Call for Entry: Istanbul Photo Awards 2015

AA Istanbul Photo Awards applications available

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

Applications to participate in the Istanbul Photo Awards, the first edition of the international news and sports photography contest organized by The Anadolu Agency, have been made available on Saturday.

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

Applications will be accepted between November 1, 2014 and January 31 2015 via

Photographers are invited to submit their 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 category prizes are:




Third Place

News Single: 




News Story:




Sports Single: 




Sports Story:     





Jury's Special Award:                     



The Award Ceremony will be held in April 2015, in Istanbul.

 - World-renowned professionals to be part of jury

The jury will be composed of world-renowned editors, publishers and photojournalists, including Time’s Alice Gabriner, Stern’s Haral Menk, Getty Images’ Georges Dekeerle, AFP’s Michel Scotto, the World Press Awards photoreporter Guillaume Herbaut, Yuri Kozirev and war reporter Patrick Chauvel, Pulitzer Awards’ Liu Heung Shing and Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor Ahmet Sel.

The Istanbul Photo Awards were first presented to international photoreporters during Visa Pour l'Image Perpignan photojournalism festival in France, which took place between September 1st and 7th this year.

More detailed information can be obtained by visiting the website and

The Anadolu Agency aims to become one of the world’s five most influential news agencies within 2020, its 100th anniversary. As part of its Centennial Vision, Anadolu Agency aims to make the Istanbul Photo Awards one of most important news photography contests in the world. 

Istanbul Photo Awards applications start on Nov 1

A new international awards competition for news & sports photojournalists to be organized by AA, with entries accepted between November 1 to January 31

The applications for the Istanbul Photo Awards, an international news and sports photography contest, organized by the Anadolu Agency, will start on November 1.

Photographers are invited to submit their images to be assessed for four categories: news single and news story, for an individual news photo or a collection around a story, and sports single and sports story. The jury will also select one photographer for a special award.

The application period will be between November 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015 via ""

Anadolu Agency aims to be one of the world’s five most influential news agencies as part of its 2023 Centennial Vision.

World-renowned editors, publishers and photojournalists will form the jury, and the prizes will be presented in April 2015 in Istanbul.

AA attends MINDS International conference

Anadolu Agency promotes its global projects to international news agencies

Anadolu Agency representatives are attending a two-day conference in Stockholm held by MINDS International - an association of news agencies collaborating on the development of digital media business platforms.

Anadolu Agency's (AA) acting deputy general director Yilmaz Yaman introduced the agency’s global projects; Anatolia Images, Energy Terminal and Istanbul Photo Awards, at the conference in the Swedish capital, attracting great attention from participants.

AA participated in the gathering, which is held annually in Stockholm on 9-10 October, for the first time and was represented by Yaman and Product and Business Development Manager Burak Ucak.

The conference participants exchanged information about digital communications, new marketing approaches and technological innovations.

AA joined the MINDS platform, which currently consists of 22-member agencies from all over the world, last year.

The network's members include well-known agencies such as Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP) and KYODO.

AA currently provides wire services in seven languages - Turkish, Arabic, English, Bosnian, Russian, Kurdish and French - and aims to increase the number to 11 by 2020, when it will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

MINDS International was founded in September 2007.

AA grabs attention at Visa Pour L'Image Festival

Anadolu Agency's latest successful projects draws attention at one of the world's biggest news photography festivals - Visa Pour L'Image in southern France.

The Anadolu Agency drew intense attention at Visa Pour L’Image Festival which runs from August 30 to mid September in Perpignan in southern France. 

The agency held a stand in one of the world's biggest international news photography festivals along with other news agencies including Getty Images, AFP, AP, EPA and Kyodo News.

 Anadolu Images website, the agency's online photo editorial portal, was showcased for the first time to an international audience affiliated with photography. Foreign agencies and freelance photographers hailed the website as a positive development to display the agency's works which subscribers can access, distribute and publish.  

Ahmet Sel, the visual news editor of Anadolu Agency, said he received many enquiries on the agency, particularly with its images and Istanbul Photo Awards which attracted great attention at the festival.

"I had the chance to examine many photographers’ portfolios from Peru to America, Spain to Russia. This festival is a great opportunity for Anadolu Agency to expand its global photography network," he added.

The agency held meetings with large agencies from Germany, Italy and Japan to expand its distribution network and received positive feedback from representatives of news agency who expressed their willingness to publish the agency's football photographs.