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Exposure Award 2020 Judges

We are grateful to this year’s judges, each a leading voice in the photography industry, for their time, expertise and insight. The individuals making up this year's judging panel bring an exciting range of knowledge from wide and varied backgrounds in the medium.

Applications for the Exposure Award 2020 are now closed. View the winner and runner-up here

The Exposure Award was open before we made the difficult decision to cancel PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai 2020 as a result of the current global pandemic. When we announced the cancellation of the 2020 fair we promised to continue championing the development of photo-based art in the Asia-Pacific region. We are pleased to announce that the Exposure Award will still be celebrated in 2020 through a substantial solo exhibition at the Modern Studio in Shanghai from September 11-20, 2020. We thank Modern Eye for their support of the award. There will be a digital exhibition of all shortlisted applications running from September 11 to October 9. 

Applications were judged on the innovative nature of the artist’s technique and concept. Proposals were reviewed by four leading figures in the photography industry. At the vanguard of photography today, the judges are the opinion and decision-makers of what work deserves global notice. This year’s jury is Gwen Lee, Co-founder + Director, Singapore Photography Festival & Director, DECK, Singapore; Lu Ni, Executive Director, Xie Zilong Photography Museum (XPM) & Secretary General, Alliance of Chinese Photography Museums; Cao Dan, President of MODERN ART & Publisher of The Art Newspaper China & LEAP and Sunyoung Kim, curator of The Museum of Photography, Seoul, South Korea. See each judge’s full biography below. 

Cao Dan, President of MODERN ART and Publisher of The Art Newspaper China and LEAP

Dan is a senior art journalist, curator and documentary film director. In the early 1990s, she worked as the Creative Director of Guangdong White Horse Advertising Co., Ltd. From 1998 to 2012, she lived in Paris and engaged with art, design and documentary. From 2012 to 2017, she acted as the publisher of two authoritative art publications: The Art Newspaper China and LEAP. At the beginning of 2018 she founded ARTEMISIA, a program committed to interdisciplinary collaborations between art, design, art crafts and technology with the aim to promote the connection and interaction between the public, corporations and art. From February 2019, she was appointed President of Modern Art (Modern Media Group), Publisher of The Art Newspaper China and LEAP.


Sunyoung Kim, Curator of The Museum of Photography Seoul, South Korea

Born in 1982 in Seoul, Korea, Kim lives and works in Seoul. Since 2010, she has been working for The Museum of Photography, Seoul (MoPS) as Curator in charge of exhibitions and international relations. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, and received her Masters in Art Theory from Korea National University of Arts. She acted as co-curator for the exhibition Brassaï, Koudelka, Giacomelli: Romantic Melancholy and Greetings from South Korea, presented in Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival 2019 and 2018 respectively. Kim joined as a reviewer of FotoFolio reviews in the festival of 2019. 
Kim recently started to organize a show titled The Centennial of Korean Art Photography 1920-2020 (working title) – co-organized by MoPS and ROSPHOTO – which is scheduled to be displayed at The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre (ROSPHOTO) later this year. Kim has been responsible for the series of Korean Emerging Artist shows based upon the MoPS’s Portfolio Open Call since 2015. She co-published the book Performance, Politics of Body: Criticism and Meta Criticism.

Gwen Lee, Co-founder and Director, Singapore Photography Festival and Director, DECK, Singapore

After six years of experience in the museum industry, Lee pursued her first love photography and co-founded Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) – a biennale international photography platform. She was recognized for her contribution to the Singapore arts community in 2010 by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Trade. In 2013 she embarked on curatorial research in Germany supported by Goethe-Institut Singapore and National Arts Council.
In 2014, Lee and the SIPF team built an independent art space called “DECK” to provide a year round platform and residency program for photographers in Singapore. DECK received the Singapore President’s Design Award 2015 and in 2016 received the National Arts Council Major Company Grant.
Lee has curated and organized over 60 photography international exhibitions including Flux: Contemporary Photography from China at Art Science Museum and solo exhibitions of Daido Moriyama and Araki Nobuyoshi. She has also served as a jury member and portfolio reviewer in various platforms including FORMAT, KL PHOTO Award, KG+,  DIPEChina, Houston Fotofestival, Daegul Photo Biennale, Les Rencontres d’Arles and Ballarat International Foto Biennale. 


Lu Ni, Executive Director, Xie Zilong Photography Museum (XPM) and Secretary General, Alliance of Chinese Photography Museums

Ni lives and works in Changsha, Hunan, China. She graduated from Central South University in 1991 with a degree in Applied Computing. She has experience in IT and the real estate industry. For the past seven years, Ni has focused on the promotion of photographic art through public education, and curated numerous international art projects.

Ni became the Executive Director for the Xie Zilong Photography Museum (XPM) in 2017. She actively promotes the exchanges between Chinese institutions with a photography focus and has helped build the most comprehensive permanent collection of historical images in China. She aims to create an inclusive environment; taking an interdisciplinary approach for public education Ni combines art with technology and industry to establish a revolutionary model for the photographic platform that serves the public. 
XPM joined the Chinese Museum Association in 2019. 'Collecting China' and 'Young Art Project' are two of the many academic projects undertaken by the museum, aimed to collect Chinese history through images.