The Ethical Image

This conference brings together leading experts to discuss the ethical challenges faced by those who create, publish and use images in the course of their daily work

The Ethical Image: Challenges in Visualising a Changing World
6 October 2018
The University of Hong Kong

This event is organised by the World Press Photo Foundation ‘Explore’ program, the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong, and Rights Exposure. It is supported by the WYNG Media Award (WMA) the Google News Initiative.

Topic and program

The visual representation of critical and global issues is both necessary and ubiquitous. Visual representation both calls attention to problems and frames possible solutions. More people than ever before have the capacity to produce, share and receive images of important issues affecting our world today, be they human rights abuses, the degradation of the environment, or economic inequality. The proliferation of images not only raises urgent questions on the ethics of creating and disseminating photos of those impacted by these issues but also requires us to re-appraise whether past critiques and responses are still appropriate and effective in our 24/7 digital world.

This conference will bring together leading experts from Asia and beyond working in academia, the media and the NGO community to discuss the ethical challenges faced by those who create, publish and use images in the course of their daily work, with the Rohingya crisis being the main case study.

Over a single day, three panels will be convened. The program and list of participants is as follows:

Panel 1: The Ethical Image: Challenges in Visualising a Changing World

  • David Campbell, World Press Photo Foundation - Moderator
  • Julia Chiung-wen Hsu, Country Contact, Chinese-Speaking Network, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
  • Iain Martin, News Editor (Asia), Storyful
  • Philippe Massonnet, APAC Regional Director, Agence France-Presse
  • Tanvi Mishra, Photo Editor/Curator, The Caravan magazine/PIX

Panel 2: The Ethics and Politics of Representing the Rohingya Crisis

  • Aunohita Mojumdar, Editor, Himal Southasian - Moderator
  • Patrick Brown, Photographer, Panos Pictures
  • Hannah McKay, Photographer, Reuters
  • Minzayar Oo, Photographer, Panos Pictures
  • Matthew Smith, Founder and CEO, Fortify Rights

Panel 3: How to Produce and Use Images Ethically

  • Robert Godden, Rights Exposure - Moderator
  • Aarti Kapoor, Managing Director and Lead Consultant, Embode
  • Jessica Lim, Director, Angkor Photo Festival and Workshops
  • Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, Photo Editor, National Geographic
  • Stanley So, Education Manager, Oxfam Hong Kong

The Way Forward - Building Practical Solutions:

  • Claudia Hinterseer, Senior Video Producer, South China Morning Post – Moderator
  • David Campbell, Director of Communications and Engagement, World Press Photo Foundation
  • Robert Godden, Director of Campaigns and Communications, Rights Exposure
  • Aunohita Mojumdar, Editor, Himal Southasian
  • Eric Wishart, Special Editorial Projects, Agence France-Presse

The outcome from each panel will be a two-page compilation of the insights provided by the panelists, including concrete suggestions for solutions and sharing of best practice. The conference will be filmed and made available online in order to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible.


Lecture Room 2, Level LG1, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building
Main Campus, The University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

A complimentary light lunch will be offered to all attendees. Please bring your own water bottle to refill at drinking water stations at the venue. Bottled water is not on sale or provided on campus.