Local Testimony Editorial Board

Dana Wohlfeiler-Lalkin is the initiator and director of Local Testimony and has been responsible for the World Press Photo exhibition in Israel since 2002. As of 2013 she established the Nature Photograph exhibition in collaboration with the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, which is shown alongside the London Museum of Nature’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. In the past, she was is a partner in the Frames of Reality workshop together with the Peres Center for Peace, and currently directs additional projects in the fields of society, photojournalism, documentation and nature.

Prof. Micha Kirshner is the curator of Local Testimony 2016 and 2017. He won the Israel Museum photography prize, and until recently headed the department of photography and media at the NB Haifa School of Design. In the past he was a member of the editorial board of the Monitin monthly and a photographer, and for numerous years had a photography column in the daily paper Maariv (The Israelis). His work has been and is still exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and abroad. He is a lecturer at the NB Haifa School of Design, and at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. He regards photography as a means for personal expression.

Ami Steinitz was the curator of the Local Testimony exhibitions in 2007 and 2008. He is an art curator in fields relating to social and cultural issues, as well as historical and contemporary photojournalism. In the past, he was the director and owner of an independent art gallery in Neveh Zedek.

Vardi Kahana, a photographer and curator of the Local Testimony exhibitions in 2014 and 2015.

The independent jury comprises photographers, curators, journalists and editors, members of the media and critics of photography, arts and visual art.

Great effort has been invested in creating a computerized system that will guarantee the participants’ anonymity during the jury process. The personal details of the participants will be safeguarded by the members of the editorial board who are in charge of receiving the photographs.

The jury will devote the best part of a month to the submitted work in order to carry out an in-depth examination and evaluation of each photograph submitted to the preliminary contest.

Members of the jury

Zachi Becker, representative of the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
Dr. Dor Guez, head of the photography department, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Sagit Zaloof Namir, photographer, artist and lecturer
Mark Yashaev, photographer and artist
Vardi Kahana, photographer and curator of the Local Testimony exhibitions 2014, 2015
Atta Awisat, photojournalist
Yon Feder, editor-in-chief, Yediot Internet
Micha Kirshner, artist, teacher and curator of the 2016 and 2017 Local Testimony exhibitions
Hanna Shaviv, photographer, artist and lecturer


Curators of Local Testimony since it was founded:
Moshe Shai, 2003-2005
The late Yossi Nachmias, 2006, co-curator, 2007
Ami Steinitz, 2007-2008
Dana Gilerman, 2009
Galia Gur-Zeev, 2010-2011
Moran Shoub, 2012-2013
Vardi Kahana, 2014-2015
Micha Kirshner, 2016-2017