James Wellford is currently a Senior Photo Editor for Global Issues at National Geographic in Washington, DC. In the course of his career he has been the Editorial Director at Visura and a contributing photo editor at Foreign Policy, CNN, and Smithsonian Journeys; for 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek.
A seasoned visual storyteller, journalist, and producer—James is an international educator, speaker, and mentor for young emerging photographers and visual journalists. He has served as a jury member for the Magnum Emergency Fund, the Tim Hetherington Trust Award, the PhotoPhilanthropy Awards, Visa Pour L’image, the Aperture Paris PhotoBook Award, and the Overseas Press Club and was a member of the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. He is on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum and the Social Documentary Network and is the co-founder of ScreenProjects, an organization working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world.