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Neo Ntsoma is an award winning photographer, educator and consultant whose photos have appeared in international renowned newspapers, magazines and books as well as exhibitions worldwide. In 2004, Ntsoma became the first female recipient of the Mohamed Amin Award, the CNN African Journalist of the Year Photography Prize. Among many of her accolades, Ntsoma is also the recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Photography Award and the co-author of ‘Women by Women’, a book on 50 years of women’s photography in South Africa commissioned by the Ministry of Arts and Culture and published by Wits University Press. She worked for Sunday Times (SA) and The Star (SA) newspapers, before starting her own visual communications and multimedia company, Neo Ntsoma Productions in 2007, shooting photo documentaries for corporate clients like, Africa Business Network (ABN), Facebook Inc., Netflix and others. She has also collaborated with international and local NGOs like UNAIDS, Oxfarm GP, Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Transnet Foundation. Besides creating visual narratives, Ntsoma is also a dedicated educator and mentor to photographers around the world and lectures frequently on visual storytelling and the world of media.
Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. Nwagbogu was appointed as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019. Nwagbogu also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos. He is the publisher of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary art from Africa and its diasporas. Nwagbogu is a curator with a special interest in future museology.

Jason Houston is a photographer whose work looks how we live on the planet and with each other, exploring human experience from the perspective of culture and community. He works closely with the communities he photographs, including various collaborative and participatory approaches, to learn from and accurately document their lives, understand the issues that affect them, and drive awareness to help guide social and environmental change. Jason has partnered with many organizations including The Nature Conservancy, WWF, UNESCO, USAID, and the Pulitzer Center on projects ranging from wildland firefighting in the American west, maternal healthcare in Haiti and Nepal, and orangutang conservation in Borneo, to documentation of small-scale fisheries throughout the developing tropics and indigenous rights in the Amazon. His work has been published editorially and exhibited publicly around the world and he is a Senior Fellow at International League of Conservation Photographers and a Senior Fellow at Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.
Sarah Waiswa is a Ugandan-born and Kenya-based documentary and portrait photographer with an interest in exploring the New African Identity on the continent. With degrees in sociology and psychology, Sarah’s work explores social issues in Africa in a contemporary and non-traditional way. In 2015, she was awarded first place in the story and creative categories in the Uganda Press Photo Awards and second place in the Daily Life and portrait categories. In 2016 she was awarded the Discovery Award in Arles, France and in 2017 she was awarded the Gerald Kraak Award in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2018, she was named a Canon Brand Ambassador and was selected for the World Press Photo 6x6 Africa Program. Her work has been exhibited around the world, most recently at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. Her work is currently on display at the Bristol Photo Festival 2021 in collaboration with the Bristol Archives. Her photographs have been published in the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the New York Times, among other publications and she has worked with brands such as Christian Dior and Chloe. Earlier this year she founded African Women in Photography, a non profit organization dedicated to elevating and celebrating the work of women and non binary photographers from Africa.
Toby Kaufmann is an Award-Winning Creative Director, currently at Facebook. She is also the Creative Director of Pur·suit, a digital archive and deck of playing cards re-imagining Catherine Opie’s seminal work from the 90’s, in collaboration with artist Naima Green. In 2020, she curated a show of Naima’s work at Fotografiska in NYC.Before she moved west for Facebook, Toby was the Executive Director of Photography for Refinery29 where she led the brand's photographic vision and expanded video storytelling. She also served as Vice President of The Society of Publication Designers, and co-chaired SPD Gala 53. She consults for Parsons The New School for Design and her work has been recognized by The Webby Awards, American Photography, Photo District News, American Society of Magazine Editors, and SPD.
Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of MediaStorm. MediaStorm publishes diverse narratives, offers advanced storytelling training and collaborates with a diverse group of clients. MediaStorm’s stories and interactive applications have received numerous honors, including 30 Webby nominations (6 time winner), 17 Emmy Award nominations (4 time winner), two duPont Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years in New York as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. From 1995 to 2002 he was director of multimedia at MSNBC.com. Storm received his master's degree in photojournalism in 1995 from the University of Missouri. He lives in Los Gatos, CA and can be reached via brian@mediastorm.com.
Jason Tanner is a photographer, researcher and educator whose professional career began in 2005 covering news, humanitarian, conflict and human rights issues for publications and organisations in the UK, Europe and the USA. He holds a Masters Degree in International Law and Human Rights (2015) and lectures on Visual Journalism, Ethics in Visual Journalism and human rights. His work has covered issues such as Child Rights, Forced Displacement, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Conflict and Political Violence for organisations such as UNHCR, Save the Children, WHO, WaterAid, MSF and ICRC. As the founder of humarightsjournalism.org, he draws on personal and academic experience to facilitate workshops that help journalists and media better understand human rights and ethical approaches to reporting.
Laura Beltrán Villamizar is an independent writer, curator, and creative director in the field of photography and visual arts. She's currently Director of Photography for Atmos Magazine, a publication at the intersection of climate change and social justice. Before that, she was Art Director and Photography Editor at NPR, shaping the brand's visual identity and elevating its visual storytelling throughout all its platforms. In 2016, she founded NATIVE, an online platform that elevates the work of image makers from under-represented communities––Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the African diaspora. As Head of Creative and Strategy at NATIVE, Laura has worked with photographers, illustrators, designers, and filmmakers from around the world, re-imagining interactive visual storytelling through a more inclusive and revolutionary lens. Laura was also the Head of Digital for World Press Photo, elevating the work of award-winning photographers and curating exhibitions around the globe. 

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