2019 Judge Gulnara Samoilova

Gulnara Samoilova

2019 Guest Judge


Website   /   @gulnara_nyc   /   @WomenStreetPhotographers

Gulnara is a street and fine art photographer based in New York City and the founder of the Women Street Photographers Instagram feed. She holds a certificate in creative practices from the International Center of Photography in New York City and an undergraduate degree in photography from the Moscow Polytech College.

Gulnara is a former Associated Press photojournalist and received national and international awards for her iconic photographs from 9/11/01, including first prize in the prestigious World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize by the AP. Gulnara’s work is a part of major collections such as the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, the Newseum, and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

With almost 40 years combined experience as a documentary photographer, artist, darkroom printer, photojournalist, and photo editor, Gulnara employs her experience and qualifications to research and curate an impressive body of work by women photographers from around the globe.

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.