Meet the Jury
Margarita studied Architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
For several years, she has combined architecture with photography, specializing as an architectural photographer.
Her photographic work understands architecture as a living entity, constantly evolving. She focuses not only on composition but also on processes, details, texture of materials, the relationship between architecture and its surroundings, and the interaction of users with architectural objects.
She has exhibited her photographic work in cultural venues such as the Cultural Center of Spain and the gates of Chapultepec Forest, and her work has been published in specialized architecture magazines and portals like Domus, Arquitectura Viva, Dezeen, Arquine, Architectural Digest, among others.
Jesús R. Guzmán is an outstanding photographer specializing in various disciplines. Graduated from the American College of Photography, he began his career working as an art director in several Mexican agencies, where he led successful advertising
campaigns for brands such as Apple, Smirnoff and the return of Formula 1 to Mexico, among others. With a solid career in the world of editorial photography, he has collaborated with important national designers such as Abel Ibañez, Andres Gasque, Yeshua Herrera, Guillermo Jester and Vero Díaz, as well as with renowned international brands such as Fila, Noname, Rapsodia, Montelongo, among other. His work has been published in prestigious magazines such as Shuba, Volant and The Beuys, where he has also worked as a curator and editor.
He finds inspiration in the work of notable
photographers such as Elliot Erwitt, Josef Koudelka and Joel Meyerowitz, who taught him to look at the small moments of everyday life and turn them into underlying visual essays, whether through color or black and white photography. For him, streetphotography became not just a mantra, but a way to pursue his passion.
I am a nature, landscape, and portrait photography enthusiast, and I have had the privilege of learning from great masters and photographers such as Joan Foncuberta, Pedro Meyer, Adriana Calatayud, José María Mellado, José Antonio López, Joel Grimes, and Joe McNally, among others. Always eager to explore new tools, both in capture and editing, I continue to be in a constant state of learning because in photography, you never stop learning.
Currently, I am working on personal and commercial photography projects while also conducting courses and workshops in parallel.
Awards and recognitions:
2nd place in the "Échale un vistazo a Coahuila" contest by National Geographic Magazine and the Government of Coahuila State, 2018.
2nd place in the video category of the Mosaico Natura contest, 2017 edition.
Finalist in the Street Photography category of the Signo Editores photography contest, 2018.
His passion for photography began at the age of 28 when he purchased his first camera, a Canon T3i. At that time, his interest was focused on landscape and documentary photography. In 2013, he won the Metro Photo Challenge by jury vote. In 2014, he started working for one of Mexico's most important photography production houses, where he had the opportunity to connect with the best photographers from Mexico and abroad. In 2015, he was one of the three winners of the "Paisajes México" contest organized by Kodak through Instagram. By then, his photography interests started shifting towards fashion and portrait photography. Today, he is a renowned photography producer, having worked on projects for top national clients and brands. As a photographer, he has collaborated with various clients, including Coppel, and his work has been featured in numerous national publications. He has also captured portraits of various personalities, including Luis Gerardo Méndez and Damayanti Quintanar.
Since 2014, he started with urban landscape photography, a passion that was formed in him since childhood due to the environment in which he grew up. He always saw his father with a camera in his hand, capturing everyday life and events that his family shared. In 2019, he made a radical change to street photography, finding in it a new way of observing and interpreting everyday life and the magic that he finds in what others consider depressing or unusual. The use of black and white in his work conveys a depth beyond what everyone sees, evoking emotions that are generated through his lens. This has led him to work on projects such as the advertising photos for the single "Tacones Rojos" by the artist Sebastián Yatra, among others.
Marcio Cabral is a Brazilian landscape photographer. His images have been published in calendars, books, and travel magazines, and exhibited in galleries and museums in various cities around the world. He has won several awards in major landscape and nature photography contests, making him the most awarded Brazilian photographer in his field.
Marcio is also a specialist in panoramic photography and has served as a judge twice in the Epson International Panoawards.
He holds three Guinness World Records for producing the largest underwater panoramic image in the world with over 826 megapixels.
Currently, he works with fine art prints, conducts workshops, and offers virtual tours to resorts and tourist attractions.
Benjamin Briones Grandi is a Chilean photographer and visual artist. He was born in 1985, in Santiago, Chile, where he also currently lives. A particularly contemplative outlook of the natural world, a powerful use of graphical elements, and a symbolic interpretation of nature has brought him rapid exposure in the photographic scene. With no reservations, Benjamin pours his interior life in his work, and bridges a connection to our very human existence through his austere images.
Benjamin’s approach to photography has several layers of depth: the visual layer of carefully crafted minimalistic and elegant aesthetics. The conceptual layer, in which he gives a symbolic meaning to the landscape subjects to produce an inverse photography in which the images represent an interior state of the author and the viewer more than an exterior territory. And the third layer: an original technical approach to create his artworks by the use of composite photography.
She studied Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her photographic education began at FARO de Oriente, and she completed the Photographic Production Seminar at the Center of the Image in 2020.
She has participated in various collective exhibitions in Mexico. In 2019, she won second place in the Latin American contest "Photographers LATAM" and is featured in the catalog "LAF8 Latin American Photography" by the American Illustration and Photography Association.
She was the third-place winner in the "Caregivers" category at POY LATAM 2021. She received honorable mentions in the POY LATAM 2023 in the categories of Everyday Life-Essay, Human Rights, and Single News Photo. Her work has been exhibited in Colombia, Paris, Leipzig, and New York and has been published in various print and online media. She currently collaborates with El País newspaper.
Daughter of Gisela and granddaughter of María, she grew up in the northern outskirts of Mexico City. Her interest in and training in photography began as a self-taught, empirical, and kinesthetic journey. Through her senses and her experiences in her surroundings, she found photography as a means of expression, self-discovery, understanding her place of residence, and how she inhabits it.
For Montserrat, photography is a reflection of herself, which is why she believes in the importance of questioning and reflecting on her perspective. She sees errors as a way of learning and remains open to change and transformation. She is grateful for every human being who sees themselves and identifies in her lens, for the time spent in conversation, listening, and intimacy.
Montserrat continues to strive for photography to plant seeds, evoke emotions, and even embrace. She has been a member of Women Photograph since 2022 and is the founder of "Echando Raíces," a project dedicated to supporting various creative processes related to documentary photography through workshops.
Hello! I'm Héctor, a young man from Barcelona who loves taking photos. In August 2019, I bought a DSLR camera to capture some great shots on a safari in Tanzania. A few months later, in December of that same year, I traveled to Southeast Asia, where I discovered my passion for documentary photography. As a result of this trip to Myanmar, I had an interview for the National Geographic Spain website as part of the Singular Approaches project. This publication was pure fuel to keep learning every day. Since then, I have traveled to countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan, where I have continued to pursue my passion for documentary and travel photography. Currently, I juggle my job and my photographic project about Barcelona, BCNMágica, with my travels, aiming to professionalize travel photography.
Hello, my name is Guido Gutiérrez Ruiz. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and currently based in Madrid, Spain. I studied my GIS Degree (Geographic Information System) in Toronto and have a master's from Madrid. My real interest and introduction to photography was back in 2012 thanks to Instagram when I opened my account @guigurui. My interest in travel, architecture, and beauty found in our day to day has helped me share my photography with the world as I have a passion to capture and share. Much of my photography is spontaneous and focused different perspectives as well as on everyday elements such as puddles, birds, people and anything that will help my image tell it's own story. My evolution with instagram and photography has led me to work with many international brand names within the travel and tourism, luxury and retail sectors. Sharing and creating photos that tell their own story is my passion which I continue to learn and enjoy from doing.