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The jury, consisting of personalities from the world of art and culture, accompanies Viviane Esders in choosing the five nominated photographers and the winner among the applicants.

For this 1st edition, the prestigious jury chaired by Viviane Esders is composed of renowned members :

Viviane Esders
Founder of the prize and President of the jury

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Laure Adler
Journalist, biographer, essayist, editor and producer

In the 1980s and 1990s Laure Adler worked in parallel for television and publishing while publishing several books, essays and stories. She was director of France-Culture from 1999 to 2005.
Today she hosts the programme L’Heure bleue on the French public radio station France Inter.

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Astrid Ullens
Art Collector

Astrid Ullens’ story is the story of someone who thought she was nobody. The story of someone who became a personality on the way to becoming a public figure. At 83 years of age, Astrid Ullens is very busy making the most of every moment and created the Fondation A in 2012. The institution focuses on the philosophical significance of documentary photography.
After becoming interested in contemporary art, she discovered a field of exploration in photography corresponding to her expectations as a spectator and her appetite as a collector.
Photography, the discipline that watches the world go by and captures history in the making, is the raison d’être of the A Foundation, which gives meaning to Astrid Ullens’ commitment, but even more so to her life – a place where, she says, «at my age and on my last stretch of the road, it is all about cultivating a spirit of openness.».
by Schooten Whettnall

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Fannie Escoulen
Head of the Department of Photography at the Ministry of Culture

A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles, Fannie Escoulen has been actively involved in the field of photography for over twenty years – with its authors, its audiences and its ecosystem. In 2006, she co-founded the Parisian photography institution LE BAL and served as its joint director until 2014. She then pursued her projects as an independent curator and signed numerous exhibitions, in France and internationally. In September 2021, she was appointed head of the Department of Photography at the Ministry of Culture.

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Antoine de Galbert
Contemporary art collector and patron

Atypical art collector and patron of the arts, Antoine de Galbert created the Antoine de Galbert Foundation in 1999. In 2004, he inaugurated and presided over the Maison Rouge, the private space of the foundation dedicated to contemporary creation, which closed its doors in 2018. The Antoine de Galbert Foundation remains active and continues to help, promote and defend creation in the field of contemporary art.

Charlotte Rampling

British actress, model and singer, Charlotte Rampling is one of the world’s leading film personalities. She is known for her involvement in European art house films in English, French and Italian. An icon of the Swinging Sixties, she began her career as a model and went on to become a fashion icon.

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Tatyana Franck
Director of the French Institute Alliance Française in New York

Tatyana Franck is a Swiss, French and Belgian specialist in photography and modern and contemporary art. From 2015 to 2021, she was the director of the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, now Photo Elysée. She is now taking up her new position at the head of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York.