The organizer of the Festival appoints the jury members of whom one is the President of the jury (International Jury).

Duties of the Festival jury are:

To review all the works that entered the competition and to declare winners according to the propositions and expert estimates – presenting an expert commentary and a written decision signed by all members of the jury. The Festival jury decision shall be unanimous, or if otherwise, shall be brought by the majority. The decision of the jury cannot be appealed upon by the participants of the Festival.

The jury will get to see films previously selected by the festival team who has determined that the films have met the requirements of the festival. The jury will watch them and compile a list of films that are nominated for one of the awards. The films that are selected will be screened during the three-day festival.

Stuart Forster

President of the Jury

Stuart Forster is a freelance travel writer and photographer. He contributes to a number of leading magazines, newspapers and websites in the UK and internationally.

At the Holland Press Awards 2015 he was named Journalist of the Year for his body of work published in 2014 on the Netherlands and Dutch culture.

He has written and photographed for magazines such as National Geographic Traveller, National Geographic Kids, Australian Photography and The Wisden Cricketer plus newspapers including The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Independent on Sunday and Times of India group publications. His photographs have appeared in newspapers such as the Financial TimesThe Washington PostThe Hindu, The Sun and The Mirror.

Stuart is a member of several professional associations, including the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Travelwriters UK and the British Guild of Travel Writers.

In May 2009 one of his images, photographed during a demonstration in Delhi, India, was selected for inclusion in the NUJ’s Photography Matters exhibition of 50 of the strongest news photographs taken by NUJ members during 2007 and 2008. The exhibition was held in London.

An avid traveler, the majority of his work is within the sphere of travel. He contributed to the book Driving Holidays Across India, the 2010 winner of India’s National Tourism Award for best travel publication in English. He subsequently contributed to the National Geographic book Secret Journeys of a Lifetime (volume two). In 2014 he contributed to The Irresponsible Traveller, published by Bradt.

Stuart played national league basketball and represented the University of Wales in the British Universities Sports Federation championships in 1992. He is also active in the field of intercultural studies (cross-cultural communication).

Films are one of Stuart’s passions, along with good food. He is director of Why Eye Photography and runs the travel blog,

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