Istanbul Photo Awards 2022 exhibition opens in Turkish capital

Istanbul Photo Awards rank among most prestigious awards globally, says Anadolu Agency Director General Serdar Karagoz

The second exhibition of the 2022 Istanbul Photo Awards kicked off on Tuesday in the Turkish capital Ankara, featuring a selection of award-winning photographs from Anadolu Agency's international news photography contest. 

At the exhibition set to run through Dec. 19, visitors saw the human cost of the conflict in Afghanistan, as well as this year's Formula 1 races, rallies in the US, bird deaths in the Iranian wetlands, and glimpses into the lives of Thai children and mothers in Dagestan.

Türkiye's Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz, Paraguayan Ambassador to Türkiye Ceferino Adrian Valdez Peralta as well as many well-known names from the world of photography attended the exhibition's opening at the CSO Ada Ankara. They were hosted by Anadolu Agency Director General Serdar Karagoz.

Speaking at the ceremony, Yavuz said: "I always define Anadolu Agency as the archive and memory of our country. They do very good work all over the world without compromising on quality."

Karagoz, for his part, said that since its foundation in 1920, Anadolu Agency has always attached great importance to the power of photography.

"We currently maintain nearly 11 million photos on our Anadolu Images platform. We cooperate with many photo distribution agencies globally, including Getty Images, Reuters and AFP Forum. We produce an average of 3,400 photos daily," said Karagoz.

"The Istanbul Photo Awards, which we have been organizing since 2015, has become one of the most prestigious organizations in the world, where the most important international photographers take part,” Karagoz added.

“As Anadolu Agency, we see photography and its story as an indispensable element of news. We want to support photojournalists, who perform their jobs under all kinds of difficult conditions,” Karagoz said.  


Bloomberg photographer Konstantinos Tsakalidis' photo titled "Woman from Evia" won the Photo of the Year award at the Istanbul Photo Awards 2022, the eighth edition of the annual international photography contest.

Tsakalidis' photo was selected from more than 16,000 submissions from various parts of the world.

The first exhibition of Istanbul Photo Awards 2022 opened in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul in September.

Anadolu Agency will open its third exhibition on Dec. 8 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The contest was organized this year with the support of Canon, Turkish Airlines (THY), and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). Culture and Tourism Ministry and CSO Ada Ankara helped organize the exhibition in the capital.

Photographers can send their entries for Istanbul Photo Awards 2023 until Jan. 15. The submissions opened earlier this month.

Details of application requirements and winning photos of past years can be found at 

2023 Call for Entry

Anadolu Agency’s international news photography contest to be held for 9th time

Applications for Istanbul Photo Awards 2023, Anadolu Agency’s international news photography contest, are now open.

Now in its ninth year, the Istanbul Photo Awards, which receive over 15,000 photos every year, aim to honor and support press photographers for their professional dedication.

The competition is recognized as one of the world’s top photography contests. Along with many staff photographers, a sizeable number of freelance journalists also enter the contest. Only professional photographers can enter the contest, using photos of events that made headlines worldwide in 2022.

Entries are being accepted in 10 categories: Single News, Story News, Single Sports, Story Sports, Single Nature and Environment, Story Daily Life, and Story Portrait along with newly added Story Nature and Environment, Single Portrait and Single Daily Life.

The contestants can apply for all categories with no condition whether they are currently working for an organization or their photos are published anywhere.

Terms and conditions for applications can be found on the contest website.

This year, Photo of the Year Award will be given to the photo that stands in first place in the Single News category, and the photojournalist will receive a $6,000 prize.

The first-place winners in each category will be awarded $3,000, the second-place winners $1,500, and the third-place winners $1,000.

The contest jury, featuring star-studded figures from the photography world, will award the best photos in March.

The jury members will evaluate the submitted photos from many different points of view, such as technical proficiency, perspective, movement, and emotion.

Applications are only available at through Jan. 15.

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition kicks off in Istanbul

‘Looking alone doesn't make sense. Seeing it makes it meaningful. Photos actually come our way as the work of seeing,’ says Anadolu Agency director-general