Call for Entry: Istanbul Photo Awards 2016

Entry to Istanbul Photo Awards still open

International competition run by Anadolu Agency saw 12,000 applications last year

The deadline for entries for the Istanbul Photo Awards, the international news and sports contest organized by Anadolu Agency, is Jan. 31.

A combined $58,000 in prize money is available for the first, second and third placed photographer in each of four categories -- news single, news story, sports single and sports story -- and photo of the year.

Applications can be submitted at

The category prizes are:




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The winner of the photo of the year award will also receive $8,000.

The Istanbul Photo Awards is Turkey’s only international news and sports photography contest. Last year’s competition received around 12,000 applications from photographers based in more than 100 countries.

Last year’s outstanding images have been published in the Istanbul Photo Awards 2014 book.

Daniel Berehulak’s photograph on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia is the cover photo. Taken for The New York Times, the image captures the drama of the outbreak and was selected as photo of the year 2014.

Winners’ photographs have been displayed at the Shanghai Center of Photography and Ankara’s Esenboga Airport.

Turkish Airlines is the contest’s official sponsor and the Promotion Fund of the Turkish Prime Ministry and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency also support the event.


Shanghai photography center lauded city's best art museum

Center's director served as jury member at first edition of Anadolu Agency's Istanbul Photo Awards

A Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist at the heart of Anadolu Agency's recent photo awards has seen his Shanghai museum scoop top prize in a popular listing magazine's museum competition.

The Shanghai Centre of Photography -- whose director is Liu Heung Shing -- has been awarded “Shanghai’s best art museum” by Timeout magazine.

“Opened earlier this year, the Shanghai Centre of Photography is the latest addition to the burgeoning art district developing beside the Huangpu in southern Xuhui district,” the magazine wrote.

In its coverage, Timeout lauded the country's first ever public museum dedicated solely to the art of photography as "only being open a few months, but it’s already impressed”.

Accepting the award Sunday, Liu thanked all those who had contributed to the center's success.

In March, Liu served as a jury member at the first edition of Anadolu Agency's Istanbul Photo Awards, with the Shanghai centre showcasing winning photographs from the event in August.

The awards are Turkey's first and only news photography competition held at an international level.

Anadolu Agency takes part in photo festival

Turkish news agency attends Visa Pour L'Image for second year running

Anadolu Agency is participating in the world's largest photojournalism festival for the second year running this week.

Visa Pour L'Image, held in the southern French city of Perpignan, is attended by internationally renowned news and photo agencies.

"We have noticed a significant increase in terms of brand awareness in just one year. Last year, we got questions like ‘How did you grow so fast?’, while this year they are asking how they can work with us," Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said.

The festival, held between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6, is visited by around 150,000 people each year and this year Anadolu Agency will be promoting photographs taken in 2015 as well as and the Istanbul Photo Awards, which is Turkey's first international news photo contest run by the agency.

Sel said that he had the chance to review the portfolios of dozens of photographers from various countries who would like to work with AA, adding that the festival offered a great opportunity to expand the agency's global photographer network.

The agency produces more than 2,000 photographs a day and distributes them through international distribution agencies.

Talks were also held to expand AA's photo distribution channels, Sel said.

Corporate Communications Director Esra Kirecci noted the big interest shown in Anadolu Images and Istanbul Photo Awards, saying the steady increase in international recognition gained by Anadolu Agency was mostly due to the power of the AA's photos, and Istanbul Photo Awards, which was held for the first time last March.

Last year, Anadolu Agency became the first professional Turkish participant in the festival, which hosts other major news and photo agencies such as Getty Images, AFP, AP and SIPA. 

'Istanbul Photo Awards' exhibition to open in Shanghai

The winning photographs of the 'Istanbul Photo Awards' will be displayed in the China's largest city

A gallery exhibition showcasing the award winning photographs from the recently-held international contest "Istanbul Photo Awards" organized by Anadolu Agency will open Saturday in the China's largest city and seaport Shanghai.

The exhibition will remain open at the newly-opened Shanghai Center of Photography from August 1 until August 15, as held upon the invitation of the center's Pulitzer-awarded director Liu Heung Shing -- one of the jury members.

The opening reception on Saturday will be attended by Turkish Consul General in Shanghai Ozcan Sahin, Anadolu Agency Deputy Director General Mustafa Ozkaya, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel along with representatives of China's leading media outlets, Chinese photojournalists, businessmen and art lovers.

The “Istanbul Photo Awards” was Turkey's first and only news photograph contest held at an international level. The contest received approximately 12,000 applications from 104 countries. Some of the award winning photographs also won more awards at other international contests, including the Pulitzer.

Daniel Berehulak's photograph from Liberia about the Ebola epidemic was named as "Photo of the Year" in the contest and is the most striking photograph in the exhibition.

The award winning photographs in the “Istanbul Photo Awards 2014” covered different aspects of global news events such as the civil war in Syria, the Ebola outbreak in Africa, Ukraine conflict, political crises, terrorist attacks and natural disasters around the world.

Byhangst Matthias' "Lionel Messi" photograph, which was the winner in the sports category, awaits for football fans at the exhibition. In the photograph, Argentine football star Messi can be seen competing with four opponents.

Several prestigious professionals got to pick the best photographs in the contest.

The jury included Time Magazine International Photograph Editor Alice Gabriner, Director of Shangai Center of Photography Liu Heung Shing, Stern Magazine Photograph Editor Harald Menk, Getty Images Executive Georges De Keerle, World Press Photo award winning Guillaume Herbaut, World Press Photo award winning war correspondent Patrick Chauvel, AFP Director of Photo Business Development Michel Scotto, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

The jury chose 11 photographers from seven countries as winners in four categories.

Winners of each category and the photo of the year were awarded $8,000; runners-up were given $3,000 and third-placed participants received $1,500 prize money.

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