Mariusz Buczma
Pablo Reyes
Oleg Panov

Winners of 2019

Jazz World Photo 2019

Mariusz Buczma/ PL

I am really pleased that photography I submitted to the competition has been appreciated. This is a great pleasure for me. I love all kinds of music especially jazz and blues. Music accompanies me almost all of the time. I don’t have many occasions to photograph music events but when I do, I photograph them with pleasure.

Pablo Reyes/CL

Chilean photographer, a professional member of the Jazz Journalists Association, finalist of the Jazz World Photo 2018 and 2019, and collaborator with All About Jazz. Dedicated to jazz photography since 2011, and specialist in color management.

Oleg Panov/ UA

Born in 1962 in the family of an officer of the Border Troops. Already in my youth I began to study film photography. While studying at the Higher Military School in Moscow, he also photographed a lot. From childhood, I listened to music on my parents’ vinyl record player, then always Music was in my heart…

About us

Jazz World Photo Competition
„Jazz is a life-long passion.“ And I like to listen to it through the lens of my camera …“ says the founder of Jazz World Photo Patrick Marek.

The world competition for jazz photographers JAZZ WORLD PHOTO had its beginnings in 2013, being organized by photographer Patrick Marek and his friends – promoter Tomáš Katschner and photographer Ivan Prokop. In its first year, the competition was attended by many photographers from all over the world – 134 participants from 29 countries. International jury picked 3 winners, who accepted their prizes in person – 1st prize was awarded to Didier Jallais (France), 2nd prize to Rainer Rygalyk (Austria) and 3rd prize went to Miroslav Novotný (Czech Republic). Thirty selected photographs became the body of well received traveling exhibition. During the following year, this exhibition was shown to great applause at many festivals and in art galleries throughout Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belgium. In the second year, JAZZ WORLD PHOTO participation increased by 40% – to 187 photographers from 27 countries. The increase was unexpected – in the second year, the rules had changed, and the photographers were allowed to send in only pictures taken in that year. And the final result was surprising even for the independent Jury that evaluated the photographs anonymously. All three principal prizes went to authors from one country – Italy. The Jury awarded the 1st place to Andrea Rotili, 2nd place to Andrea Palmucci, and 3rd place to Fabio Orlando. The collection of 30 best photographs again forms traveling exhibition that is in high demand. Every year, the exhibition is accompanied by full printed catalogue. Jazz World Photo is a not-for-profit project aiming to promote jazz and jazz photography in the context of related genres like blues, funk, world music etc. Every year, the winners and jurors meet during the main concert at the international festival Jazzinec in Trutnov, Czech Republic. Both years of the competition were included in the events of the International Jazz Day sponsored by UNESCO. Last year’s prizes were created by well known Czech art designer Jan Činčera, who is already working on the prizes for the next year.

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The Jury

Interantional Jury of The World Jazz Photo 2019
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Dan Bárta

Czech Republic
Well known singer, lyrics writer and musician, a personality that perceives and creates music through all the senses. In his songs, feeling, emotion and reason are in balance. He is a person with authority by nature.
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Antonio Porcar Cano

Photographer passionate about jazz music, founder of the Facebook group Jazz Photographers. Winner of the prize Jazz Photo of the Year 2014 awarded by the Jazz Journalist Association and winner of 2014 Jazz in Motion Juried Photography Exhibition (CA).
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Tomáš Katschner

Czech Republic
Musician and producer, founder and program director of the Jazzinec Festival in Trutnov. He is a music programming director of Czech Radio. Founder and organizer of the Jazz World Photo competition.
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Jiří Kučera

Photographer and cameraman. Before leaving Czechoslovakia, he worked ad photographer for Barrandov Film Studios and participated in creation of more than 35 films with well known Czech directors, among them Jiří Menzel, Juraj Herz and Vladimír Sís.
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Patrick Marek

Czech Republic
Photographer who lives for jazz music. Creator and organizer of the worldwide joint photographic exhibition, the initiator, founder and organizer of the Jazz World Photo competition that developed out of the exhibition.
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Didier Jallais

Up until now, my profession of dental surgeon (Well, no one is perfect!) has not left me much time to pursue my numerous passions, which include sports, music, piloting an helicopter and traveling around the world.
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Ivan Prokop

Czech Republic
Freelance photographer and graphic artist. He focuses on music and theatre photography and is an author of many covers for audiovisual media. He cooperates with well known Czech and international music festivals. Chair of the JWP jury.
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Jiří Turek

Czech Republic
Freelance photographer, who started his professional career in 1990 in the MF Dnes daily. He started freelancing in 1998 and became one of the most acclaimed portrait and commercial and advertising photographer well known locally and internationally. He also devotes his time to teaching.


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