Istanbul Photo Awards reveals jury for 2017 contest

This year’s competition sees expanded range of categories


Jury members for the third Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 -- the international news and sports photography contest organized by Anadolu Agency -- were revealed Saturday.

As in past years, the jury for this year's contest is composed of some of the most prestigious names in the field of photography.

Director of the Shanghai Center of Photography Liu Heung Shing, photojournalist and visual media advisor Georges De Keerle, AFP director of photo business development Michel Scotto, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul return as jury members.

Photojournalist at NOOR agency Yuri Kozyrev, Director of Photography at National Geographic Sarah Leen, Getty Images Photographer Cameron Spencer, and visual documentary producer and curator Liza Faktor will join the panel for the first time. 

New jury members

Sarah Leen worked as a freelance photographer for more than 20 years until she started at National Geographic in 2005 as a senior photo editor.

Leen participated in the juries for Pictures of the Year International, the W. Eugene Smith Grants, the Getty Images Editorial Grants and the World Press Joop Swarts Masterclass.

Photo journalist Yuri Kozyrev worked for Time magazine across the world during his 20-year career.

Kozyrev received several awards for his photography, including several World Press Photo Awards for pictures from Chechnya, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.

Liza Faktor, a visual documentary producer and curator, served as jury member at the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest. Faktor is one of the most important and innovative names in the field of photography with Howard Chapnick Grant.

Australian photographer Cameron Spencer has been working on sports and portrait photography since 2004. Spencer has also received many awards in his field. 

New categories added, awards increased

Entry applications for the Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 started on Nov. 1 and will continue until Jan. 31, 2017.

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

Total prize money for all categories in the contest will be $133,000.

This year’s competition sees an expanded range of categories, from four to eight. The four new categories include nature-environment single, nature-environment story, portrait-single and portrait-multiple.

Turkish Airlines sponsors the contest which will also be supported by the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Promotion Fund and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

In the contest, a Young Photographer award will be given for the first time to a winner under the age of 28.

Applications will be made via http://istanbulphotoawards.com.

The exhibitions, which consist of photographs of winners of the competition, are on display every year at the important centers across the world.


Istanbul Photo Awards seeking entries

Anadolu Agency's third international photo contest offering expanded range of award categories for 2017


Anadolu Agency's third Istanbul Photo Awards contest started to accept applications on Tuesday. This year’s competition sees an expanded range of categories, from four to eight.

The four new categories include nature-environment single, nature-environment story, portrait-single and portrait-multiple.

In the contest, a $3,000 Young Photographer award will be given for the first time to a winner under the age of 28.

A separate $10,000 award will be given to the winner of the Photo of the Year. Winners in other categories will be given $8,000 for first prize, $5,000 for second and $3,000 for third.

Turkish Airlines sponsors the contest which will also be supported by the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Promotion Fund and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

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

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 captured images of refugees arriving at a Greek island, won the single news category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto as well as Guillaume Herbaut, a World Press Photo prizewinner, were among last year's jury members.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2017 via http://istanbulphotoawards.com".

Istanbul Photo Awards launches New York exhibition

Anadolu Agency's international competition comes to UN headquarters ahead of expanded 2017 contest


Anadolu Agency and the Turkish mission on Monday launched the Istanbul Photo Awards (IPA) exhibition at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Monday’s exhibition presents an award-winning selection of nearly two dozen photographs from the news and sports categories from last year's IPA contest, chosen from a total of 13,000 entries.

The contest, which features a jury of world-renowned figures, attracted admissions from almost 3,900 photographers living in 84 countries, cementing its international status in its second year.

In both years, the winning image went on to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize shortly after.

Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel inaugurated the exhibition with a speech, in which he stressed the news agency's attention to photography as "the most influential medium of communication".

"And we seek to give substance to this perspective by supporting photojournalists, whose work, often performed under threats to their lives, empowers us to be a witness to humanitarian tragedies around the world," Sel said.

"This is the raison d’etre for Istanbul Photo Awards," he added.

Sel announced the contest would grow in 2017, with new categories for portraiture and wildlife photography added to the mix "to create more venues for honoring success".

There will also be a new prize in 2017 to support young talent in photojournalism, he added.

The exhibition will be displayed next to the Vienna Cafe at the UN premises.

Monday’s launch was attended by Turkey's permanent representative to the U.N., Feridun Sinirlioglu, and a member of Anadolu Agency’s Board of Directors, Muhammet Salih Demirkan.

For more photographs from the exhibition please visit;

http://istanbulphotoawards.com/Exhibitions.aspx#

Istanbul Photo Awards application dates announced

Anadolu Agency's third photo contest will accept applications between Nov. 1, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017


Anadolu Agency's third "Istanbul Photo Awards" contest will start accepting applications from early next month.

Applications will be accepted between Nov. 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017, via "http://istanbulphotoawards.com".

Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said the categories had been increased to eight from four.

Earlier, the contest consisted of news single and news story, sports single and sports story categories but in 2017, four new categories would be added, including nature-environment single, nature-environment story, portrait single and portrait multiple.

In the contest, the $3,000 "Young Photographer" award will be given for the first time to a winner under the age of 28; a separate $10,000 award will be given to the winner of the "Photo of the Year" award; winners in each other categories will be given $8,000 for first prize, $5,000 for the second and $3,000 for the third.

Anadolu Agency's Corporate Communication Director Esra Kirecci said the jury for the contest will be announced soon.

Turkish Airlines (THY) has sponsored the contest, which will also be supported by the Prime Ministry’s Promotion Fund and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.

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

Last year, the photographer, Abd Doumany, whose photograph 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 at the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won in the single news category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto as well as Guillaume Herbaut, a World Press Photo prizewinner, were among last year's jury members.