Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop begins

3-day long workshop takes place at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul


A three-day workshop on photography as part of Anadolu Agency's third Istanbul Photo Awards event began at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in the port city on Friday.

This is the first time such a workshop has been held under the banner of the awards.

A total of 16 participants are taking part in the Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop, including from Anadolu Agency, young photojournalists employed in national media organization and students from the university’s photography department.

Yuri Kozyrev, an international jury member of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2017, and Stanly Greene, a highly-experienced photojournalist, will share key points from their careers apart from sharing their portfolios with the participants.

After the workshop, Kozyrev and Greene will meet photography enthusiasts on Sunday at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) in the university’s Sedad Hakki Eldem Auditorium and share their valuable experience during the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks event.

Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said the workshop once again highlights the importance of photojournalism in Anadolu Agency.

"Development of photojournalism is one of the missions of Anadolu Agency,” Sel said, adding the workshop gives an opportunity to young photo journalists to learn from the best in the field.

Among the participants are three young photojournalists from the country’s national media and four promising photojournalism students from Mimar Sinan University, he said.

“It is important for us that news photographs find a wider audience and become more accessible to masses, and also is able to convey stories of humanity to viewers through photo interviews. This requires well-trained professionals,” he added.

He said the Istanbul Photo Awards and the workshop being carried out under it will increasingly widen the scope of photography in Turkey.

Sel also said an exhibition displaying the winning photos will open on April 2 in Turkey.

“We believe the Istanbul Photo Awards will contribute to journalism in Turkey,” he added.

Turkish Airlines is sponsoring the awards along with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.

This year's jury members include Cameron Spencer, a Getty Images sports correspondent who has been doing professional photography since 2004; Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto, curator Liza Faktor who is famous for her multimedia work; and Anadolu Agency’s Ahmet Sel and Photo Editor Firat Yurdakul.

The results of the contest will be announced by the end of March 2017.

Last year, Abd Doumany’s image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year by an international jury, while Sergey Ponomarev, who captured images of refugees arriving at a Greek island, won the Single News Category at the Istanbul Photo Awards and went on to also win the Pulitzer Prize.

Istanbul Photo Awards jury selects winners

Experts meet in Cappadocia to select award-winning news and sports photographs; winners will be announced Monday


A jury of international experts has completed its deliberations to select the winners of Anadolu Agency’s third Istanbul Photo Awards 2017.

The jury members had spent three days in Turkey’s iconic Cappadocia region to select top three images in eight categories.

The winners will be announced on Monday.

This international news photo contest has been sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

This year’s jurists include Paris Match Digital Broadcasting Director Marion Mertens, Noor Agency's veteran photographer Yuri Kozyrev and Getty Images award-winning sports photojournalist Cameron Spencer.

Other jurists include Liza Faktor, a famous curator of multimedia works, AFP Photo Deployment and Business Development Director Michel Scotto, Shanghai Photo Center Director and Pulitzer award-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing; and photo correspondent and visual media consultant Georges De Keerle.

Marion Mertens told Anadolu Agency this year’s photos were of high quality and they hoped more images would be sent to the awards next year.

Yuri Kozyrev said: "The Istanbul Photo Awards is a very well-organized competition and there are many photographers who want to apply for this competition to show their photographs.”

He praised Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards. "It is very well-organized. A lot of photographers are interested to apply to show their stories… This gives photographers chance to show what they have done, their stories.

"This is a very respected contest.”

He added he was proud of the selection of stories.

About the photos this year, Marion Mertens praised the high-quality entries. “They are of high quality, covering all kinds of fields. Both arty and journalistic and creative so we are very happy from what we saw,because they are pretty good,” he added.

Mertens also praised the jury's expertise. “There are a lot of people from different countries gathered [in Turkey]. Photographers, editors from Russia, France, Turkey, Australia… So it has been really interesting views on photography.”

De Keerle added: “I think what we chose is very important for community, for journalists to understand what is important.

It is indeed my third time and my first time in Cappadocia. I find this place absolutely amazing, all you have to do is just turn around. The Grand Canyon is actually in Turkey, amazing landscape."

He also said: “It is a great honor, great privilege. It is amazing to be able to contribute to the Istanbul Photo Awards; it is going from strength to strength, so many entries from all over the world, incredible.”

Award-winning sports photojournalist of Getty Images, Cameron Spencer said it was his first time in Turkey and he was proud to part of the jury.

"The best photographers in the world are participating in this award, which shows the expertise of the competition which started a few years ago," Spencer said.

In addition to news and sports categories, the jury picked winners in the newly-added portraiture and nature/environment categories.

For the first time, a photojournalist under the age of 28 will receive a special Young Photo Reporter award.

A total of $133,000 will be awarded across eight different categories and the Young Photo Correspondent section.

The award-winning images will be exhibited at Istanbul’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre on April 2.

After the jury’s deliberations this week, a workshop and talks will also be organized in Istanbul.

The Istanbul Photo Awards workshop will be held from Friday to Sunday with the support of Mimar Sinan University. Noor Agency photojournalists Yuri Kozyrev and Stanley Greene will share their experiences with participants at the event.

Kozyrev and Greene will also meet participants in the Istanbul Photo Awards talks on Saturday at 2 p.m. (GMT1100) at Mimar Sinan University.

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as the Photo of the Year by an international jury, and Sergey Ponomarev, who caught images of refugees arriving the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the Single News category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the competition's Photo of the Year with his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and later his work won the Pulitzer Prize.

Jury begins choosing winners for Istanbul Photo Awards

International panel gathers in Turkey to select winners across eight categories


A jury of world-renowned photographers and photojournalists gathered in Turkey’s iconic Cappadocia region this weekend to begin reviewing entries for Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards 2017.

The penal began to select three winners each across eight different photo categories.

This international news photo contest is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

In addition to news and sports categories, the jury will determine the winners in the newly added portraiture and nature/environment categories.

For the first time, a photojournalist under the age of 28 will receive a special Young Photo Reporter award.

This year’s jurists include: Paris Match Digital Broadcasting Director Marion Mertens; Noor Agency's veteran photographer Yuri Kozyrev; and Getty Images award-winning sports photojournalist Cameron Spencer.

Other jurists include: Liza Faktor, a famous curator of multimedia works; AFP Photo Deployment and Business Development Director Michel Scotto; Shanghai Photo Center Director and Pulitzer award-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing; and photo correspondent and visual media consultant Georges De Keerle.

Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul return as jury members.

A total of $133,000 will be awarded across the eight different categories and the Young Photo Correspondent section after three days of evaluation.

The winning images will be exhibited at Istanbul’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre on April 2. 

After the jury’s deliberations this week, a photo workshop and a talks will take place in Istanbul.

The Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop will be held from Friday to Sunday with the support of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

A total of 16 students, consisting of young photojournalists working in AA and national media will be participating in the workshop

At this event, Noor Agency photojournalists Yuri Kozyrev and Stanley Greene will share their experiences with participants.

Kozyrev and Greene will also meet participants in the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks to be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. (GMT1100) at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Previous winners

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany -- whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year and Sergey Ponomarev who caught images of refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the single news category.

Ponomarev's photograph was later awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the Istanbul Photo Awards’ Photo of the Year with his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It later went on to win a Pulitzer. 

Countdown begins for Istanbul Photo Awards 2017

Jury of Anadolu Agency's 3rd international photo contest to decide winners of contest March 19-21


The jury of Anadolu Agency's third international photo contest will gather in the famous tourist spot of Cappadocia in Turkey’s central Nevsehir province to select winners March 19-21.

The Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 -- with the official sponsorship of Turkish Airlines and support from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, TIKA -- is not only a photo competition but also an event promoting Turkey.

The jury will select winners in news and sports photos as well as the four new categories of nature and environment-single, nature and environment-story, portrait-single and portrait-multiple.

A Young Photographer award will also be given for the first time to a winner under age 28.

After the winners are announced, a total of 16 people -- including young photojournalists from Anadolu Agency and national media and students from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Department of Photography -- will participate in a press photography workshop March 24-25.

On March 26, the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks event will be organized with the participation of Russian photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev from Noor Agency and highly experienced photojournalist Stanly Greene -- who will share their experiences.

The two will also meet with photo lovers at the event, which will be held at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Sedat Hakki Eldem Auditorium.

The first exhibit of the award-winning photos will open April 2 at the university’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center at the University.

Among this year's jury members are Kozyrev, famous French newsmagazine Paris Match's Senior Digital Editor Marion Mertens, and Cameron Spencer, a Getty Images sport correspondent.

After working as Paris Match’s deputy news editor for 15 years, Mertens became its digital editor and directs the newsmagazine’s Internet, tablet and mobile formats. Before joining Paris Match in 1998, Mertens worked at Le Figaro, l'Express, and VSD magazine.

Getty Images’ Spencer has been doing professional sport and portrait photography since 2004.

Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto, curator Liza Faktor, famous for her multimedia work, as well as Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photo Editor Firat Yurdakul are also among the jury members.

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year by an international jury, and Sergey Ponomarev, who caught images of refugees arriving the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the single news category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the competition's "Photo of the Year" with his coverage on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia after his work won the Pulitzer Prize.

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