Introducing the 2023 jury panel

Arati Kumar-Rao

“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.”

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.

Luca Locatelli

Luca is a photographer and filmmaker who focuses on the relationships between humans, science, technology and the environment. His projects are realised in collaboration with journalists, environmentalists and scientists in order to further contextualise his research. Deeply rooted in documentary production, for more than a decade his investigation has focused on the exploration of plausible solutions to the climate crisis of the 21st century. The aim of his work is to contribute to an open discussion about our future on the planet.

Mads Ocean

What a remarkable opportunity to witness our changing world through the lens of passionate photographers, where each image tells a unique story of our environment and its fragility.

Mads is a tropical marine biologist and conservation photographer-filmmaker. Specialising in underwater and marine life, Mads’ work fuses her background in science with storytelling. Mads' has documented some of our most precious marine ecosystems and the people who rely on them. Founder and Managing Director of Women in Ocean Science, Mads is also a fierce advocate for gender equity, elevating the voices of women within the ocean and wildlife space.

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.