Fiona Shields

Fiona Shields - Judge 2016

Picture Editor, The Guardian and Head of Photography, Guardian News & Media

Fiona Shields has over twenty years’ picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles and has been picture editor of the Guardian for the last nine, having recently taken up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group.

Throughout her career she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11 and the subsequent terror attacks in London and across Europe, conflicts around the world from Bosnia to Iraq and Afghanistan, the revolution of the Arab spring and the continuing violence in the middle east, large scale natural disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti, tsunamis in southern Asia, famine in Sub-Saharan Africa and the humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers across the globe. Also a good few UK general elections and political change and upheaval worldwide.

Fiona has delivered talks at photo festivals and to students of photojournalism and have judged the Sony World Photography Awards, the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards and this year a nominator for the Prix Pictet and she is joining the jury of The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.