Introducing the 2023 jury panel

Arati Kumar-Rao

Arati is a National Geographic Explorer and an independent environmental photographer, writer, and artist who documents ecological degradation. She chronicles South Asia’s changing landscapes and climate and their effect on livelihoods and biodiversity. She is currently on a National Geographic grant to document forced human migration.

“Images can be a powerful wake-up call to action, and that is what we all seem to need: that spur towards action. I am excited to see what our participants have documented and the opportunity their photography will offer to highlight some of the most pressing causes of our time.”

Matilde Gattoni

Matilde is an award-winning photographer covering social, environmental and human rights issues around the world. She has worked extensively in the Middle East, South and Central Asia and Africa, covering topics such as droughts, illegal mining, mass migrations, large scale land grabbing and climate change.

Mattias Klum

Mattias is internationally recognized for describing, visualizing and portraying animals, plants, and natural and cultural settings. He holds an honorary Doctorate in Natural Sciences from Stockholm University and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at WWF Sweden.