Jury

 

Matej Peljhan, EFIAP, MF FZS – Slovenia

Matej Peljhan was born in 1967 and spent his entire childhood in a small village Col above the Vipava Valley, Slovenia.

At the age of 10, while playing with his friends, he experienced a severe accident with some explosive devices, scattered around during the World War II. He suffered numerous injuries, the most severe being the loss of his right arm and an eye. He finished elementary school in his home town and some years later the secondary school in Idrija; during all this period undergoing painful medical treatment and rehabilitation.

He studied psychology at the University of Ljubljana and soon after decided to proceed with his studies in the field of clinical psychology, which helps him a lot in his daily work with children with special needs. He lives in Ljubljana with his wife and three children.

He has been a photographer since 2009. He takes photos in an unusual way – because he can only manage a camera with his left hand, the camera needs to be turned upside down.

He holds the title master of photography, which is the highest title you can obtain in Slovene photography. He has presented his work at 18 independent exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad and has received over a hundred prizes. Two of his works are included in the photographic collection of the Museum and galleries of the city of Ljubljana.

He published his work in monograph titled Fotografije/Photographies (2012) and he is the co-author of the book Za-govor podob – philosophy of photographic gaze (2011). His photos, interviews, and features about him have been published and presented in numerous media in Slovenia and across the world (Delo, Dnevnik, Digitalna kamera, 7 Dni, RTV SLO, POP TV, Reader’s Digest, Digital Photography, Schwartzweiss, Nikon Pro Magazine, 1x Magazine, Huffington Post, BBC, Daily Mail, Globo, Stern, El Diario Sur, Pro Sieben, Nippon TV, Buzzfeed, Mashable, Petapixel, Bored Panda and others).

His biggest success was the 2013 series called The Little Prince, which went viral. The photos have been pronounced as some of the most touching photos ever taken. The following year he was as screenwriter and director for the short film with the same title and received the award Vesna at the main national film festival.

Due to his personal and professional ambitions, he strives to bring photography as close as possible to the people with special needs. He has co-founded The Institute of photographic therapy where he offers workshops, educates others in the field of the photographic therapy and publishes professional articles. In 2015 he was the editor of the book called Phototherapy – from Concepts to Practices, which was published in English as well.

In 2018 he was elected as a president in the artistic council of the Photographic Association of Slovenia.

His personal web page: http://www.matejpeljhan.com/

 

Zoran Kolaric, EFIAP  –  Croatia

 

Zoran Kolarić (1971) was born in Čakovec (Croatia), where he still lives today.

He has been actively engaged in photography since 2010.

He received his photographic education through photography workshops and lectures by internationally recognized photographers, studying the history of art, the history of photography, and film art.

In his photographic work, he focuses on street/documentary photography, portraiture, nude and dance photography.

He held four solo exhibitions in Split, Negova (FIAP Exhibition Centre), Čakovec and Zagreb.

So far, he has participated in over 250 group exhibitions (200 under the auspices of FIAP) and won over 100 awards and commendations.

He is the holder of the EFIAP artistic photography title.

He works significantly to popularize photography and photographic education of other photographers through photography workshops and lectures.

He is a member of Photo Club Zagreb.

www.zorankolaric.com

 

Simon Krejan, EFIAP, MF FZS – Slovenia

 

Simon Krejan was born in 1955 in Jesenice. He is currently living in Kranj. He is a specialist in work organization and personnel management. He spent more than half of his working career as an officer of the Slovenian Army, until he retired with the rank of colonel. Additionally, he studied mediation, eventually obtaining the title of mediator and, later, family mediator. 

Photography was his interest as early as elementary school, where he attended his first courses. His love for photography was partly inherited from his mother, who was a member of Photo Club Jesenice in the 1950’s. Krejan’s relationship with photography evolved and deepened in 2008, when he joined the Janez Puhar Kranj Photo Society. By 2009, he was already a successful author featured in our “POKRAJINE 2009” (“Landscapes 2009”) parade exhibition, followed by our “MINIATURE 2010” (Miniatures 2010) international exhibition one year later. During his time in the Society, he matured and became a first-class photographer. He participated in numerous exhibitions in Slovenia, as well as foreign exhibitions, and achieved notable results in both. In 2021, the Artistic Council of the Photo Association of Slovenia awarded him the title “Master of Photography” (MF FZS). At this time, he had already earned the title “Excellent (?) – Excellence FIAP” (EFIAP), awarded to him for his achievements on international exhibitions by the International Federation of Photographic Art. He has held numerous solo exhibitions. 

In 2019, at the ceremonial opening of the 23rd Biennial Photo Exhibition “Pokrajina” (“Landscape”) in the Prešeren Theatre in Kranj, he received the highest award of the Janez Puhar Photo Society, the Plaque of Honour, for his significant contribution to the Society and its public reputation. In 2022, for his photographic work in Kranj and the wider region, he received the Big Prešeren Plaque.