In the spirit of the Lit List’s mission, our jurors come from across the visual storytelling world and have demonstrated their commitment to equity and inclusion as leaders in our industry. Our jury is comprised of womxn and people of color, and represents organizations and publications like The California Sunday Magazine, Travel + Leisure, the New Yorker, Medium.com and more.
A National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years, Elizabeth Krist is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She helps program National Geographic’s Photography Seminar, advises the Eddie Adams Workshop, coordinates Women Focus portfolio reviews, and is on the board of Women Photograph. She curated the Women of Vision exhibition and book. Krist teaches for ICP, Syracuse University, La Luz, Kalish, and Mountain Workshops. Honors include awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. She has reviewed for the New York Times, PhotoPlus, and the Eddie Adams Workshop, and has judged for The Fence, POYi, Getty Instagram, Best of Photojournalism, and the RFK Journalism Awards.
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Our special jury, consisting of Ida Garland of Callisto Media, alongside current Authority Collective board members, Mary Kang and Mengwen with the help of Lit List 2018 alum, Josue Rivas and Kelly Marshall, reviewed all 219 nominations we received. They were tasked with selecting 50 artists for our shortlist.
Josué Rivas (Mexica/Otomi) is a creative director, visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, journalism, and social justice. His work aims to challenge the mainstream narrative about Indigenous peoples, build awareness about issues affecting Native communities across Turtle Island, and be a visual messenger for those in the shadows of our society. He is a 2017 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, founder of the Standing Strong Project, co-founder of Natives Photograph and winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.
Kelly Marshall is a New York based photographer specializing in interiors, travel and portraiture. Her commercial and fine art work are interwoven as she explores inherent belief systems; how they construct our lives, our physical homes and in essence, our everyday reality. Currently she is directing the feature length documentary Birthing of A Nation, documenting African American birth workers in reflection of the American maternal health care crisis.
Mengwen Cao is a photographer, multimedia artist, and educator based in New York. Their recent work investigates the in-between space of race, gender, and cultural identity. They were a 2018 Magnum Foundation fellow, 2018 Lit List awardee and 2019 PDN 30 awardee. They are one of the board members of Authority Collective and a founding member of Chinese Storytellers.
Ida Garland is the Art Buyer for Callisto Media. Previously, she was an agent/producer at Apostrophe Reps where she worked alongside numerous artists on large scale ad jobs, smaller editorial and social media projects. She has also worked as a Photo Editor at magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Popular Mechanics, and various lifestyle magazines under Hearst Corporation. She and her family are from Puerto Rico and have lived in 11 other US states. She is a lover of photo illustration, design and prides herself on her vast sneaker collection.
Mary Kang is a South Korean American editorial photographer based in New York City. She is one of 11 board members at Authority Collective, an organization which seeks to amplify talented and underrepresented visual storytellers in mainstream media. When approaching photos, Kang is inspired by her friend Shiyam Galyon’s quote, “I want to live in a world that feels moved by photos of non-white people at their best moments in life, rather than at their worst” while not ignoring the real issues that many marginalized communities face. Kang’s previous clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Juxtapoz Magazine, The New Yorker, The Fader, and more.