Istanbul Photo Awards makes valuable contribution: Jury

Jury members Deborah Copaken and Cameron Spencer share experiences of selecting winning photos






 

Istanbul Photo Awards 2020, organized by Turkey's premier news source Anadolu Agency, has made a global impact, jury members said.

The winners for the annual event were announced last week.

Sponsored by Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines, the winners captured a melange of events worldwide in 2019 from protests in Hong Kong to demonstrations in Gaza.

The international jury convened on June 24-25 to decide on the first three winners in four categories: single news, story news, single sports and story sports.

Getty Images sports chief photographer Cameron Spencer and Deborah Copaken, photojournalist and author, evaluated the winning photographs and their contribution to visual news for Anadolu Agency.


Photo of the Year

Spencer thinks the winning photo, Hong Kong Protests by Yik Fei Lam, is very powerful and captures the essence of the unrest in the city state.

"Unrest in Hong Kong has been going on for so long, and this photo tells the story of the confrontation and excessive force used by the police. The protester is unarmed, but the focus of the picture is the gun pointed at him, rather than himself," he said.

The world would not have realized how big events in Hong Kong became if it was not for photojournalists capturing images, he added.

"The Photo of the Year reminded me of some of the best photography in Vietnam. The guy who's targeted looks blurry, but it is an intense moment. The elements of the image do not matter one by one, but the photographer captured a moment that is era-defining. It could be considered as era-defining for the US as well, with Black Lives Matter protests," according to Copaken.

Experience, composition key in photojournalism

While choosing the winners, the jury agreed that they wanted to see not only major stories in the world, but also the talent of the photographer.

"What differentiates the average person with a camera from a photojournalist is photojournalists see and compose things differently, and use light knowingly. In addition, nothing beats experience," said Spencer.

The job of a modern day photojournalist is to be the voice of the people and to document the truth with compassion, he added.

The second and third spot in single news went to photojournalists from Palestine.

"What makes them interesting is, they could be from any conflict zone in the world. So they are telling a bigger story than what they narrate," Copaken said.

She also discussed how the jury reached a decision.

"All of the jury came from different backgrounds, so we all had our biases. We pitch in our choices, but in democratic decision making, other factors come into play as well," Copaken commented.

One does not have to be a photojournalist to capture amazing moments, but of course technology enhanced photojournalism in general, she added.

"The best news images should have a beautiful composition, and capture a moment full of emotions. You need to balance out the composition and intensity of the emotion captured," she said.

Sports 

In the Sports category, a good photograph either should be a great action shot that captures the defining moment or it should be a creative image that has some kind of artistic merit, according to Spencer.

In this year's single sports, Jakub Porzycki, bagged the first place with his entry, Gymnastics. The creativity and composition made this photo stand out, Spencer added.

The runner-up is a boxing match shot by Getty's Richard Heathcote.

"The impact of the punch is very hard to capture, and it is very tricky. There's luck involved, but also the skill of the photographer," he added.

Communication amongst the jury members is key while evaluating categories that are not your expertise. While looking at a sports photo, there might be some details that are not obvious to a war photographer, and that is where we received help from the experts and decided on the winners, Copaken, head of the jury, said.

Photographing a humanitarian crisis 

Most of these photojournalists live in the areas they cover, so what they do is very personal for them. But for some others, it is different. A lot of photojournalists on the other hand, just go to the areas parachuting, and then go back to their ordinary lives. This creates a dissonance between the work and the photojournalist, according to Copaken.

"Without images, we wouldn't know what's going on in the world. In Vietnam war, without the photo of the young naked girl covered in napalm, we wouldn't have seen the reality, seriousness of it. Photographers' job is to show evil in the world in a way," she said.

Copaken covered the Soviet exit from Afghanistan. "I would go to the mountains, get sick, get a shrapnel wound and so on. It would take me months to get my film out and send it to agencies. I'd go to the airport, convince a passenger to take it with them - this is before 9/11.

"The agency people would take it from the airport, take it on their motorcycle, and get to agency. They edit, make copies, and send them to magazines. But now, two clicks are enough. This is good for the world, but bad for photojournalism. To earn a living, to follow photojournalism as a career will become harder," she said.

Contribution to global news 

"Any time there's an award, and when they get publicity, people stop to look at images. This is a chance for people globally to say 'wow' looking at these images. For that reason, contests like these are important," said Copaken.

She said it is always difficult to decide upon a winner.

"For instance, the second place in story news, Yik Fei Lam’s Hong Kong protest photos, the photographer got in there and produced the work from beginning to the end. That was what the jury looked for specifically in story photos," she said.

"Istanbul Photo Awards is an important photographic contribution, you see photographers that are well-established and got great reputation. It is a testament to value that photographers place on this competition. There are works [in Istanbul Photo Awards] that are not necessarily represented in other competitions or on mainstream media, which I think is a great way in showcasing them," Spencer said.

Anadolu Agency software 'big help' 

Performing the jury duty from home due to the pandemic was a challenge, but thanks to Anadolu Agency's specifically designed online selection platform, their job became so much easier, the jury said.

"The platform was seamless and quite amazing. Even when we meet in Istanbul next year hopefully, we can use the platform for choosing the images. The tech team worked really fast, they got it up and running in few weeks," said Copaken.

"Anadolu Agency's specifically designed software for the awards this year did a great job, the platform was very easy to scroll through, we could also zoom in on pictures and compare them with one another," Spencer said.


Istanbul Photo Awards 2020 winners announced


Yik Fei Lam, photojournalist based in Hong Kong, wins Photo of the Year Award


The jury of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2020, organized by Anadolu Agency, have announced the winners.

Anadolu Agency organized the annual contest for the 6th time. This year, the selection was made using a specifically designed online platform developed by Anadolu Agency’s tech team.

The international jury convened on June 24-25 to decide the first three winners in four categories: single news, story news, single sports and story sports.

Sponsored by Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines, the winners of the contest presents a summary of the events worldwide in 2019, from Hong Kong to Gaza.


News category

In the Single News category, Yik Fei Lam’s photograph, titled “Hong Kong Protests,” won Photo of the Year Award. The photo shows a policeman pointing handgun at a protester.


Mahmoud el Hams came in second with his photo, titled “Funeral in Gaza,” which he shot for AFP. The photo shows distressed Palestinian children crying side by side.


Reuters photojournalist Ibraheem Abu Mustafa was awarded third with his photo of people breaking fast in a long table near the demolished buildings, titled “Palestinian Iftar amongst Rubble”.


In Story News, Valerio Bispuri won the first prize with his photo series titled “Prisoner.” Photos taken at Italian jails show daily life of prisoners.


Yik Fei Lam’s Hong Kong protest photos were awarded the second prize. The protests in Hong Kong are shown in a series of photos, from protesters to policemen and burning streets.


Alain Schroeder’s photos showing efforts to save orangutans that are forced out of the rainforest, got the third prize in same category. The series is titled “Saving Orangutans”.


Sports category

Gazeta Wyborcza’s photojournalist Jakub Porzycki was awarded the first prize in Single Sports category for his photo titled “Gymnastics”.


The second award in this category was given to Getty Images photojournalist Richard Heathcote for his photo, titled “Boom-Two Time Champion.” The photo captures the drama of a high-stakes boxing rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia, 2019.

Insidefoto photojournalist Andrea Staccioli won the third place in the Single Sports category, with photo titled “Diver”.

Getty Images photojournalist Adam Pretty won the first prize in Story Sports with a series of photos, titled “Sport Climbing’s Olympic Debut.” He also won the second award with “The Road to Tokyo 2020 Paralympics”.


AFP photojournalist Franck Fife won the third award in Story Sports with photo titled “Titan Bike Race”.

Details of the winner photographs can be found at "http://istanbulphotoawards.com/"

Winner of the Photo of the Year won the prize of $8,000. First places in other categories are awarded $5,000, second places $3,000, and third places $500.


Jury decides Istanbul Photo Awards winners

Winners of Istanbul Photo Awards, organized by Anadolu Agency this year for 6th time, set to be announced next Tuesday



After meeting online this week to judge the entries, the jury of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2020, organized by Anadolu Agency, Turkey's top news source, has chosen the winners.

Next Tuesday, June 30, will see the announcement of the choice photos honored by the awards, organized this year by Anadolu Agency for the sixth time.

The selection process took place using an online platform using state-of-art software developed by Anadolu Agency's dedicated tech team.

The winning photos were selected from more than 10,000 entries sent by professional photographers in over 100 countries. Starting June 30, the winners will be viewable at istanbulphotoawards.com.


Jury members include Yuri Kozyrev, a veteran photojournalist with Dutch-based NOOR Agency; Marion Mertens, a senior digital editor at Paris Match in France; Michel Scotto, AFP's head of photo business development in France; Deborah Copaken, an American photojournalist and author; Georges De Keerle, a photojournalist and visual media consultant; Cameron Spencer, Getty Images sports chief photographer; Ahmet Sel, a senior photojournalist; Hasan Oymez, the editor-in-chief of Anadolu Agency's Visual News Department, and Firat Yurdakul, photography editor for Anadolu Agency.


An Anadolu Agency team organized the elimination process on an online platform specifically designed for the awards.

Jury members praised the continuation of the contest even amid the coronavirus outbreak, and shared their thoughts on the organization.

Scotto congratulated the organizers for maintaining a smooth process despite this year’s challenging circumstances due to the pandemic.

Spencer said the online elimination platform, including jurors from at least six countries, was handled very smoothly, and congratulated the team.

De Keerle said the technology used in the platform was quite advanced, while Mertens praised its ease of use.

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier airline, sponsors the contest.

Istanbul Photo Awards to take place online

Winners of annual event to be announced on June 30



The jury of Istanbul Photo Awards 2020, organized by Anadolu Agency, Turkey's top news source, will meet online for this year’s event due to novel coronavirus.

The jury meeting of the 6th edition of the contest which is held annually with the participation of photographers from more than 100 countries, will be held on June 24-25.

The jury will follow the elimination process via a website specially prepared for the contest by the Anadolu Agency team. The winners will be announced on June 30.

Jury gathering, which was scheduled for March in Turkey, had been postponed as part of pandemic measures.

More than 10,000 photos were sent to the event in four categories. Applications were made between Nov., 2019, and Feb., 2020 at www.istanbulphotoawards.com.

Information on the international jury board of the contest, consisting of the most prestigious names in the world of photography, can be found at http://www.istanbulphotoawards.com/Jury/.

Istanbul Photo Awards announces jury for 2020 contest

Jury members to meet this March to select winner of international photo contest




The Jury members to judge entries in the sixth Istanbul Photo Awards -- an international news photography contest held by Turkey's leading Anadolu Agency -- were announced on Wednesday.

The jury members of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2020 are Yuri Kozyrev, a photojournalist with Dutch-based NOOR Agency; Marion Mertens, a senior digital editor at Paris Match in France; Michel Scotto, AFP's head of photo business development in France; Deborah Copaken, an American photojournalist and author; Georges De Keerle, a photojournalist and visual media consultant; Cameron Spencer, Getty Images sports chief photographer; Ahmet Sel, a senior photojournalist with Anadolu Agency; Hasan Oymez, the editor-in-chief of Anadolu Agency's Visual News Department, and Firat Yurdakul, photography editor for Anadolu Agency.

Jury members will meet this March to select the winner of the international photo contest.

The Istanbul Photo Awards is organized by Anadolu Agency, which has worked with a great number of photojournalists throughout its 100 years in journalism and aims to support the profession of photojournalism.

The application period of the contest, to which photographers across the world applied in approximately three months, was extended until Feb. 15, according to a statement from the agency.

The contest has four categories: Single News, Story News, Single Sports, and Story Sports.

Professional photographers can apply for the contest via istanbulphotoawards.com, the statement said.

The winner of the Single News category will be honored as Photo of the Year with a prize of $8,000, while winners in other categories will get $5,000 for first prize, $3,000 for second prize, and $1,500 for third.

Much like years past, this year's winning photos will be displayed throughout the year at exhibitions in Turkey and abroad, including New York, Istanbul and Tokyo.