Applications closed for AA's Istanbul Photo Awards

Over 11,000 photographs have been sent from around 100 countries since Nov. 1, 2014.

The Istanbul Photo Awards, the first edition of the international news and sports photography contest organized by the Anadolu Agency, has closed applications for new submissions.

On Nov. 1, photographers were invited to submit images on 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.

Since then, 11,587 photographs have been sent from contestants from 104 countries.

- World-renowned professionals to be part of jury

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, Getty Images Senior Director Georges De Keerle, AFP’s PhotoDistribution Director Michel Scotto, World Press Photo award winner Guillaume Herbaut, war reporter Patrick Chauvel, plus The Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor Ahmet Sel and AA’s Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

The Istanbul Photo Awards were first presented to international photoreporters during the Visa Pour l'Image Perpignan photojournalism festival in France, which took place between Sept. 1 and 7 in 2014.

The jury will decide the winning photographs on March 14-15, 2015. They will also select one photographer for a special award.

The winners will be announced at a press conference in April.

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

There will be an exhibition of the winning photographs in Istanbul and in Ankara, followed up by an album.

- Prizes of the contest

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

The category prizes are:




Third Place

News Single: 




News Story:




Sports Single: 




Sports Story:     




Jury's Special Award:


More detailed information can be obtained by visiting the website and

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

Twitter: @istphotoawards



Instagram: @istanbulphotoawards

The Anadolu Agency offers a newswire service in eight languages with operations around the globe, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Asia-Pacific.

It serves clients in more than 100 countries and is one of the main sources for discovering, purchasing and managing images and other digital content.

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