Black & White Spider Awards™| The Jury

The International Award Honoring Black & White Photography



For nineteen years Black & White Spider Awards has been committed to bringing you world-class Juries selected from the most influential names in the industry. Annually a new jury pool is created to ensure the program's reputation for recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and current trends across the industry. Jury members are selected by exclusive invitation to join the international panel and sent ballots to log on, review the entries and nominate their selections. Only by having the greatest talent from both sides of the lens do we produce the intoxicating and diverse photography collections the awards is renowned for showcasing.


19TH ANNUAL JURY - To Be Announced


FLATLAND - Amsterdam

Fiona van Schendel, Director

Fiona van Schendel (Guildford, 1968) is a Dutch gallerist, author and curator. She grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after which she attended secondary school in The Hague. She received her master's degree in Social and Economic History from the University of Amsterdam. She pursued her study at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam by working on her PhD in history on labour relations during late-colonial period in Indonesia. Her book Djolotigo, a case-study of a plantation economy was published by the Netherlands Economic History Archive (NEHA). Prior to joining FLATLAND - one of the main galleries in The Netherlands - she wrote articles on the topic of art and photography as a journalist for newspapers and magazines. As director of FLATLAND social issues remain her core interest, such as the exhibition 'State of Being' by Anoek Steketee in conjunction with the Rijksmuseum or 'The voice of cameramen and women', that included Martin Usborne's disconcerting documentary 'Where Hunting Dogs Rests' on abandoned and killed dogs in rural Spain. Interested in understanding the functions, causes, development, and evolution of animal behaviour she has committed herself - besides her work to FLATLAND - to studies on behavioural ecology and animal behaviour at the University of Wageningen and Oxford University.

A. GALERIE - Paris

Arnaud Adida, Director

Arnaud Adida, founder of the Acte 2 gallery, has created a new space dedicated to photography and contemporary art named "A.galerie". Located in the 16th arrondissement, close to Pont de l'Alma, between the Palais de Tokyo and the Fondation Yves Saint-Laurent, A.galerie will mainly display photographs and occasionally contemporary art.


Shana Lopes, Assistant Curator of Photography

Shana Lopes, PhD, is an Assistant Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since her arrival at the museum in 2019, she has organized exhibitions on cyanotypes, the 1906 earthquake, Atget, and Wright Morris. She is the co-curator of Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue, A Living for Us All: Artists and the WPA, and Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection. Over the past fourteen years, she has gained curatorial experience at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Justine Gruser - Specialist Photographs

Justine Gruser is a Specialist in the Photographs department at Phillips auction house in London, the destination for international collectors to buy and sell the world's most important twentieth-century and contemporary works of art.


Felipe Ferreira, Group Creative Director

New York-based Creative Director with 18 years of experience who combines methods from traditional advertising, digital, design and PR to create innovative campaigns and visually-striking stories for brands listed on Fortune 500. Awards: Cannes Lions, D&AD, OneShow, New York Festival, London International Awards, among others.

IBASHO - Antwerp

Annemarie Zethof, Director/Co-Founder

IBASHO means 'a place where you can be yourself' in Japanese. IBASHO is a gallery in Antwerp that opened her doors in March 2015, showing fine art Japanese photography ranging from works by well-known Japanese photographers to younger contemporary Japanese artists as well as works from Western photographers who were inspired by Japan. IBASHO hopes to show the versatility and beauty of Japanese photography in its many guises, from the raw and unpolished to the minimalist and still. As photo books are an important medium for presenting photography in Japan, IBASHO also deals in new and antiquarian Japanese photo books. Recently IBASHO has started publishing its own photo books together with Paris-based publisher the(M) editions.


Ellen K Willas, Director/Founder

WILLAS contemporary was founded in 2015 as a gallery located next to the City Hall of Oslo, focusing on contemporary photography. Within the span of 3 years, the gallery was rated as one of the top three galleries and art institutions in Norway. The founder, Ellen-K Willas, now acts as a nomadic gallerist, art advisor and curator with showrooms in Oslo and Stockholm. WILLAS contemporary represents internationally acclaimed artists who are at the forefront of movements for change, grappling with society's most prescient challenges, injustices, hopes, and joys. The WILLAS contemporary programming consists of a playful and unpredictable combination of museum-like pop-up exhibitions, international art fairs and online exclusive exhibitions.

DAVID & GOLIATH - Los Angeles

Andrea Rosenfeld, Senior Art Producer

Andrea Rosenfeld is a Senior Art Producer at David&Goliath and manages photography productions for print, social and digital media. Clients include: Toyota, Universal Studios Hollywood, Lexus, Activision, Honda, Kia, Elizabeth Arden, Wells Fargo Bank, Carls Jr, Microsoft, CA Lottery, Pinkberry, Zico, Jack in the Box, Comcast, Chicken of the Sea, Vizio, NYNY Hotel, Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, Epson, SC Edison, Smashbox Cosmetics, Jollibee, Tourism Australia and Homeboy Industries. Agencies include: Saatchi & Saatchi, RPA, David&Goliath, DDB, Pitch, Omelet, Team One, BBH LA, Grupo Gallegos, Sharpe & Associates, Compassionate Eye Foundation, PictureArts, Getty Images, Los Angeles Magazine, and Corbis. Specialties: Sourcing relevant visual artists (photography, illustration, CGI, muralists and experiential artists), photography production, curating, photo editing, photo research, negotiating, creating budgets and schedules, managing post production, portfolio consultation, securing rights and clearance, licensing, intellectual property and copyright issues, creative briefs, new business support, vendor and artist relations.


Michele Bella, Director

Since 1964 Galleria Valeria Bella has been dealing with old master, modern and contemporary prints, operating both on the national and international market. In 2008 the gallery added an important department of vintage and contemporary photography. The main criterion adopted by Galleria Valeria Bella to select the works we offer to our demanding clientele is quality, which defines both the works of the most important artists and those of lesser-known authors. Every print and every photograph is carefully studied and sold accompanied by a certificate that guarantees its authenticity. Important illustrated catalogues are published annually. Located in the center of Milan, the gallery is an important reference point for collectors and scholars. Valeria Bella is a member of the prestigious IFPDA (International Fine Print Dealer Association) based in New York, a supporting member of Camera Centro Italiano per la Fotografia based in Turin, and a member of CINOA (Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art) based in Brussels and Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art) based in Brussels.


Michael de Wit, Creative Director

Creative Director with over 15+ years of experience in art/creative direction for large corporations to smaller grassroots brands. The ability to adapt to multiple styles and trends, providing the highest quality creative assets and concepts for all global marketing media channels. Grateful to have worked with some of the most amazing brands in the world: Vans, Converse, adidas, Samsung, Asics, Google, The North Face, Oakley, Suzuki, Pelican, Fox Racing, Casper, Kraken Rum, Pella, Caddis, Las Vegas, Formula One, Super Bowl, MLS, Invesco to name a few.


Diana Burroughs, Art Consultant

Ms. Burroughs graduated with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin. After spending two years in Egypt, where she taught in a private elementary school and successfully competed in the equestrian world (she won best dressage rider in Egypt), she returned to New York. There she worked at the American-Arab Association for Commerce and Industry. Ms. Burroughs returned to school and got her MA and PhD in Near Eastern Studies (China's relations with the Arab world) at Princeton. She worked for a number of years in the art world, where she was president of Jason McCoy Inc., a contemporary art gallery. In the mid-90s she left the art world and became involved in education, first as co-founder and executive director of PENCIL, then as Manhattan Deputy to the Chancellor of the Board of Education, and finally as the co-founder and executive director of TeachersCount. She returned to the art world in 2010 and was one of two senior directors at Marlborough Gallery in New York. Ms. Burroughs is currently Art Consultant at Jason McCoy Gallery, New York.


Neil Ritchie, Senior Art Director

Neil Ritchie has worked for leading agencies including: BBH, where for four years he worked on British Airways, Audi, Barnardo's and Virgin Media amongst many other accounts; winning the Bailey's and Matalan pitches and playing keepy-uppies with Peter Crouch. M&C Saatchi where he worked on Transport for London, Virgin Holidays, NatWest and Silverline accounts to name a few, and was cordially invited to high tea with an O.B.E. Ogilvy where he won a global BP pitch and made a brand campaign for Trebor amongst others, all while gaining CD experience across a wide range of clients and re-attaching the backbone to Britain for Ford. And Saatchi and Saatchi where he can currently be found working on EE, BT, Fiat, Robinsons, British Heart Foundation and a number of other clients, and has once been found chatting to Vinnie Jones in a cupboard at 2am.

DDB CANADA - Edmonton

Dax Fullbrook, Senior Art Director

DDB Canada is a creatively acclaimed full-service agency with offices across Canada and connected to the DDB network worldwide. The most celebrated creative agency in Canada, the one thing that separates DDB Canada from its agency competitors, is an ability to deliver big, game-changing creative ideas year after year after year. Over the last decade DDB have been recognized more times for business-building work than any other creative ad agency in Canada. Dax Fullbrook is Senior Art Director at DDB Canada.


Mike Williams, Executive Creative Director

Mike Williams' North Star is driving progress through creativity. He has been able to realize this vision through his leadership in multiple industries via numerous creative platforms. Prior to his current role as Executive Creative Director at FCB, Mike headed Branded Content for Mashable, an online publisher, served as a creative lead for BET, a global entertainment television network, and led all creative for Commonground marketing, a full service, multicultural advertising agency. Mike has won awards in every industry he's been in from Cannes to the Effies to ProMax. His honors include Cannes Gold Lions, the Addy's, Best In Show and AdAge's, small agency of the year. He has authored articles for online platforms and contributed to books published in academia. He's led work and grown business on a variety of international brands including Verizon, Coke, Walmart, and MillerCoors.


Toru Fujii, Senior Creative Director

Toru Fujii, senior creative director at ADK Tokyo, has more than 25 years of experience in the advertising industry. His guiding principle is simple: "Ideas are more effective when they are relevant to society. Great campaigns propose fine ways of living in the context of the times." Gaining countless awards inside and out of Japan, Toru has been also serving on juries for major global creative competitions such as Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, New York Festivals, ADFEST, AD STARS, Middle East and North Africa Cristal Festival.


Wes Phelan, Executive Creative Director

Wes Phelan is a South African ECD currently working in San Francisco at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Before this, Wes worked at Johannes Leonardo across a number of the agency's accounts, most notably on Adidas Originals and TripAdvisor. His work on these brands resulted in significant business growth and impact as well as a successful international awards tally with multiple Cannes Lions, including the first Grand Prix awarded in the new Music Entertainment category in 2017 for the Adidas 'Original is never finished' campaign. In Adweek's "2017 top 100", Wes was recognized as one of the top 22 creative directors "who is completely reimagining what's possible". Wes has been featured in the Cannes Game Changers book and exhibition, celebrating 60 years of advertising that has transformed the landscape of the creative industries. Phelan has an intense passion for film and has directed several commercials, short films, and music videos. Prior to joining Johannes Leonardo, his provocative ideas and talent saw him quickly rise to be one of South Africa's youngest creative directors at WPP company, MetropolitanRepublic in Johannesburg.


Dr. Stefan Kallinka - Director

The ARTFACTORY CLUB is a contemporary art gallery in Austria and was established in 2014. It is dedicated to the promotion of Avant-Garde Art of contemporary European artists, providing original fine art to established and emerging collectors. The ARTFACTORY CLUB is specialized in the world-famous artists Gerhard Richter, Franz Gertsch and Helmut Ditsch. Their works stand out for the high quality and impressive power they perform on the viewer. An important characteristic of the ARTFACTORY CLUB is the realisation of exhibitions at public spaces with free entry to provide art to all interested people, regardless of their social background. Therefore the art gallery organized the Gira Nacional in cooperation with Helmut Ditsch in 2014, an exhibition tour which the Argentinian artist originally started in 2010 in his home country. During the tour his paintings were shown in several cities in the interior of Argentina with hundreds of thousands of visitors. After a successful first year the ARTFACTORY CLUB decided to open a second branch in Vaduz, Liechtenstein in 2015. In 2016 the ARTFACTORY CLUB started exhibiting at international art fairs.


Paul Meates, Executive Creative Director

Paul Meates leads the Sydney office's creative talent and output, and member of the CHEP Network National Creative Leadership team. Previous 10 years working at Droga5 NY - named both Adage and Adweek Agency of the Decade in 2020. During that time he helmed multi-award winning campaigns for Meta, Ancestry, Prudential, Chase, Biofreeze, Facebook, CNBC, Allstate and Coca-Cola, including a Grand Prix, Best in Show and an Emmy Nomination. In addition, Paul's work was exhibited in "The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100" at the High Museum in Atlanta, his three films for Meta were accepted into the MoMA archives in New York, and in 2022, he was listed among Campaign US's 40 over 40. Paul was also a co-founder of The Great Brain Cell Sacrifice, a company that donated a book for every bottle of wine sold. The company launched three critically-acclaimed wines and donated enough books to fill 7 libraries in America's most under-funded schools.


Marcel Wijnen, Creative Director

Marcel has over 20 years experience advising companies to challenge their sectors, reinventing their brands and creating new iconic identities and new engaging experiences. His career spans across Asia, Europe and Australia where he has helped a broad spectrum of companies from airlines, banks, telcos, retailers, FMCG, industrial, governments and fashion brands. Marcel is currently located in Sydney where he is Creative Director of Hulsbosch. Previously, Marcel was Creative Director of Marque Branding Consultants and Anthem Worldwide, Executive Creative Director, South-East Asia at Interbrand in Singapore - one the world's largest and leading brand consultancies.


Silvan Faessler, Director

Silvan has been working in leading positions in the international art market since 1994, amongst others in the position of director of a renowned European art gallery for Classic Modern and Russian avant-garde, as well as specialist of Post War and Contemporary Art at Christie's International. He founded the Silvan Faessler Fine Art in Zug/Switzerland, in spring 2006. Silvan is a member of the board of the Swiss Art Trading Association since 2012 and holds a mandate as consultant to a Swiss auction house. He is also active in cultural foundations as conservator and exhibition curator, member of art foundation boards and art prize juror. Silvan published articles specialized in art of the 20th Century, and he is a co-author of the biographic encyclopedia of Swiss Art edited by the Swiss Institute for fine arts, Zurich.


Claudia Cargnel, Founder

Founded by Claudia CARGNEL and Frederic BUGADA in 2002, BUGADA & CARGNEL (formerly known as COSMIC GALERIE) occupies 500 sq. meters in a freehold industrial building, a former garage form the early 30s and represents French and international emerging or established artists.


Dr. Christiane Stahl, Director

The Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung is committed to promoting the study of the work of Alfred Ehrhardt, a photographer, documentary filmmaker and outstanding representative of the New Objectivity movement. In addition to operating as an archive, the foundation is also committed to presenting contemporary photography and media art. Exhibitions have a special dialogical approach, which provides an encounter between contemporary positions addressing themes intrinsic to Ehrhardt's work-nature and the construct of the natural - and original photographs and films by Alfred Ehrhardt. In January 2010 the foundation moved from Cologne to Berlin, a step made to enhance the foundation's public presence. The foundation also oversees the ALFRED EHRHARDT HOUSE, which opened in Triptis, Thuringia in the spring of 2008. Built around 1800, the birth house of the artist was very dilapidated after a long period of vacancy. The house was extensively renovated, and an exhibition space designed by an architect from the Dessau Bauhaus was installed to provide an overview of Alfred Ehrhards artistic oeuvre.


Conrad Hechter, Correspondent

Conrad Hechter studied film-making and photography in Sydney where he ran a school for foreign students and revelled in the exceptional light quality of Terra Australis. Moving to USA Conrad worked as Gallery Director at Michael Shapiro Gallery, San Francisco and David Aden Gallery in Santa Monica. He was the Business Director of FotoFactory Press and helped curate numerous catalogues and shows. He was correspondent for Studio Magazines (Black + White and Blue) and is currently based at Goldsmiths, University of London.


David Clarke, Curator, Fine Art Photography Specialist

David Clarke has been a fine art photography professional for over 30 years. Head of Photography for the Tate Gallery from 1994 to 2014, he oversaw management of 11 staff at 5 Tate sites and the implementation of his main objective, to digitize and publish all works of art in the Tate Collection. The Collection consists of over 90,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper. David was also ultimately responsible for all photography carried out at Tate, including scientific, press, promotion and the image management systems which make the images accessible to staff and public alike. Mr Clarke's personal work has been exhibited at galleries and museums from London to Beijing. He is also a founding member for the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography which is an international membership organization founded to support and promote fine art photography.


Diane Ruggie, Creative Director, Writer, Editor

Award-winning Chicago-based creative director, writer and editor with 30 years of experience creating standout brand personalities for top marketers across the globe, primarily in the food, fashion, home furnishing and philanthropic categories. She has won more than 40 of the advertising industry's most prestigious international awards and is profiled in the book Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising and Marketing. Brand Expertise for: Soft Surroundings, Payless ShoeSource, LensCrafters, JCPenney, Playtex/Hanes, Frontgate, Aveeno, Janssen Cosmetics, Sephora, Sears, Unilever, Henkel, Bally Shoes, McDonald's, Safeway, Sargento, General Mills, Anheuser-Busch, Tyson, Wrigley, Dell Computers, Nokia, Discover Card, Disney Home Video, Rubbermaid, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association and Chicago Field Museum.


Bernardino Castro, Director

Bernardino Castro is Director of the Portuguese Center of Photography (CPF). A visiting professor at the Universidade Portucalense in the Specialization Course in Documentary Sciences; Senior Archival Technician at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto and on the General Archive of the Porto City Council. Author and collaborator in communications and publications in the areas of archiving and photography, Mr. Castro also guests as a Jury member in various photography programs and competitions. The Portuguese Photography Center aims to ensure the valorisation, conservation and legal protection of photographic heritage by supporting policy-making, archival technical treatment and promoting access to photographic information for the benefit of present and future generations as a source knowledge for cultural, social and economic development.


Chiara Badinella, Art Advisor & Appraiser

Chiara Badinella is an independent consultant for Gurr Johns, one of the largest, oldest, and most trusted independent advisory and appraisal firms in the world. Ms. Badinella holds a MA Distinction in Art History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, with specialization in Contemporary Art, from the University of Genoa, a MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute, London and has completed academic courses in Emerging Art Markets and Marketing the Visual Arts. Before focusing on art advisory, Ms. Badinella co-founded and directed Brand New Gallery in Milan, listed in the best 500 galleries worldwide as per Modern Painters Magazine and as a gallerist, created and developed art management software for galleries, collectors and institutions. An accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America and of the CRSA (Catalogue Raisonne Scholars Association), New York. Appraisals are compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the highest professional standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation. Chiara Badinella is an Appointed Expert and Appraiser for Modern and Contemporary Art for the Chamber of Commerce of Milan. Combining a deep expertise in the global art market and an established network of galleries, dealers, auctioneers, and collectors, Ms. Badinella assists individuals and corporations in collection development, management, and appraising and attends international art fairs, such as Art Basel, FIAC, Frieze, Armory, Art Brussels, Tefaf, and ADAA.


Ariella Wolens, Curator

Founded in 1958, NSU Art Museum is a premier destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing all facets of civilization's visual history. The Museum is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, situated midway between Miami and Palm Beach in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Its distinctive modernist building which opened in 1986 was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Located in Fort Lauderdale's active Arts and Entertainment District. NSU Art Museum's 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store and Cafe.