World-famous editors for AA's Istanbul Photo Awards jury

Judges will include respected professionals from TIME magazine, Getty Images and AFP – to name but a few

The Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards has confirmed that award-winning journalists from TIME magazine, Stern, Getty Images and Agence-France Presse – to name but a few – will act as judges in January’s competition finale.

The inaugural competition will feature a jury of respected professionals, including TIME magazine’s international photo editor Alice Gabriner and Hong Kong-born Pulitzer-winning former photojournalist and founder of the Shanghai Center of Photography, Liu Heung Shing.

The jury will also include Stern Magazine’s photo editor Harald Menk, senior director of Getty Images Georges De Keerle, AFP’s photo distribution director Michel Scotto, World Press Photo award winners Guillaume Herbaut and Yuri Kozyrev, war reporter Patrick Chauvel, plus Anadolu Agency visual news editor Ahmet Sel and AA’s photography editor Firat Yurdakul.

The Istanbul Photo Awards is the first edition of the international news and sports photography contest organized by The Anadolu Agency.

Organizers aim to make the contest one of the most important photo award contests in the world.

Since Nov. 1, when applications for entries were opened, contestants from over 60 countries have sought to participate in the competition, sending over 1,000 images.

Photographers are invited to submit images to be assessed in several 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.

Winners of each category will be awarded $8,000, followed by $3,000 for runner-ups and $1,500 for those in third place.

A combined amount of $58,000 will be awarded in four categories in addition to one special prize.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2015 on

Followers also can also learn more about the contest from social media, including at:

Twitter: @istphotoawards,  Facebook: and Instagram: 

The competition results will be announced on Anadolu Images, the international photograph platform of The Anadolu Agency.

The award ceremony will be held in April in Istanbul.

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