Winners 2024

Winners of Jazz World Photo 2024

Luciano Rossetti / IT

Born in 1959, he began to photograph in the late 70’s. In 2004, with other photographers, he co-founded Phocus Agency, which specializes in performance photography. In 2019, he has been among the founding members of AFIJ, the Association of Italian Jazz Photographers, where he serves as secretary and board member. Dozens of projects for the main recording labels as well as many assignments for Jazz and Theatre Festivals.He had personal and collective exhibitions both in Italy as abroad since the middle of 90’s . Among the others: Triennale and Palazzo Reale in Milano, Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia, Villa Celimontana in Rome, Gallery of the Marktgemeinde in St.Johann in Tirol, Orensanz Foundation, Jazz Record Center and Clemente Soto Velez in New York. His photography has recently earned international acclaim for its excellence. In 2016 and 2017 Nomination for the Best Photo of the Year (JJA AWARD). In 2021, Nomination for the Best Photo (JAZZ WORLD PHOTO). In 2021 “BEST PHOTO OF THE YEAR” for JJA Award – Jazz Journalists Association. As well as a Nomination for Lifetime Achievement in 2021 and 2023 from the American Jazz Journalists and Critics Association (JJA).

Siphiwe Mhlambi / RSA

Siphiwe Mhlambi’s journey as a photographer is a testament to his unwavering dedication to storytelling through imagery. Born and raised in the vibrant cultural tapestry of South Africa, his early experiences shaped his unique perspective on life, which he skilfully translates into his photographs.

Mhlambi’s fascination with photography began at a young age, inspired by the rich diversity of his surroundings. As he honed his craft, he embarked on a mission to capture the essence of South Africa’s complex history and cultural heritage. From the bustling streets of Johannesburg to the serene landscapes of the Eastern Cape, Mhlambi’s lens became a window into the soul of the nation.

One of Mhlambi’s defining characteristics as a photographer is his ability to form genuine connections with his subjects. Whether photographing ordinary citizens or world leaders, Mhlambi approaches each encounter with empathy and respect, allowing him to capture moments of raw emotion and authenticity.

Jacek Piotrowski / PL

Photographer. Awarded by jury of Jazz World Photo 2018 and MK Jazz Photo contests in 2019, 2020 & 2022. “Jazzpress” magazine staff photographer. I focus on music, people and culture. Several blues, jazz, funk, soul, rock as well as classical musicians and clubs use my photos. Also, I am a contributing author of photographs displayed at the exhibition about volunteering presented at the National Museum in Warsaw.
I like people, culture, and participating in others’ lives. I am always trying to distinguish extraordinary from ordinary while documenting emotions, especially the positive emotions to capture the energy that surrounds them.
Since university I’ve been photographing musical events. Student unions full of jazz and rock music were my first lesson of capturing stage emotions in visual form. Being a part of student art agency “Alma Art” has deepened my engagement with music as an active participant in musical societyperformance, however, using a different, optical instrument. Family life, fatherhood and career in IT has limited my possibility to commit to photography but luckily, I have managed to resume my old passion in the last few years. By combining a career with music photography I have found so needed life balance and personal fulfillment. I am proud to call myself Photographer.