file;
— Adobe RGB or sRGB formats are recommended for color images, Gamma 2.2 is recommended for black and white. Images submitted in CMYK format will not be considered;
— image Exif file must be saved;
— image name must contain the category name, shortened series name and the image number, for example — art_name1.jpg, doc_name1.jpg; file names must be written in Latin transcription.
The author (s) or representative acting on their behalf must be the copyright holder (s) or owners of the rights to represent the work.

Copyright holders retain copyright in their works. Sending their works to prafota@gmail.com, the copyright holders transfer to the organizers of the competition unlimited non-exclusive property rights to use the works for activities in all media, including social networks, online and print, in relation to the competition, exhibition, yearbook, and the public, archive, and all advertising and educational events for and under the auspices of the competition, without any reward.

Copyright owners represent and warrant that the provision of images does not violate any law, and, in addition, no third party can have any claims or any objections to the rights granted to the competition, the copyright holders will protect against any claims third parties associated with it.
Anna Shpakova
Jury chairperson
Anna Shpakova is an independent visual editor, cultural producer, and educator.

She has worked as a director of photography at several leading magazines in Russia, including Afisha, Ogoniok, and Snob, as well as the international news agency RIA Novosti.

She worked as an exhibition curator both in Russia and internationally, including at the Moscow Biennial, Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, Rencontres d’Arles, PHotoESPAÑA, WARM Festival, Berlin Photo Festival, and Tbilisi Photo Festival.

She is a commissaire of Russia for PhotoQuaiBiennal and Musée Branly in Paris, France, and founder of the photography department of the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow.

Shpakova graduated in Psychoanalysis, Psychology of Art from Moscow State University.
Dimitri Beck
Dimitri Beck is the director of photography of Polka (magazine+gallery+factory), in Paris. As part of the executive management since 2008, he has been contributing to the development of Polka.

He also hosts a radio programme about images on France Info.

Prior to working at Polka, Dimitri was the Director of the Aina Photo Agency based in the Afghan capital, Kabul from September 2004 to December 2006, where he was also the Editor-in-chief for the Anglo-French feature magazine Les Nouvelles de Kaboul — New Afghanistan. Before, he worked as editor-in-chief for Reza Deghati’s photo agency Webistan.

During his spare time, he gives lectures on photojournalism at conferences and educational institutes such as photojournalism courses in the journalism department at SciencesPo in Paris and also at the photo school Speos. He regularly participates in international photo juries.
Enrico Stefanelli
Enrico Stefanelli is a photographer, journalist, curator and teaches photography in workshops. He is the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival the biennial of photography in Lucca, Italy.

He has been appointed as an expert for portfolio reviews and as a member of the Jury for several festivals of photography worldwide: Les Rencontres d’Arles, Kaunas Festival, Eyes in Progress, Fotofestiwal, 16th China International Photographic Art Festival, FotoFest — Houston, Auckland Festival of Photography, Festival de la Luz — Buenos Aires, Center — Santa Fe, FestFoto — Porto Alegre — Brazil etc.

He was a member of the Nominating committee of the Joop Swart Masterclass at the World Press Photo Foundation until 2018. He is a member of the Nominating committee for the 6 x 6 at the World Press Photo Foundation, and a member of the Nominating committee for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.
Carol Körting
Carol Körting is a photo editor at Leica Fotografie International magazine.

Had started her as a freelance photographer, she studied photo editing at the Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie in Berlin.

She has collaborated as a photo editor at Der Freitag and at Zeit-Magazine in Berlin. And she was the photo editor for the Leica M magazine.

Currently, she works as photo editor and scout photographer for Leica Fotografie International — LFI, the independent magazine which features the best Leica photographers.

She has also given talks and presentations about self-promotion tools at the VII Masterclass in Berlin and in Bilbao at the Basquedokfestival. She was part of the jury team in photo contest organized by Slideluck Editorial, Zenith Magazine and Lugano Photo Days.
Antonina Stebur
Antonina Stebur is a curator and researcher. Graduated from EHU (Vilnius) majoring in Contemporary Visual and Cultural Studies. She studied at the School of Involved Art What to Do? (St. Petersburg).

She has participated as a curator in exhibitions in Belarus, Russia, France, China, Poland, etc. In 2019, together with Hanna Samarskaya, she published the book The History of Belarusian Photography. Collaborates with TransitoryWhite and Art Magazine. Areas of her interest are: community, horizontal relations, feminist criticism, history, social choreography, post-Soviet context.