Photo Fringe 2022 Judging Panels

OPEN Digital

Monica Alcazar-Duarte

Monica is a Mexican-British multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work acknowledges her indigenous heritage while exploring current ideals of progress. Migration, with the uneasiness that derives from it, and a need for equality, all play an important role in her work. Her projects are, at some level, acts of survival. A personal attempt to intervene with current practices of representation that grows into a need to engage with the public.

Monica is currently on the board of trustees for The Royal Photographic Society and Brighton Photo Fringe.

Sam Mercer is Producer of the Digital Programme at The Photographers’ Gallery, London focusing on commissioning and curating the Media Wall. Sam’s current focus is Data / Set / Match, a year-long programme including six commissions that seek new ways to present, visualise and interrogate scientific image datasets. Sam graduated from MRes Art: Moving Image at Central St. Martins and also works as an artist and collaboratively in the artist groups Aas and Common Study, based at Somerset House.

James Wreford

Black Shuck is a co-operative that produces moving image, audio and digital projects. It is owned equally by all of its members who support each other to produce work, learn new skills, earn a fair wage, and provide affordable services.

Natalie Mitchell

Natalie Mitchell is an artist and curator whose work engages in the politics of visibility and representation, using the photographic medium to create conversations with between themselves, participants and the viewer. Their practice is grounded in workshop facilitation and engaging with people, developing spaces to engage in processes of co-making and story telling.

Alongside their practice, they are currently Assistant Curator (Participation) at Studio Voltaire. They have also worked with Photo Fringe, Gasworks & Triangle Network & 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning.

Polly Wright

Programme Producer, Brighton CCA. Polly has also worked for Film and Video Umbrella and Art on the Underground.

Claire Wearn, Director, Photo Fringe


Steve Macleod is a photographic artist, educator, lecturer and speaker as well as a respected industry professional. He is a Visiting Professor at UOS East Anglia, a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and a lifetime member of Frontline Club, London. He also runs a mentorship programme for emerging artists in collaboration with Kate O’Neill and the Visual Loop.

Steve is a practicing photographer and his landscape works often utilize chiaroscuro elements of light. He explores the natural environment to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions; our health and our imagination. He shoots in large format and is represented by Black Box Projects in the UK and also a regular commissioned artist for the Hospital Rooms charity. He regularly exhibits and his work is held in both private and public collections.

Elizabeth Grieve is a curator and writer. She is Head of Photography and Media Arts at the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University. Prior to this, she was Senior Curator (Digital Programmes) at The Photographers’ Gallery where she developed projects on machine vision, synthetic imaging and speculative photographic education. She is a founding Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University and a founding member of the collective You Must Not Call It Photography If This Expression Hurts You.

Emma Critchley is an artist who uses a combination of photography, film, sound and installation to continually explore the human relationship with the underwater environment as a political, philosophical and environmental space. She is Royal College of Art alumni and has developed works funded by organisations including The National Media Museum, Arts Council England, British Council, Singapore International Foundation, British Academy and the European Regional Development Fund. Her work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally in galleries and institutions including The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, The National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Tate St Ives.

Rebecca Drew, Chair, Photo Fringe

Danny Wilson Memorial Award

Julia Bunnemann, researcher, writer and Curator at Photoworks

Sebah Chaudhry
, Freelance Creative Producer and Curator. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of ReFramed, a photographic-based visual arts network based in the Midlands, supporting the community and artists who are Black, Asian, or from other ethnic minorities. She is also a Director at BCVA, where her focus is to work with the South Asian Community.

Becky Warnock
is an artist and organiser whose work engages with the politics of representation and questions of identity. Interested in authorship, her practice is rooted in participation and community engagement. Alongside her practice, she currently lectures at the London College of Communication.

Image : From the series 'Diagenesis' by Elizabeth Woodger