Istanbul Photo Awards applications end

Photography contest winners to be announced on March 23

Applications for the Istanbul Photo Awards, an international news and sports photography contest organized by Anadolu Agency, ended Sunday, the agency said.

Photojournalists sent in thousands of images between November and January and the contest’s jury is scheduled to meet in Istanbul on March 19-21 before announcing the winners on March 23.

They will determine the Photo of the Year 2015 award as well as winners in the News Single, News Story, Sports Single and Sports Story categories.

Combined prize money of $58,000 will be distributed to the first, second and third placed photographers in each of the four categories and the winner of the photo of the year.

The best images from the awards, Turkey’s only international news and sports photography contest, will be exhibited around the world and, as last year, an album will be published.

Director of the Shanghai Center of Photography Liu Heung Shing; Getty Images Executive Georges De Keerle; AFP Director of Photo Business Development Michel Scotto; Guillaume Herbaut, a World Press Photo prize winner; Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel; and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul return as jury members.

Pulitzer laureate Daniel Berehulak joins this year’s jury as the 2014 winner of the competition’s Photo of the Year, as well as Newsweek magazine’s Photo Editor James Wellford; Le Monde’s Director of Photography Nicolas Jimenez; and Laurent Van der Stockt, who has been awarded the Excellence-Journalism Prize from Columbia University.

Berehulak’s photograph on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia is the cover photo of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2014 album. Taken for The New York Times, the image captures the drama of the outbreak.

Detailed information about the contest is available at

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