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ČTK Photobank head to chair Czech Press Photo 2021 jury


Petr Mlch, the editor-in-chief of the ČTK Photobank, will be the chairman of the international jury at the 27th Czech Press Photo contest. It is for the second year in row that Czech Photo, the organiser of Czech Press Photo, announced the competition for the best domestic journalistic photography in a situation affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Authors can submit their photos to the competition electronically from September 1 to September 30. The best photos of last year are exhibited in the National Museum.

"Although I have been on the Czech Press Photo jury several times, this year it will be like the first time. It will be a big responsibility. I am already looking forward to the thousands of photos that come to the competition every year,” said Mlch, who has been working for ČTK since 1999 and has been the editor-in-chief of the ČTK Photobank since 2009.

In addition to taking care of the ČTK photo archive, Mlch has mediated cooperation with a number of foreign and domestic partners for the national agency, including Associated Press as an exclusive partner. Under his leadership, the ČTK Photobank began to focus on new projects, such as exhibitions, book publications, photo adjustments and custom photography. Mlch has co-authored the ČTK's Václav Havel photo exhibition (2012) and open-air travelling exhibitions Moments of the Century (2018), Moments of the Velvet Revolution (2019), Undesired Moments (2020) and The Olympic Moments (2021), which can be seen throughout the country all year round.

Czech Press Photo 2021 has announced eight photographic categories: News, Reportage, Everyday Life, Art and Culture, Sport, Portrait, Man and the Environment, and People that are talked about. As usual, annual creative scholarship Prague Grant, selected and bestowed by the Mayor of Prague, will be awarded at the competition.

As a new feature, the competition will now include Czech Photo Junior for primary school pupils and secondary school students. They will compete in three age categories. Young photographers will be able to send their photos until the competition’s closing date, which is September 30, 2021. The evaluation of the best photos will take place together with the Czech Press Photo professional competition.

The competition manager will be renowned reportage photographer Dan Materna, while Mlch will chair the jury. The jury will also include Adrian Evans, the head of the Panos Pictures agency from Britain, Sean Gallup, the chief photographer at Getty Images from Germany, Alžběta Jungrová, a photographer of the 400ASA group, and Jan Zátorský, a photographer at the Mafra media house. The jury will be selecting the best of the entered photos in the Czech Photo Centre gallery from October 17 to October 19.