2023 ZEKE Award Jurors


2023 ZEKE Award

Barbara Ayotte
Barbara Ayotte is Communications Director for Social Documentary Network and Editor of ZEKE Magazine. She is also a communications strategist, writer and editor for leading nonprofit organizations. Barbara is the Senior Director of Strategic Communications at GBH, America’s preeminent public media organization and the largest producer of PBS content for television and the web and a major supplier of content for public radio and digital audio services. Barbara was the Senior Director of Strategic Communications for Management Sciences for Health, an international non-profit development organization working on global health issues in over 30 countries. Prior to that, she was Director of Communications for Physicians for Human Rights, a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. 
Donny Bajohr
Donny Bajohr is the associate photography editor at Smithsonian magazine.  His work has been recognized by NPPA, American Photography and the Society of Publication Designers. He’d like to review documentary, photojournalism and portraiture work.

Greig Cranna
Greig Cranna is a professional photographer and the founder and director of BRIDGE, a photography gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Greig eventually settled in New York City where he began his photography career in 1976. His diverse clientele included The Council on Foreign Relations, The Japan Society, ABC Television, The International Typeface Corporation, and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. For over 40 years he has worked in the Canadian Maritimes photographing seabird research, Atlantic Salmon research, aquaculture, environmental issues and ecotourism. Since relocating to Boston in 1982, his work has expanded into housing, architecture and commercial agriculture. For the past five years he has been traveling extensively, documenting the new generation of architect-designed bridges and their physical and cultural impact on the landscape.
Lisa DuBois
Lisa DuBois is a New York-based ethnographic photojournalist and curator and Photo Editor and Diversity Advisory with the Social Documentary Network. Her work focuses on subcultures within mainstream society. Her widely collected work on Black subculture in New Orleans is a demonstration of her deep love for history and tradition. She has exhibited her work both internationally and domestically, including at the Schomburg Cultural Center for Research in Black Culture, and at the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Kansas. She has been interviewed on BronxNet, Nola TV, and Singleshot about her work. Lisa received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a degree in Metaphysical Science at the University of Metaphysics. As a freelance photographer, she has contributed to several major news publications and stock photo agencies including Getty, Post, and the Daily News. Lisa has been recognized by the Guardian and the New York Times for her work as a photographer and curator for X Gallery.  Her most recent project as creative consultant and curator for ArtontheAve helped to launch the first socially distanced outdoor exhibition along Columbus Avenue in New York City . Lisa is a member of Enfoco and a contributor to Social Documentary Network and Edge of Humanity magazine. Photo of Lisa DuBois by Eduardo Duarte.
Anne Farrar
Anne Farrar, assistant managing editor at National Geographic magazine, oversees visual storytelling for environment and adventure stories. She was previously director of photography for National Geographic Traveler, senior photo editor at The Washington Post and photo editor with The Dallas Morning News among. She has shaped stories, with hundreds of photojournalists, which have been recognized by POYi, NPPA, SND to name a few. Her current work is guided by the National Geographic mission to explore the planet, protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage, and tell powerful stories across all platforms that reveal the world around us.
Avi Gupta
Avi Gupta is a versatile photo editor, artist, and educator. As director of photography for U.S. News and World Report, he has over 20 years of experience working with photographers to cover current events nationally and abroad. As an artist, his photographic works have been exhibited internationally and held in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center. At George Washington University, Gupta lectures on creative approaches to photojournalism and fine art photography.
John Heffernan
John Heffernan has over three decades of experience in non-profit leadership roles on five continents. He is currently the president of the Foundation for Systemic Change. Previously he served as: Executive Director for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ Speak Truth To Power (STTP), the Director of the Genocide Prevention Initiative at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where he established the Genocide Prevention Task Force, Senior Investigator with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) where he led three investigations to Darfur, Sudan and Afghanistan where he discovered a mass grave, and was the Chief of Party for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Guyana, South America. He was the founding Executive Director of the DC-based Coalition for International Justice and served as Country Representative for the former Yugoslavia for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and managed IRC’s refugee resettlement program in Khartoum, Sudan. John also served as the Vice President of the Business Council for the United Nations in New York City. He was a Coro fellow in San Francisco and has a Master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and BA from UCSB. He is the board chair for Disability Rights International and is on the boards of the Dodd Center for Human Rights and the Educator’s Institute for Human Rights.
Michael Itkoff
Michael Itkoff is a publisher, creative consultant and former Chief Content Officer at Britelite Immersive. Michael Cofounded the internationally-celebrated art book publishing house, Daylight as well as content experience platform, Fabl. For nearly twenty years, Michael has been a leader in publishing both digital and print media. Along the way, Michael has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Michael’s photographic and video work is in public and private collections in the United States and his work has appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next City and Philadelphia Weekly. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009.
Danny Peralta

Danny R. Peralta was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from NYU in 2000 and began work as a youth/community developer. In 2002, he began studying photography at ICP at THE POINT CDC, serving as the Executive Managing Director from 2015-21. A former En Foco Photography Fellowship Recipient (2017), Danny currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization that supports artists traditionally left out of the professional world of photography. Danny earned an MFA from Bard-ICP in 2020 and uses his art practice to bring awareness to justices as well as celebrate his culture. 


Eli Reed Eli Reed joined Magnum Photos as a full member in 1988. He was elected to Magnum International Foundation in 2018 and is now on the Magnum Board of Directors. In 2005 he became a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and in 1982/83 he was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow majoring in History of War, Central America, Japan, economics, politics, fiction writing workshop, and script writing. Reed has judged the contests of National Press Photographers Association, POY, & CPOY, Department of Defense Military Photographer of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and Getty Documentary Photography Grant competitions. He is an Inaugural member of Pictures of the Year International board of advisors sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism and a member of Afro American photographic legendary cooperative, Kamoinge. Currently Reed is involved in writing, and photography book projects.