Three Questions: Gary Knight

Gary Knight. © Philip Blenkinsop

The chair of the 2013 photo contest jury talks about his expectations for the upcoming contest.

World Press Photo: What do you expect to see in this year's contest, with regard to the form?
Gary Knight: I am looking forward to being surprised by imaginative photography that is original, curious, and thoughtful. I am not concerned at all about what equipment has been used, I am not sure it's really very relevant. I would love to see a representation of the world that isn't reductive, that doesn't represent the world in photographic cliches - old or new cliches. Since the first year I judged the contest, I saw photographers emulating work that had been successful in previous years or plagiarizing the style and vision of someone else. I dearly hope that I don't have to wade through thousands of pictures like that. A lot of the work can end up looking so similar, it's hard to identify one body of work from another.

World Press Photo: What do you expect to see in this year's contest, with regard to the content of images?
Gary Knight: To be honest, I haven't given much thought to what photographers will enter. I am more interested in how photographers have photographed something than what they have photographed.

World Press Photo: What tips would you give to photographers entering the contest?
Gary Knight: Less is more and edit and sequence your images thoughtfully.