The jury

Touko Hujanen is a photo journalist specialized in reportage. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Tampere in 2012. He is the press photographer of the year 2011 and the young press photographer of the year 2009. His long-term photo reportages have addressed for example Columbian civil war, Santa Claus, and the Nevada desert. Hujanen works for The New York Times and Raymond, among others, is the founder of photographers’ 11 collective and designs publications.

Hujanen’s creation, “Uuden Maan Sanomat”, an art piece in the form of a newspaper consists of photos from his random journey around Finland.

Karoliina Paatos is a fine-art photographer working in Finland and in the United States. She has been photographing the cowboy culture in the western parts of the United States since 2010. In the summer of 2016 she published a photography book called “American Cowboy”. The book won the title of the most beautiful book of 2016 in Slovenia, and has received several honorable mentions in various competitions.Paatos won the best photo essay award in the Finnish press photos 2016 competition. For over ten years she has been taking photos for the biggest newspapers and magazines in Finland, and has studied in both Aalto University and the University of Arizona. Her works have been on display in several exhibitions and publications.

During Valto Pernu Photo Marathon, Paatos will also run a workshop focusing on creating a documentary photo series. The workshop will also touch on portrait photography, and the participants will get some feedback on their competition photo series.

Antti J. Leinonen is a freelance photographer from Ii. He has worked for most of the Finnish newspapers, magazines and television channels during the past 15 years. Right now  he is working on a documentary photo project on the waning fishing culture of the Bothnian Bay. Leinonen is Bachelor of Culture and Arts, and the artistic director of the Valto Pernu Photo Marathon.