Black & White Spider Awards™| The Jury

The International Award Honoring Black & White Photography



For twelve years Black & White Spider Awards has been committed to bringing you world-class Juries selected from the most influential names in the industry. Annually a new jury pool is created to ensure the program's reputation for recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and current trends across the industry. Jury members are selected by exclusive invitation to join the international panel and sent ballots to log on, review the entries and make their nomination selections. Only by having the greatest talent from both sides of the lens do we produce the intoxicating and diverse collections of black and white photography the program is renowned around the globe for showcasing.


12TH ANNUAL JURY - To Be Announced



Genevieve Janvrin - Head of Photographs, Europe

With over 15 years experience in the market of photography, Genevieve began her career in 2002 at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London before moving on in 2007 to hold the inaugural London Photographs sale for Phillips de Pury & Company, where she remained for two years. Since 2009 she has worked for Rex Irwin Fine Art in Sydney, Australia and subsequently returned to London where she has been privately advising and working for Magnum Photos. With over $16 million in sales globally for 2015, the international Photographs Department at Phillips has been a consistent leader in the field.


Benjamin Genocchio - Executive Director

Benjamin Genocchio is executive director of The Armory Show, New York's premier international art fair, showcasing outstanding 20th and 21st century artworks by established and emerging artists. Australian-born, with a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Sydney, where he specialized in Latin American art, Mr. Genocchio is the author and editor of several books on the visual arts and art market, including two on contemporary Asian art. He has written for The New York Times and was editor in chief of Art & Auction and and founding editor in chief of artnet News. Founded in 1994 by four New York gallerists, The Armory Show remains a New York cultural institution, presenting leading international galleries, curatorial initiatives and specially-commissioned projects to visitors from around the world. The fair is a nexus for the international art community, introducing visitors to the most compelling voices in the visual arts and fostering dialogue, insights and inspiration.


Ignatius Jones - Creative Director

Vivid Sydney, now in its eighth year, is Australia's major event in winter and is recognised as the largest event of its kind in the world combining light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. The program features large scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas). All three celebrate Sydney as a creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. Vivid Sydney was voted Australia's Best Tourism Event in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Urs Meile - Director

Since its establishment in 1992, Galerie Urs Meile has contributed to the presentation and dissemination of contemporary art, from painting and sculpture to photography, installation and video. The gallery is working from two locations: Lucerne (Switzerland) and Beijing (China). While its center of operations is based in Switzerland, the Beijing gallery - located in the center of the art district Caochangdi - has established itself as an international meeting place for collectors, curators, artists and aficionados of the arts. The gallery designed by Ai Weiwei reflects influences from traditional Chinese architecture. Five buildings host exhibition spaces and an artist-in-residence studio. The gallery represents established artists such as Ai Weiwei, Wim Delvoye (in Asia), Xie Nanxing, Qiu Shihua, Not Vital and Wang Xingwei, as well as emerging artists such as Cheng Ran, Li Gang, Christian Schoeler, Julia Steiner and Yan Xing. The artist-in-residence program supported and run by Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing offers Western artists the opportunity to work in China for several months and establish a network within the Chinese art scene.


Jerome Jacobs - Director

Since 1998 AEROPLASTICS contemporary has been an unconventional gallery in Brussels and alternates between extensive group and monographic exhibitions including a important part with photography. Gallery director and curator Jerome Jacobs encourages confrontation between both established and emerging artists, giving preference to works with a direct language and immediate visual accessibility. During an age dominated by neo-conceptual aesthetics, Aeroplastics_Jerome Jacobs differs markedly in its programming by focusing on the image and the panoply of challenges this presents.


Mihnea Gheorghiu - Group Creative Director

Mihnea got into advertising when he was 19, in Leo Burnett Bucharest. In the years that followed he worked in Paris, London, Madrid, Toronto and New York for brands like Xerox, Mattel, P&G, Bacardi, Land Rover, Virgin Atlantic, MTV, Canon, UNIQLO, Oreo, cigarettes and political campaigns. The work he created and creative directed over the years has won Cannes, Clio, One Show, Young Guns, Andy, D&AD, New York Festivals, Art Directors Club, London International, Eurobest, Epica, Golden Drum and Effie. Mihnea likes to think of new things to say or new ways to say the same things. He really enjoys that stuff. That, and raccoons. Mihnea thinks that raccoons are cool. Since 2013, Mihnea is a Group Creative Director in Publicis Bucharest. And since 2016, he's the Vice President of Art Directors Club Romania.


Elisabeth Ramfjord - Director

Galleri Ramfjord was founded 16 years ago by Elisabeth Ramfjord. Centrally located in Oslo, our premises hold three exhibition spaces constituting more than 4,300 sq. ft. in total area. Historically, the gallery's primary focus has been emerging artists, and it is still our mission to champion newcomers. However, since the artists who joined our stable 16 years ago have now made names for themselves, we currently also represent well-established artists. A dynamic exhibition venue in downtown Oslo, Galleri Ramfjord is known for its frequent cross-disciplinary events and artistic stunts. While now a well-established gallery in Norway, we consider ourselves "up-and-coming" on the international art scene. Over the past two years, we have collaborated with partner venues in New York, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Our very first entry onto the international art fair circuit occurred at Art Copenhagen in August 2013 and proved a great success, attracting much attention both to the gallery and to the represented artists. As one of very few fair exhibitors, Galleri Ramfjord was featured in primetime on Danish National Television. We also participated at SCOPE during Art Basel Miami week in December 2013 with great success.


Hanna Huitu -Director

Hanna Huitu is director of Galerie Anhava, which focuses on contemporary Finnish and Nordic art with an active role at the international level. The gallery's exhibition program encompasses all forms of contemporary visual art, from painting and sculpture to photography, video and installation, with special emphasis on conceptual art. With fifteen years' experience in the field of contemporary art, Hanna has worked on projects with Jacob Dahlgren, Anne-Karin Furunes, Antti Laitinen, Jani Ruscica, Jorma Puranen, Anna Tuori, Santeri Tuori and Salla Tykkä among others. Galerie Anhava participates in international fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Brussels, Art Hong Kong, ARCOmadrid, The Armory Show, Artissima, Chart and Market.

BONHAMS - London

Ingram Reid - Specialist

Since 2011 Ingram has worked for Bonhams auctioneers, London; one of the world's oldest and largest auction houses. There he specialises in Modern British & Irish art, from Edwardian Art to the Neo-Romantics, The Bloomsbury Group, Post-War, Constructivists, The London School, Kitchen Sink, St Ives and Camden Town. In recent years Ingram has worked with a number of important single owner collections including the Arnold & Barbara Burton Collection and the Elizabeth Creak Collection of works by Ivon Hitchens. Previously he has held positions in both an established London Cork Street gallery and a prominent American gallery. Ingram holds a degree in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales.


Silvan Fässler - Director

Leading positions in international art trade since 1994, amongst others in the position of director of a renowned European art gallery for Classic Modern and Russian avant-garde, as well as specialist of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie's International. Foundation of Silvan Faessler Fine Art in Zug/Switzerland, in spring 2006. Member of the Swiss Art Trading Association since 2007, member of the board since 2012. Member of CINOA. Engagements to cultural operating foundations in the position of conservator and exhibition curator, member of art foundation boards and art prize juror. Publications of articles specialized in art of the 20th Century. Co-author of the biographic encyclopedia of Swiss Art edited by the Swiss Institute for fine arts Zurich.


Dr. Stefan Kallinka - Director

The ARTFACTORY CLUB is a contemporary art gallery in Austria and was established in 2014. It is dedicated to the promotion of Avant-Garde Art of contemporary European artists, providing original fine art to established and emerging collectors. The ARTFACTORY CLUB is specialized in the world-famous artists Gerhard Richter, Franz Gertsch and Helmut Ditsch. Their works stand out for the high quality and impressive power they perform on the viewer. An important characteristic of the ARTFACTORY CLUB is the realisation of exhibitions at public spaces with free entry to provide art to all interested people, regardless of their social background. Therefore the art gallery organized the Gira Nacional in cooperation with Helmut Ditsch in 2014, an exhibition tour which the Argentinian artist originally started in 2010 in his home country. During the tour his paintings were shown in several cities in the interior of Argentina with hundreds of thousands of visitors. After a successful first year the ARTFACTORY CLUB decided to open a second branch in Vaduz, Liechtenstein in 2015. In 2016 the ARTFACTORY CLUB started exhibiting at international art fairs.


Wes Phelan - Creative Director

Wes Phelan is a South African creative currently working in New York City. Since joining Johannes Leonardo in 2013, Phelan has worked across a number of the agency's accounts, most notably on adidas Originals and TripAdvisor. His work on those accounts has seen tangible business impact and also a successful 2015 awards season with multiple Cannes Lions, including a Silver in Creative Data for TripAdvisor's Hotel Cup campaign. Most recently he has focused his efforts on the adidas Originals business as creative director where he currently oversees all global creative work across the brand. His first adidas campaign came to life in a yearlong story to relaunch one of the world's most iconic sneakers - the Superstar - by questioning the notion of fame and creativity. Despite the number of local and international accolades across virtually every industry award show, Wes is foremost committed to winning hearts, rather than trophies. He is continuously always striving to connect the audience with the brand in a unique and memorable way.


Barth Pralong - Director

Present on the Geneva art scene since 1990, Art Bärtschi & Cie has throughout the years, developed a unique and well defined exhibition program, confirming its particular focus on art from the 80's until today. In 2010 the gallery celebrated 20 years of activity with an exhibition of all the artists that have participated on the development of the programme. The gallery is located, in the La Praille district, a former industrial area which is undergoing a major redevelopment project. This district is destined to become a very dynamic area of economic, social and cultural activity and will provide a model of contemporary urban planning in the Geneva Canton. This redevelopment project allowed the creation of Quartier de l'Étoile, an association that brings together eleven art spaces in this industrial area which aims to promote art and culture in Geneva through a dynamic program of exhibitions and international events. With an exhibition floor space of over 250m2, the gallery's mission is to promote the work of both, established and young artists.


Conny Dietzschold - Director

Conny Dietzschold is the Curator and Director of Conny Dietzschold Galleries, Cologne, Sydney and Hong Kong and curates exhibitions for art institutions, writes for art magazines and lectures at museums on art and values in Germany and Australia. The gallery expanded in 2013 with the Conny Dietzschold Gallery Project Room. Ms. Dietzschold is a member of the selection committee of Art Central Hong Kong (Art Fair) and a freelance academic lecturer on motivation and creative innovative thinking and professional practice at COFA, University of NSW. Actively involved in the international visual art scene, the gallery attends major international art fairs in Cologne, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Seoul.


Emilia Genuardi - Curator and Art Director

Emilia Genuardi is co-founder at Velvet Dot and a freelance curator. Ms. Genuardi worked for more than 10 years as a photographer's agent and producer for renowned agencies such as Métis and Rapho. Since 2012 she has been the curator and art director at Galerie Madé, Paris, bringing together established artists and avant-garde creations. In 2016 Emilia Genuardi co-founded Velvet Dot, producing photographic portraits of private clients by renowned artists as unique pieces.


Ally Derks - Director

Ally Derks (1958) is one of the most influential people in the Dutch film world. She founded IDFA in 1988. The first edition of the festival screened 80 films to an audience of around three thousand. IDFA has since become the leading documentary festival in the world, receiving 271,000 visitors last year. In recognition of this achievement, Ally Derks has been presented with numerous awards, including the Bannink Cock medal for her contribution to the city of Amsterdam. In 2011, Derks was awarded the prestigious Doc Mogul Award at the Canadian documentary festival Hot Docs, and last year she was made a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French ambassador to the Netherlands. She has been referred to as 'The High Priestess of Documentaries' by 'Indiewire' magazine. Under Derks' passionate leadership, IDFA has grown into much more than just a festival. IDFA Forum has developed into a leading international co-finance and co-production platform; Docs For Sale is a marketplace for the purchase and sale of films; the IDFA Bertha Fund provides support to filmmakers from non-Western countries; DocLab is IDFA's ground-breaking new media programme; the IDFAcademy is a major development institute for international documentary talent, and each year more than 10,000 children are exposed to documentary film through the IDFA schools' screenings. And all of this is just a snapshot of the many activities carried out by and through IDFA.


Beto Noriega - Creative Director

Beto Noriega is a Creative Director and Art Director with 14 years of experience in leading advertising agencies including: MAYO DraftFCB, JWT, Y&R, DDB and TBWA.


Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS - Director-General

The Royal Photographic Society is the United Kingdom's leading photography organisation. The Society exists to promote photography and to help everyone realise their potential as a photographer. It does this through exhibitions, distinctions and workshops and its public activities. The International Print and International Images for Science Exhibitions are held annually alongside exhibitions organized by Special Interest Groups, Regions and Overseas Chapters. The Society holds a number of exhibitions and competitions for members and non-members.


Tobias Wacker - Creative Director

Hasan & Partners is a 25-year old marketing communications agency with 111 people from 10 different countries, based in Helsinki and Stockholm. We do things just the opposite from the multinational advertising networks. We follow a 'one team' model in which you get the best professionals working for you - managed by a single client service director. Whether you need customer insights, analytics, change management, PR, digital production or a video, you've got it.


Diane Ruggie - Partner/Creative Director

Hair, skin, eyes, legs, breasts, feet, clothes, food, phones, cars, computers, credit cards, cleaning supplies, tax returns, antiperspirant, anti smoking, dinosaur bones, crown jewels, French fries, memory loss and chocolate. These are a few of the categories in which Diane Ruggie has award-winning brand experience. Juries from The New York Festivals to Cannes, Clios to London International have recognized her work with every metal made, and a few with special judges awards for writing excellence. After more than 25 years at DDB Chicago and long known for contributing her female point of view in that big agency pond, Diane established Velocebella in 2012. Velocebella ("fast and beautiful" in Italian) is a creative and compassionate, independent agency that specializes in ideas that click, quick, with women.


Marcel Wijnen - Creative Director

Marcel has over 20 years experience advising companies to challenge their sectors, reinventing change their brands and creating new iconic identities and new engaging experiences. His career spans across Asia, Europe and Australia, where he has helped a broad spectrum of companies from airlines, banks, telcos, retailers, FMCG, industrial, governments and fashion brands. Marcel is currently located in Sydney where he is Creative Director of Marque Branding Consultants and Anthem Worldwide. Previously, Marcel was in Singapore, where he was the Executive Creative Director, South-East Asia at Interbrand - one the world's largest and leading brand consultancies.

TBWA - Paris

Bruno Bicalho Carvalhaes - Creative | Art Director

Brazilian Art Director Bruno Bicalho Carvalhaes graduated in Social Communication, Advertising at the UFMG, Brazil and moved to Paris in 2009 to do a master degree in Digital Communication and Semiologie at Paris University, Saint Denis and Sorbonne. He worked at Ogilvy Paris for 5 years with clients such as Coke, Fanta, Nestea, IBM, Philips, Dove, Louis Vuitton, Mattel, M6 Mobile, Prince de Lu, Europcar and Nestle. He recently moved to TBWA Paris, where he'll be working with brands like McDonalds, Playstation, Michelin and SNCF.


Nick Scott - Creative Partner

Nick Scott is Creative Partner at Studio Hansa and has created brand narratives for CBS, MTV, Chivas, Google, Canal +, BBC and Land Rover. Internationally recognized by Promax, Campaign & BIMA, his work spans a range of media that has been enjoyed by millions. Global festival showcases include: BAFTA, Cannes, London Independent Film Festival, Resfest, LA New wave Film Festival and Rushes Short Film Festival. His work for EMI/Iron Maiden's Final Frontier was the third most tweeted subject in the world upon release. Most recently his film Bad Day at the Office finished a successful global film circuit tour and went viral.


Donovan Aikman - Programmer

Donovan Aikman is the Programmer for the Victoria Film Festival. Since 1998, he has been actively involved in the selection of almost every single film amongst the thousands upon thousands of films that have screened there. He is also deeply involved in the technical aspects of projection at the festival's screenings. Every summer, he also organizes and runs VFF's outdoor film screenings series The Free-B Film Fest in Beacon Hill Park, showing genre cinema gems for families of all ages. Originally coming from a short film production background, he has been an active member of Victoria's film community for two decades.


Claire Monneraye - Curator

Claire Monneraye is Curator at the Australian Centre for Photography. She has curated a number of exhibitions that have showcased Australian and international photomedia artists, allowing the examination of photography in its historical tradition and its contemporary digital form, and providing critical keys to the discussions surrounding the medium. Prior to working at ACP, she worked as Exhibition Registrar at Centre Pompidou and Exhibition Project Manager at RMN- Grand Palais, Paris; projects included the Louise Bourgeois retrospective and Anish Kapoor's Monumenta. Established in 1973, the Australian Centre for Photography is Australia's leading arts organisation, devoted to the practice and appreciation of photography. ACP presents major exhibitions which showcase the work of Australian and International artists, provides a wide range of travelling exhibitions, facilitating the critical awareness and enjoyment of photographic exhibitions by a broader audience, and strives to expand the reach of Australian photographic artists overseas. The ACP Workshop offers an extensive range of courses and masterclasses for people of all ages to hone their skills and creativity in photography.


David Clarke - Curator, Fine Art Photography Specialist

David Clarke has been a fine art photography professional for over 30 years. Head of Photography for the Tate Gallery from 1994 to 2014, he oversaw management of 11 staff at 5 Tate sites and the implementation of his main objective, to digitize and publish all works of art in the Tate Collection. The Collection consists of over 90,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper. David was also ultimately responsible for all photography carried out at Tate, including scientific, press, promotion and the image management systems which make the images accessible to staff and public alike. Mr Clarke's personal work has been exhibited at galleries and museums from London to Beijing. He is also a founding member for the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography which is an international membership organization founded to support and promote fine art photography.


Paola Anselmi - Curator and Arts Writer

Paola Anselmi is an Australian-based Independent Curator and Arts Writer. Over the last 20 years, Paola has been a regular reviewer and contributor to a wide range of Australian arts publications on contemporary art practice, exhibitions catalogues and artist publications. Since 1990 Paola has undertaken numerous public and private collection development projects as well as held curatorial and research roles at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection, City of Fremantle Collection, The Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato, and until recently was the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator at The City of Perth. As a major supporter and advocate of photo-media practice in Australia, Paola has been appointed to the Exhibition/Public Programs Committee for the Perth Centre for Photography. She has regularly curated the work of Western Australian photo-media artists since 1993, and in 2013 completed research into the last 21 years of the Perth Centre for Photography, which led to the exhibition Momentum.


Conrad Hechter - Correspondent

Conrad Hechter studied film-making and photography in Sydney where he ran a school for foreign students and revelled in the exceptional light quality of Terra Australis. Moving to USA Conrad worked as Gallery Director at Michael Shapiro Gallery, San Francisco and David Aden Gallery in Santa Monica. He was the Business Director of FotoFactory Press and helped curate numerous catalogues and shows. He was correspondent for Studio Magazines (Black + White and Blue) and is currently based at University of the Arts London.


Andrea de Polo - Cultural Heritage Consultant

Andrea joined Alinari in 1994 and was responsible for developing its new technology department. He became Head of the Photographic Conservation and Supervisor of the Digital Workflow and responsible for aggregating new content and scouting for new potential photographic partner agencies, worldwide. By working at Alinari, the oldest photo archive in the world with over 5.5 million images from 19th and 20th century, Andrea has been involved in projects in thematic research topics: IPR and content protection, digital rights management, intelligent visual search, best practice digitization and preservation issues, integration and content sharing across large multilingual networks and digital libraries. Andrea has been a member of many affiliate groups including the Appraiser Association of America, Inc., IEEE, IS&T, PMA, PIEA, I3A, American Institute of Conservation, CEPIC, IPTC-Photo metadata group and Society of Imaging Science and technology. Andrea has a Museum Studies certificate in photo conservation and a BFA Fine Art, RIT University, Rochester, USA.


Michael Dooney - Owner/Director

Jarvis Dooney Galerie presents a thematically curated programme of contemporary photography and photo media, with a focus on artists from Australia and New Zealand. Representing both established and emerging artists, the gallery also hosts artists talks and presentations, providing a platform for cultural exchange between Germany and Oceania. Michael Dooney established Jarvis Dooney (formally Galerie Pavlova) with a focus on contemporary photography and photo media from both established and emerging artists. Drawing on his own experience as an Australian living in Europe, the galleries programme is primarily built around artists from Australia and New Zealand. Inspired by the institutional model, the gallery is also a forum for dialogue and cultural exchange with the German and European audience. Future plans include assisted residencies between Germany, Australia and New Zealand, individual publications and collaboration with international institutes. Mr. Dooney lectures with the NODE Center for Curatorial Studies, is a commissioned judge for the Reminders Photography Stronghold grant, and is a regular panelist in portfolio reviews.


Olivier Castaing - Director



Nicole Werbeck - Senior Photo Editor