All entries were reviewed and assessed by a four-member jury, composed of local and international media professionals. The jury had a consultative function while the final decisions were made by the EU Delegation and the EUMM.
Dean of Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs with a 20-year working experience as a senior TV producer at Reuters Caucasus and CIS Countries’ Bureaus. In 2009 Nino was named Reuters Journalist of the Year for covering Russia-Georgia 2008 August War;
Lecturer and media trainer at the International Black See University, with 25 years’ experience in journalism. As a media consultant, she cooperates with media organisations in Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan with the support of international foundations. Eka has conducted hundreds of management and multimedia journalism trainings over the past 10 years and, in particular, promotes independent online media in the regions of Georgia;
An award-winning photographer from Poland. Her works have been published internationally by The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Le Monde, Stern and National Geographic among others. She is a winner of World Press Photo, Canon Female Photojournalist Prize, Caucasus Young Photographer Award by Magnum Foundation, Aftermath Project Grant and Eugene Smith Fund in 2016. Most important part of her work is devoted to personal, long term projects published as books. In 2014 her first Book was released: “Woman with a Monkey- Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs“. In 2019 the author’s second book: “Ukraine Runs Through it “was shortlisted among 20 best books by Paris Photo and Aperture.
Emmy Award-winning media consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in designing and implementing media development projects in the former Soviet Union, mostly on behalf of the BBC. In 2019, Michael led a 12-month needs assessment of independent media in the Eastern Partnership countries, including Georgia. His experience in Georgia also includes a project aimed at developing community radio stations in Javakheti and Kvemo-Kartli in partnership with Studio Re;