Sudharak Olwe (Jury Chair) was conferred the Padma Shri in 2016 for his decades of unparalleled photojournalistic work. His work on manual scavengers led to the publication of In Search of Dignity and Justice in 2015. Since 1988, Olwe has championed for the rights of the underprivileged, powerless and the vulnerable. He founded The Photography Promotion Trust (PPT) to use photography to influence change in the lives of socially marginalised communities. He is presently the Photo Editor of Lokmat, India’s largest read Marathi newspaper.
Sanjeev Saith has been associated with photography for the past 40 years, initially as an active photographer till 2002, and thereafter as an editor of books, monographs and exhibitions. His personal work has been collected by the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Art Heritage, New Delhi, among others. As a cameraman on the Indian Everest Expedition in 1984, he shot the documentary film which received the National Award. He’s also been on the jury of many reputed grants.
P. Sainath former rural affairs editor of The Hindu, is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s most prestigious prize (and often referred to as the ‘Asian Nobel’), for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts. He is the Founding Editor of PARI – People’s Archive of Rural India. In his 34-year-long journalistic career, Sainath has won over 40 global and national awards. Two documentary films on his work, Nero’s Guests and A Tribe of his Own, have won over 20 global awards.