Aidan Sullivan to replace David Friend as jury chair

Aidan Sullivan, vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images, will chair the 2012 World Press Photo Photo Contest jury. He takes over the task from David Friend who has been forced to pull out for medical reasons.

Sullivan started his career as a staff photographer for a local newspaper in the UK at the age of 18 and then freelanced as a news photographer in Fleet Street, covering events and conflicts around the globe. He later joined The Sunday Times in London as deputy picture editor, soon becoming the picture editor and subsequently joining The Sunday Times Magazine as assistant editor responsible for photography. In 2005, Sullivan joined Getty Images and relocated to New York. He created Reportage for Getty Images in 2009, representing some of the leading international photojournalists and documentary photographers in 2009. Sullivan is currently based in London. He was previously a member of the 2011 World Press Photo contest jury.

World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke comments: “We were looking forward to welcoming David Friend to head this year’s jury and we wish him a speedy recovery. At the same time, we are thrilled that Aidan Sullivan is able and willing to replace him at such a short notice. Aidan’s association with World Press Photo goes back a long way and, having participated in last year’s contest jury, Aidan has the right experience to tackle the demanding task of the jury chair.”

Nineteen recognized professionals in the field of press photography worldwide are judging the entries of the 55th World Press Photo contest at the foundation’s office in Amsterdam from 28 January until 9 February 2012. The winners will be announced on 10 February in a press conference at the Amsterdam City Hall and on the foundation’s website.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

About World Press Photo

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

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The press department at World Press Photo, or tel. +31(0)20 676 6096.

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