Curator

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Liz Ikiriko

Liz Ikiriko is the Art Director for online media arts journal - The Ethnic Aisle. She is the former Photo Editor for various magazines including Toronto Life, Macleans, Away, Canadian Business and MoneySense magazines as well, she was a visual researcher on CBC's George Stroumbouloupolos Tonight. She has been a portfolio reviewer at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photo Festival, Ryerson and OCAD photography programs. In her curatorial research, she is pursuing the history of Canadian cultural identity in art practices.

Judges

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Claire Sykes

Claire co-directs and owns Circuit Gallery, a Toronto-based commercial gallery specializing in contemporary photography that she and Susana Reisman founded in 2008.

The Gallery represents a small stable of both Canadian and international artists that includes: Alejandro Cartagena, Donald Weber, Robert Bean, Akihiko Miyoshi, Paulo Catrica, Eamon Mac Mahon, and Naomi Harris. The gallery curates for our artists and others. In 2014 Circuit Gallery entered a presentation partnership with Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, giving the gallery an exciting new exhibition venue in the 401 Richmond building, a destination arts-hub in downtown Toronto. Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA holds four exhibitions a year at this location.

Claire has graduate degrees in Art History (Western, 1999) and Visual and Cultural Studies (University of Rochester, 2006).

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Setareh Sarmadi

Setareh Sarmadi has been, for 9 years and counting, involved in photo editing in many forms. From the edit of a storied archive at the National Ballet of Canada to most all topics on the editorial front including time at FASHION, Toronto Life, Canadian Business, Macleans and Sportnset magazines. Currently working as an Art Buyer at SID LEE - a fancy term for all things photo related in advertising.

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Kathi Ziolkowski

Kathi Ziolkowski is the CEO of KZM agency, a 14 year old multi-platform creative services and production agency. KZM represents a carefully curated roster of photographers, videographers, producers and content creators and works with clients such as Vice, Uniqlo, L’Oréal, Birks, Indigo, Estée Lauder, Gap, Adidas, UnderArmour and Louis Vuitton to name a few.

While running KZM Agency, she also represented The Coveteur and spent four years developing their sales and brand partnerships, working with publishers such as Elle, Bazaar, InStyle, Refinery 29 and clients internationally, developing branded content, events and product partnerships. Previously she was the International Director of PR at Club Monaco, launching the brand into the US, and working in partnerships between celebrities and publications such as Wallpaper*. Kathi began her career as the executive producer of advertising at Holt Renfrew, hiring creative teams internationally, and working with photographers such as Alistair Taylor Young, Brigitte Lacombe, Chris Nicholls, Colin Faulkner, Diego Uchitel, Ellen Von Unwerth, Greg Kadel, Helena Christensen, Jean Francois Campos, Mario Sorrenti, Max Abadian, Martien Mulder, Ruven Afanador, Serge Leblon, and Takay.

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Zun Lee

Zun Lee is an award-winning Canadian photographer, physician and educator.

His work focuses on the importance of quotidian Black life and has led to publications in the New York Times, Slate, Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Washington Post, Forbes, and Hyperallergic.

Lee has shown his work in solo and group exhibits in New York City, Washington DC, Toronto, Paris, Perpignan, Orlando and Los Angeles. He has spoken publicly at New York University, Nathan Cummings Foundation, University of Chicago, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Annenberg Space for Photography, International Center of Photography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, and Rebuild Foundation.

Selected honors and awards include: Magnum Foundation Fellow (2015), Photo District News Photo Annual Winner (2015), LOOK3 Educator (2015), Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards Shortlist (2014), Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2014).

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Mark Zibert

Mark Zibert has been a professional photographer since the age of 23, where he made a name for himself when he won his first Nike campaign. His Adidas Olympic campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics won China its first Cannes Gold and was named Photography Campaign of the Year at the Lucie Awards NY. As a storyteller, Mark made a natural move to directing at the peak of his photo career, and continues to work in both fields. His talent was recognized early as he won the New Directors Award at the Canadian Bessies in 2008, as well as a Bronze at the Cannes Film Festival for a PSA on workplace safety. Always original and technically excellent, Mark has shot many of the world’s top athletes, including Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Usain Bolt. Mark continues to work with editorial and advertising clients, including Nike, Adidas, Nissan, ESPN and The International Paralympic Committee, and is represented internationally. Mark is an alumni of Sheridan College.

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Liz Sullivan

Maclean's director of photography, Liz Sullivan has worked for the magazine for nine years. As an artist and photographer, Liz has also published and exhibited work in Prefix, Toronto Life and L'actualite, among others. She's on Instagram at @lizthesullivan.