Photographers from 75 countries apply for AA awards

Over 2,000 photographs have been sent in from contestants from 75 countries since Nov. 1, 2014. at the Istanbul Photo Awards.


Contestants from nearly 75 countries have applied to participate in The Anadolu Agency’s international news and sports photography contest, the Istanbul Photo Awards.

Organizers aim to make the contest one of the most important photo award contests in the world.

Over 2,000 photographs have been sent in from contestants from 75 countries since Nov. 1, 2014.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2015 on www.istanbulphotoawards.com.

The jury will gather on March 14 and 15 to choose the winning photographs for the News Single, Sport Single, Photo Series and Sport Series Photo categories, which will later be displayed at the Istanbul Congress Center, where the award ceremony will be held on April 11.

Also, $58,000 worth of prizes will be given to winners in four categories and one special prize.

More details can be learnt about the contest from social media account, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram account 

The jury will include TIME magazine’s Photo Editor Alice Gabriner, Stern’s Photo Editor Haral Menk, Director of Getty Images Georges Dekeerle, AFP’s Photo Distribution Director Michel Scotto, the World Press Photo award winners Guillaume Herbaut and Yuri Kozirev, war reporter Patrick Chauvel, Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor Ahmet Sel and AA’s Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

The competition results will also be announced on Anadolu Images, the international photography platform of The Anadolu Agency.

The contest is continuing with the sponsorship of Turkey’s largest mobile phone operator, Turkcell, and world leader in imaging products, NIKON, and advertised on worldwide known websites and social networks on photography.

Anadolu Agency is already a well-established global news agency offering a newswire service in eight languages with operations around the globe, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Asia-Pacific.

It serves business clients in more than 100 countries and is one of the main sources for discovering, purchasing and managing images and other digital content.

World-famous editors for AA's Istanbul Photo Awards jury

Judges will include respected professionals from TIME magazine, Getty Images and AFP – to name but a few


The Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards has confirmed that award-winning journalists from TIME magazine, Stern, Getty Images and Agence-France Presse – to name but a few – will act as judges in January’s competition finale.

The inaugural competition will feature a jury of respected professionals, including TIME magazine’s international photo editor Alice Gabriner and Hong Kong-born Pulitzer-winning former photojournalist and founder of the Shanghai Center of Photography, Liu Heung Shing.

The jury will also include Stern Magazine’s photo editor Harald Menk, senior director of Getty Images Georges De Keerle, AFP’s photo distribution director Michel Scotto, World Press Photo award winners Guillaume Herbaut and Yuri Kozyrev, war reporter Patrick Chauvel, plus Anadolu Agency visual news editor Ahmet Sel and AA’s photography editor Firat Yurdakul.

The Istanbul Photo Awards is the first edition of the international news and sports photography contest organized by The Anadolu Agency.

Organizers aim to make the contest one of the most important photo award contests in the world.

Since Nov. 1, when applications for entries were opened, contestants from over 60 countries have sought to participate in the competition, sending over 1,000 images.

Photographers are invited to submit images to be assessed in several categories: News Single and News Story; for an individual news photo or a collection around a story; as well as Sports Single and Sports Story.

Winners of each category will be awarded $8,000, followed by $3,000 for runner-ups and $1,500 for those in third place.

A combined amount of $58,000 will be awarded in four categories in addition to one special prize.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2015 on www.istanbulphotoawards.com

Followers also can also learn more about the contest from social media, including at:

Twitter: @istphotoawards,  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IstanbulPhotoAwards and Instagram: http://instagram.com/istanbulphotoawards 

The competition results will be announced on Anadolu Images, the international photograph platform of The Anadolu Agency.

The award ceremony will be held in April in Istanbul.

Photos from 60 countries submitted for AA Photo Awards

Nearly 250 contestants from 60 countries have submitted photos to The Anadolu Agency's photography contest.


In the first month alone, contestants from nearly 60 countries have applied to participate in The Anadolu Agency’s international news and sports photography contest, the Istanbul Photo Awards.

Organizers aim to make the contest one of the most important photo award contests in the world.

Some 246 contestants from 60 countries opened an account on the website of the Istanbul Photo Awards between Nov. 1-28. They have submitted a total of 585 photos. 

The photographers have sent 86 photos from France, 71 from Italy, 61 from Turkey, 44 from England and 32 from Palestine.

Photographers sent 258 images for the "news single" category, 36 images for the "sports single" category, 185 images for the "photo series" category and 106 images for the "sport series photo" category.

Applications to participate in the Istanbul Photo Awards were opened Nov. 1.

A combined amount of $58,000 will be awarded to the winners in four categories, and in one special prize.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2015 on www.istanbulphotoawards.com.

Followers also can also learn of the contest from social media, including Twitter account "@istphotoawards," Facebook page "https://www.facebook.com/IstanbulPhotoAwards," and Instagram account "https://www.flickr.com/photos/128873901@N03/."

The jury will include TIME magazine’s Photo Editor Alice Gabriner, Stern’s Photo Editor Haral Menk, Director of Getty Images Georges Dekeerle, AFP’s Photo Distribution Director Michel Scotto, the World Press Photo award winners Guillaume Herbaut and Yuri Kozirev, war reporter Patrick Chauvel, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor Ahmet Sel and AA’s Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

Photographers are invited to submit images to be assessed in four categories: News Single and News Story, for an individual news photo or a collection around a story, as well as Sports Single and Sports Story. The jury will also select one photographer for a special award.

The competition results will be announced on Anadolu Images, the international photograph platform of The Anadolu Agency.

The Award Ceremony will be held in April in Istanbul.

Famous artists, editors on Istanbul Photo Awards jury

A total of $ 58,000 is to be awarded to the winners of the Istanbul Photo Awards, the first edition of the international news and sports photography contest organized by the Anadolu Agency.



The jury of the Anadolu Agency’s own international news and sports photography contest, the Istanbul Photo Awards, will be composed of world-renowned editors, publishers and photojournalists.

The jury will include TIME’s Photo Editor Alice Gabriner, Stern’s Photo Editor Haral Menk, Director of Getty Images Georges Dekeerle, AFP’s Photo Distribution Director Michel Scotto, the World Press Photo award winners Guillaume Herbaut and Yuri Kozirev, war reporter Patrick Chauvel, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor Ahmet Sel and AA’s Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

Alice Gabriner

Alice Gabriner is the International Photo Editor at TIME magazine, a position she held previously from 2003-2009. Prior to rejoining TIME, Gabriner was a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic magazine, and before that, she was the Deputy Director of Photography in the Obama White House. During her ten-year tenure at TIME from 1999-2009, she led the photo department during the 2008-2009 campaign, election and inauguration of President Barack Obama.

She oversaw the magazine’s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War, and she worked with TIME’s notable team of photographers during the Presidential election in 2000. Over a 20-year career at newsweeklies, she has covered national, international, and breaking news. The photographers she has worked with have been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the ICP Infinity Award, and multiple ASME, World Press Photo and Picture of the Year awards. Gabriner has curated photography exhibits around the world, and she has been a member of numerous photo juries and portfolio reviews.

Harald Menk

Harald Menk is the photo editor at the Foreign Desk for Stern Magazine. He finished his studies with Magister Artium (master of arts) in communication science, sociology and history of arts, and continued his studies in political science and romance philology. The written examination was about "Working conditions for Photo Editors in German newspapers and the history of Photojournalism." Subsequently he worked for five years as a photo editor for dpa (german press agency) in Frankfurt. For 25 years he worked for STERN Magazine at the Foreign Desk. He has traveled to Seoul, Albertville, Calgary, Chicago (Olympics, Soccer championships), Nairobi (Rwanda genocide), Jordan (Iraq war). He attended the Workshop for photo editors, designers and photographers in Jakarta. He has been a jury member and chairman in Moscow, Warsaw, Croatia, Prague, Cambodia and for Getty Grant in Perpignan.

Georges De Keerle

Georges De Keerle is the senior Director for Entertainment and Partnerships of EMEA since 2002. Keerle worked as a photojournalist for SIPA Press in France between 1978-1982 and Angeli in UK between 1982-1984. He worked as bureau chief for Gamma in U,K, between 1984-1991 and Sygma in Russia between 1991-1997. He worked as liaison correspondent at the White House in U,S, from 1997 to 1999. He also worked as Newsmakers partner in U,S, between the years of 1997 and 1999 and Director of Photography for News and Entertainment in the U.S. between 1999-2002.

Michel Scotto

Michel Scotto, 60, is Director of Photo Business Development at Agence France-Presse. He started as a freelancer in the mid-70s before joining the Associated Press in 1979 in Paris. He then moved to Agence France-Presse in 1983 and took part in the launching of its international photo service late 1984. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 he took the position of Editor-in-Chief in charge of Europe, Africa and Middle East until 1994, when he moved to Hong Kong as Photo Manager for Asia-Pacific. In 2000, back in Paris, he was asked to look for new development opportunities through content partnerships and distribution which were made possible with the Internet. AFP online photo database ImageForum now makes available content from more than 50 Agencies to media and non-media clients in some 150 countries.

Yuri Kozirev

Yuri Kozyrev (Russia, 1963) has witnessed many world-changing events as a photojournalist for the past 25 years. He started his career documenting the collapse of the Soviet Union, the last empire of modern times, capturing the rapid changes in the former U.S.S.R. for the LA Times during the 90’s. In 2001, Yuri started to cover international news. Yuri has received numerous honors for his photography, including several World Press Photo awards, the OPC’s Oliver Rebbot Award, and the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism and in 2008 he received the Frontline Club Award for his extensive coverage of the Iraq war.

Guillaume Herbaut

Guillaume Herbaut, born in 1970, has dedicated himself for some years now to historical places, filled with symbols and memory. His work called Tchernobylsty, which won the Kodak Critics Prize in 2001, was published in October 2003 and then won the Fuji Book Prize in the following year. Visa pour l’Image gave an exhibition of his work in September 2004. He won a grant from 3P for a project on Nagasaki. Prize-winner of the Lucien Hervé Prize in 2004, he carries on with the aim of revealing unseen tragedies. His work has been exhibited at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris in 2005, at “la Maison Rouge” and Foto España in 2007, at the Silverstein gallery in New York City in 2008. In 2009 and 2012, Herbaut won a prize at World Press Photo. In 2011, he won the Niepce Prize for his work on Chernobyl, and the France24/ RFI award for la Zone web documentary.

Patrick Chauvel

Patrick Chauvel (born in 1949 in France) has been an independent war photographer since his youth. He went through more than twenty conflicts all over the world, including the Six-Day War and t