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Andrei Pungovschi
Andrei Pungovschi (1980)
Romania

Andrei Pungovschi graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Bucharest before studying photojournalism at the University of Missouri on a Fulbright Scholarship. For most of the past five years he has worked for the Romanian news agency Mediafax, but has recently moved to freelance work in order to pursue longer projects.

www.andreipungovschi.com
Armend Nimani
Armend Nimani (1986)
Kosovo

Armand Nimani was born in Mitrovica, Kosovo and completed high school in the capital, Pristina. At the age of 18 he began working for newspapers in Pristina and freelancing for magazines. His Aftermath of War project won him an ExChanges grant from the German Government. Since 2008, Armand has worked for Agence France Presse (AFP). In 2010 he won third place in the general news category of the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest. His work has been published in The Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Time, Le Monde, The Guardian, and The Times among others.

Bevis Fusha
Bevis Fusha (1976)
Albania

Bevis Fusha was born into a family of photographers. He has a degree in philosophy and sociology from the University of Tirana, Albania. He lives  and works as a photographer in Albania. He is represented by AnzenbergerAgency in Vienna and is a member of the Metrocollective photography collective in Washington, DC, USA. Bevis is the founder of Fusha Photographics, an educational foundation and photographic studio.

www.bevisfusha.com
Dženat Dreković
Dženat Dreković (1979)
Serbia

Macedonian-born Dženat Dreković graduated in photography from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2007 he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines throughout Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He has also worked as a stills  photographer for film productions. He is co-founder of the Centre for Photography in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Dženat has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and abroad, most recently in Graz, Austria, and Split, Croatia.

Eugenia Maximova
Eugenia Maximova (1973)
Bulgaria

Eugenia Maximova was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. She graduated from the University of Vienna in journalism and communication science. She became  interested in photography in 2005 and, within a year, had won the Konica Minolta Award for Bulgaria. Since then she has won numerous awards in  Bulgaria and abroad and has had solo exhibitions in Bulgaria, France and Austria.

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Eugenia Maximova
Eugenia Maximova (1973)
Bulgaria

Eugenia Maximova was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. She graduated from the University of Vienna in journalism and communication science. She became  interested in photography in 2005 and, within a year, had won the Konica Minolta Award for Bulgaria. Since then she has won numerous awards in  Bulgaria and abroad and has had solo exhibitions in Bulgaria, France and Austria.

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Ferdi Limani
Ferdi Limani (1982)
Kosovo

Ferdi Limani became interested in photography while working as a fixer for foreign photojournalists covering the Kosovo conflict in 1999. After   training as a photographer and journalist in Kosovo and abroad, he began working as a photojournalist on the Pristina daily Express. This work culminated in a government assignment to cover Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence.

Ferdi now lives in France and is represented by AnzenbergerAgency in Vienna, Austria. His work has appeared in publications such as Le Monde, The New York Times and Le Journal du Dimanche. He was awarded an ExChanges grant from the German government for a project on pollution in Kosovo.

www.ferdilimani.com
Jasmin Brutus
Jasmin Brutus (1981)
Bosnia Herzegovina

Jasmin Brutus lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he has worked as a photographer for a number of major newspapers and magazines. He is also interested in pursuing personal stories and other documentary projects. He has received a number of grants, including the German  government-sponsored ExChanges. At present Jasmin is making documentary films and freelancing as a photographer.

www.jasminbrutus.com
Jetmir Idrizi
Jetmir Idrizi (1984)
Kosovo

Jetmir Idrizi was born in Pristina, Kosovo. He is a journalism graduate and has worked for the Pristina daily Express since 2006. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines and by international organizations such as UNESCO for whom he photographed for their 2011 World Education Report.

Jetmir’s work has been exhibited in Pristina, Vienna, Frankfurt and Budapest. In 2011 he was commissioned to photograph development in Ethiopia  for the German GIZ organization’s Spotlight of 2012 project.

Jetmir Idrizi
Jetmir Idrizi (1984)
Kosovo

Jetmir Idrizi was born in Pristina, Kosovo. He is a journalism graduate and has worked for the Pristina daily Express since 2006. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines and by international organizations such as UNESCO for whom he photographed for their 2011 World Education Report.

Jetmir’s work has been exhibited in Pristina, Vienna, Frankfurt and Budapest. In 2011 he was commissioned to photograph development in Ethiopia  for the German GIZ organization’s Spotlight of 2012 project.

Marko Risović
Marko Risović (1981)
Serbia

Marko Risović was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1981. He began contributing to local magazines and daily newspapers while studying economics and  has been a fulltime photographer since 2005.

Marko’s work has been published in regional and international magazines such as National Geographic Serbia, Time Out, Delo, Status and WPP’s   Enter. He has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Serbia and beyond and has had two solo shows.

He has a long list of awards from Press Photo  Serbia and other imaging organizations, including the Status Magazine Award for best media photography in Serbia in 2010.

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Marko Risović
Marko Risović (1981)
Serbia

Marko Risović was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1981. He began contributing to local magazines and daily newspapers while studying economics and  has been a fulltime photographer since 2005.

Marko’s work has been published in regional and international magazines such as National Geographic Serbia, Time Out, Delo, Status and WPP’s   Enter. He has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Serbia and beyond and has had two solo shows.

He has a long list of awards from Press Photo  Serbia and other imaging organizations, including the Status Magazine Award for best media photography in Serbia in 2010.

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Nemanja Pančić
Nemanja Pančić (1980)
Serbia

After studying at the Dunav Film School in Belgrade, Serbia, Nemanja Pančić realized that he was more interested in still photography than film. He has won several Serbian Press Photo awards and, in 2011, received the Serbian Journalist Association’s annual Laza Kostić Photography Award.

Nemanja is a member of the Serbian collective Kamerades and the Balkan Photographers collective, a group formed by photographers from the  2010 See New Perspectives masterclass.

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Octav Ganea
Octav Ganea (1985)
Romania

Octav Ganea studied photography and videography at the National University of the Arts in his home town of Bucharest, Romania. While completing his studies he began working for national daily Gandul, where he discovered the rewards of telling a story through still images. He is currently a staff photographer for the Mediafax Group wire photography service and also works with the Associated Press bureau in Romania.

Petrut Calinescu
Petrut Calinescu (1976)
Romania

After graduating in journalism from the University of Bucharest, Romania, Petrut Calinescu spent six years as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines in Romania. In 2006 he began working as a stringer for international agencies including AP, AFP and Reuters. Since 2005 he has been  represented by Panos Pictures and his work has appeared in publications such as The Times, The New York Times, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and  Newsweek Japan.

Petrut has photographed around the world, including an assignment in Kenya for SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and a long trip to India which resulted in a story on the Ganges River for National Geographic.

www.petrut-calinescu.com
Sanja Knežević
Sanja Knežević (1984)
Serbia

Sanja Knežević graduated in photography from the Faculty of Applied Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, the city in which she was born. Publications which have carried her work include National Geographic Serbia, National Geographic Germany, NRC Holland, The Economist and the Financial Times. She has won major photographic awards in Serbia and received an honorable mention for En Foco 2009 in the USA.

Sanja has exhibited in many countries including France, Sweden and The Netherlands. In 2011 her pictorial story Family Matters was recognized by National Geographic as the best local story in the world.

www.sanjaknezevic.com
Tomislav Georgiev
Tomislav Georgiev (1975)
Macedonia

Tomislav Georgiev was born in Skopje, Macedonia and completed a photography course at Missouri University before joining a three-year World Press Photo seminar (2001-2003). He has won awards from a number of local and international organizations including the United Nations and the  Soros Foundation. His work has been shown in many exhibitions throughout the Balkans. At present, Tomislav is UNICEF photographer in Macedonia and teaches photography at the School of Journalism and Public Relations in the capital, Skopje.

Vesselina Nikolaeva
Vesselina Nikolaeva (1976)
Bulgaria

Vesselina Nikolaeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. After finishing high school she enrolled in the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design in The Hague, The   Netherlands, where she majored in photography (and where she now teaches narrative photography). Since graduating in 2001, she has received  grants and awards in The Netherlands and Poland.

Vesselina is a member of the Gkf Photographers Association. Her work has been shown in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Finland and the USA. She has also published three photography books: Baba (2004), School nr. 7 (2006) and Simply a Line (2009).

www.vesselinanikolaeva.com
Vesselina Nikolaeva
Vesselina Nikolaeva (1976)
Bulgaria

Vesselina Nikolaeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. After finishing high school she enrolled in the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design in The Hague, The   Netherlands, where she majored in photography (and where she now teaches narrative photography). Since graduating in 2001, she has received  grants and awards in The Netherlands and Poland.

Vesselina is a member of the Gkf Photographers Association. Her work has been shown in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Finland and the USA. She has also published three photography books: Baba (2004), School nr. 7 (2006) and Simply a Line (2009).

www.vesselinanikolaeva.com
Tomislav Georgiev
Tomislav Georgiev (1975)
Macedonia

Tomislav Georgiev was born in Skopje, Macedonia and completed a photography course at Missouri University before joining a three-year World Press Photo seminar (2001-2003). He has won awards from a number of local and international organizations including the United Nations and the  Soros Foundation. His work has been shown in many exhibitions throughout the Balkans. At present, Tomislav is UNICEF photographer in Macedonia and teaches photography at the School of Journalism and Public Relations in the capital, Skopje.