Photo Contest Jury Members

Edwin Janzen

Born in Winnipeg and working in Montreal, visual artist Edwin Janzen constructs fantasy scenarios and other reflections on themes of security, surveillance, media and technology. Often inspired by the Cold War period, that era’s vivid visual language, as drawn from cinema, sci-fi literature, car and travel culture, space exploration and consumer electronics, appears and plays throughout his work. Edwin has exhibited his projects—which cut across various media including print, photography, digital imaging, video, installation and art books—in diverse locations across Canada. He completed an MFA at the University of Ottawa (2010), a BFA at Concordia University (2008) and a BA in history (Byzantine Empire) from the University of Manitoba (1993). Also a contract writer and editor, Edwin has written for Canadian Art, Border Crossings, C Magazine and other publications, as well as hundreds of commercial clients.

Sarah Seené

Sarah Seené is a French analog photographer based in Montreal, working with 35mm and instant photography. She’s doing everything by hand in the darkroom (hand-processed and hand-printing). Her world is composed of a strange atmosphere, between dream and poetry, tinted with childhood and loneliness; her images being suspended in time and unreal.
She’s part of The 12.12 project and World Wide Women, two international collectives of women analog photographers. She’s the co-founder of a long distance collaboration project called I’ll Be Your Mirror, with the American photographer Sarah Elise Abramson. Her work has been shown in about 30 exhibitions, solo and collective, in Paris, Berlin, Prague, Milan, Amsterdam, London, Montreal and New York. It’s been published in a lot of international magazines and webzines.

Naser Mohammadi

Nasser Mohammadi is a digital photographer born in Iran. His work is mainly on documentary photography. He began his art activity in 1998 and now he is a photography instructor in University of Zanjan, Iran. Naser has participated in several solo and collective photo exhibitions. Also, he has been a jury member in a few photo contests. Compiling a book about variety of mosques in Zanjan, several published photo articles in magazines, and participating in different workshops as an instructor form some of his photography resume.

Mostafa Ahmadi

A graduate from New York Film Academy, Mostafa Ahmadi started his art work in 1989. He is a freelance film director. He has collaborated with several Iranian and American famous film makers as an assistant. His last movie, Closer, was screened in Montreal’s 39th World Film Festival. In his resume, Mostafa also has the translation of several stories from famous authors such as woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman.

Photo Contest Director

Hamed Tabein

Hamed Tabein is an Iranian-born photographer based in Montreal. His speciality is documentary photography, though he also teaches, writes and translates articles about photography. He has worked and exhibited his work widely in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Germany and Canada. Several solo and collective photo exhibitions, workshops, published articles including translating and compiling, and photo contest management are present in his resume. His works are a combination of art photography and photo journalism. Hamed always tries to show his world by his point of view; however, he prefers not to be known as a photojournalist.

Photo Contest Exhibition Co-curator

Afarin Rahmanifar

Afarin Rahmanifar is an award winning artist, educator, and curator. She received her master of fine arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Connecticut. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Connecticut State University. Her artistic vision originates from intersecting points of Eastern and Western culture. Ms. Rahmanifar specializes in painting, mixed media, installation, animated motion picture, film, and Persian miniature. Afarin has exhibited extensively across the United State, China, India, and Canada. The retrospective solo exhibition of her work will be featured at SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, and Art Walk Gallery, Hartford, CT in 2017.

Her first curatorial practice was in 2001 as President of the Connecticut Women Artists Association. From that point forward, Afarin has curated numerous exhibitions in many different museums. Some of her recent curatorial exhibitions include, “Iranian Artist’s Exhibits” at the Akus Gallery in Willimantic, Connecticut in 2010 and “Under Raw Skin” at the Art Space Gallery, also in Willimantic, Connecticut held in 2014. In 2015, Ms. Rahmanifar curated “Azadi Va Edalat” held at The Museum of Art at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. In 2016, she curated “Embodied Narratives” at the Art Space Gallery in Willimantic, CT. She is a guest co-curator at Benevolence Photography Exhibition Co-Organized by CaféLitt and Tirgan Biennial Festival in Toronto, Canada, 2017.

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