2023 winners announced

EPA photographer Sergey Kozlov wins Photo of the Year award with his work 'Ukraine-Russia War'



European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) photographer Sergey Kozlov's photo titled "Ukraine-Russia War" won the Photo of the Year award at the Istanbul Photo Awards, the ninth edition of the annual international photography contest held by Anadolu Ajansı to support photojournalists.


The contest is now a globally dedicated platform with more than 16,000 international users.

A prestigious jury gathered online and selected the award-winning photographs for the Istanbul Photo Awards 2023.

Kozlov's photo was selected as the winner of the Photo of the Year among more than 21,000 photographs submitted from different parts of the world.

The winners were selected from photographs that cover last year's global events, from the Ukraine-Russia war to the incidents in Palestine, from the pressures of the Taliban administration to child trafficking in Nigeria, from Lithium-induced environmental changes to wildlife studies in Thailand, from the World Cup in Qatar to Portuguese bullfights, Arctic pole icebreakers to African albinos' daily life.

The international jury stated that the quality of the photos sent was very high and they had great difficulty in making the decision in the eliminations made on the platform specially prepared by the AA Information Technologies team.

In the Story News category, Associated Press (AP) photographer Evgeniy Maloletka won first place with his series about the siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.


Getty Images Photojournalist David Ramos took first place in the Single Sports category with his work documenting the joy of Lionel Messi in the World Cup final.


Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Jeff Pachoud took first place in the Story Sports category with his photos at The Tour de France Femmes.

Brais Lorenzo won the first prize in the category of Single Nature and Environment by capturing people watching the fires in Spain with concern.


The jury awarded Jonas Kako's work, which shows the undeniable effects of drought, as the winner of the Story Nature and Environment by the jury.

The winner of the Single Portrait is Elham Abbasloo, who captured the women's movement that started in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini.


AP photographer Ebrahim Noroozi won the first prize in the Story Portrait category for his photographs of female athletes in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

In the Single Daily Life category, Gazeta Wyborcza photographer Jakub Porzycki won the first prize with his photo of Wanda, who was celebrating her 111th birthday.


Politiken / Panos Pictures photographer Mads Nissen, who documented life in drug prisons in Afghanistan, won the first prize in the Story Daily Life category.

This year, 29 photographers received awards in 10 categories in the contest supported by Nikon, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Turkish Airlines (THY), the nation's flag carrier.

Information related to the jury and award-winning photographs can be accessed via the website (http://istanbulphotoawards.com).


Istanbul Photo Awards jury gather to pick 2023 winners

Jury of Anadolu international news photo contest gathers online to review contesting photos


The jury of the international news photography contest Istanbul Photo Awards 2023 gathered on Thursday to decide the winning photos.

Organized by Anadolu Ajansı for the ninth time this year, professional photographers applied to the contest until Jan. 15 with their photos covering global events of the past year.

Over 21,000 photos were sent by 1,971 professional photojournalists from 116 different nationalities to the competition, which was held to support press photography around the world.


This year the competition accepted applications in these categories: Single News, Story News, Single Sports, Story Sports, Single Nature and Environment, Story Nature and Environment, Single Portrait, Story Portrait, Single Daily Life, Story Daily Life.

The best photos of the year will be selected in online sessions, where jury members will participate from six different countries.

The winners will be announced on June 16 after a three-day selection process done through a platform specially prepared for the contest by Anadolu’s dedicated tech team.

The jury session, which was planned to be held in March, was postponed due to the major earthquakes that hit southeastern Türkiye in February, causing great losses in 11 Turkish provinces.

This year's jury brings together prestigious figures from the world of photography, including National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale, photojournalist Carol Guzy, NOOR Agency photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev, The Globe and Mail photojournalist Goran Tomasevic, visual storyteller Marion Mertens, visual media consultant Michel Scotto, Getty Images chief sports photojournalist Cameron Spencer, photojournalist Ahmet Sel, and Firat Yurdakul, the editor-in-chief of Anadolu’s Visual News Department.


Anadolu Ajansı Deputy Director General Oguz Enis Peru thanked the Istanbul Photo Awards 2023 jury for their "invaluable contribution" in his opening speech.

This year’s contest is supported by Nikon, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and Turkish Airlines, the nation’s flag carrier.

The winner of the Photo of the Year – the Single News category first prize winner – will be awarded $6,000.

Winners in other categories will be awarded $3,000 for the first prize, $1,500 for the second prize, and $1,000 for the third. A total of $58,000 will be awarded in the contest. In addition to the awards, this year the first prize winners will be awarded Nikon cameras.

The contest, now a dedicated platform with 16,000 users, contributes to photography with exhibits and photo albums containing award-winning photos, as well as the prize money it gives out.

Information on all jury members of the contest and winning photos from previous years is available at istanbulphotoawards.com.

2023 Sponsors Announced

We are glad to announce that Nikon, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Turkish Airlines (THY) will support Istanbul Photo Awards 2023. 


In its ninth year, the contest is offering a 58,000 USD cash prize in total to the winners in ten categories. With the support of Nikon this year, first-prize winners in each category will win a Nikon camera.


The winners will be announced in early June since the jury gathering was postponed due to the natural disasters in Türkiye. 


We want to thank our sponsors, Nikon, TIKA and Turkish Airlines, for supporting the news photography field.