Jury begins choosing winners for Istanbul Photo Awards

International panel gathers in Turkey to select winners across eight categories

A jury of world-renowned photographers and photojournalists gathered in Turkey’s iconic Cappadocia region this weekend to begin reviewing entries for Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards 2017.

The penal began to select three winners each across eight different photo categories.

This international news photo contest is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

In addition to news and sports categories, the jury will determine the winners in the newly added portraiture and nature/environment categories.

For the first time, a photojournalist under the age of 28 will receive a special Young Photo Reporter award.

This year’s jurists include: Paris Match Digital Broadcasting Director Marion Mertens; Noor Agency's veteran photographer Yuri Kozyrev; and Getty Images award-winning sports photojournalist Cameron Spencer.

Other jurists include: Liza Faktor, a famous curator of multimedia works; AFP Photo Deployment and Business Development Director Michel Scotto; Shanghai Photo Center Director and Pulitzer award-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing; and photo correspondent and visual media consultant Georges De Keerle.

Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul return as jury members.

A total of $133,000 will be awarded across the eight different categories and the Young Photo Correspondent section after three days of evaluation.

The winning images will be exhibited at Istanbul’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre on April 2. 

After the jury’s deliberations this week, a photo workshop and a talks will take place in Istanbul.

The Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop will be held from Friday to Sunday with the support of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

A total of 16 students, consisting of young photojournalists working in AA and national media will be participating in the workshop

At this event, Noor Agency photojournalists Yuri Kozyrev and Stanley Greene will share their experiences with participants.

Kozyrev and Greene will also meet participants in the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks to be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. (GMT1100) at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Previous winners

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany -- whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year and Sergey Ponomarev who caught images of refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the single news category.

Ponomarev's photograph was later awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the Istanbul Photo Awards’ Photo of the Year with his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It later went on to win a Pulitzer. 

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