ANKARA
ISTANBUL
Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opens in Ankara
All winning images displayed at Cer Modern Arts Center between May 4-30

The second exhibition of photographs in Anadolu Agency’s 2017 Istanbul Photo Awards that honored 22 photographers from 17 countries opened on May 4th.

Anadolu Agency's Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya touted the awards expansion in a short period and said he hoped to see more growth in the coming years.

"We are pleased to see that the Istanbul Photo Awards have now gone beyond the agency to become a Turkish brand and I hope that together we will all see even more important developments in the years to come,” he said during opening ceremonies at the Cer Modern Arts Centre.

Ozkaya said a third exhibition would be held in Moscow and the UN headquarters in New York in the fall.

The agency's Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said the awards have grown into one of the most prestigious and significant photo contests since it began just three years ago.

News categories were added to the competition as it garnered more attention each year, according to Sel.

"This year we have portrait and nature-environment category which we didn’t have last year. Next year, we will add a Daily Life category,” he said.

Frederic Lafargue's image, Fleeing from Daesh, that was named Photo of the Year, is among the photographs on display.

For the first time in the contest's history, Hosam Salem, a freelance photojournalist in Gaza, received the Young Photojournalist Award for Street Training in Gaza. The new award is given to a winner younger than 28 years of age.

Winners were chosen March 19-22 during a special meeting in Central Anatolia’s historic Cappadocia region, and included Aris Messinis' series, Death in the Mediterranean, for Agence France Presse (AFP) that took the News Series Award;

Adam Pretty’s, Below the Surface taken for Getty Images won the Sports Single Award, while Patrick Smith received the Sports Series Award.

Mary Gelman won the top prize in the Portrait-Multiple category for her images of domestic violence victims. There was no winner in the Portrait-Single category.

Kemal Jufri’s Nurturing Orphaned Orangutans won the Nature-Environment Story Award, while Johnny Miller's Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course photo series took home the Nature-Environment Single Award.

A total of $133,000 was awarded in eight separate categories, in addition to $3,000 for the Young Photojournalist Award and a separate $10,000 Photo of the Year Award.

The 126 images displayed at the Cer Modern Arts Center until May 30. The first exhibition was previously held in Istanbul between April 2 to 16.

The awards are sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency (TIKA).

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opens in İstanbul
Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 first exhibition brought together photographs depicting key events from 2016

An exhibition of photographs featured in Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 was held in the port city’s Tophane-i-Amire Culture and Arts Centre in Beyoglu district on April 2.

The exhibition presented an award-winning selection of more than sixty photographs from eight different categories; news, sports, portrait and nature-environment categories. Sponsored by Turkish Airlines and Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency, this year's contest saw 22 photographers from 17 countries receiving awards.

Around 25,000 photos had been submitted to the contest and jury members picked the winners during a special meeting in Turkey's Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, between March 19 and March 22.

Lafargue: “I am honored to have won this award… I think this is an exceptional exhibition and other competitions should be inspired by it”

The winner of the Istanbul Photo Awards’ 2017 Photo of the Year attended the exhibition opening ceremony and said his image -- Escaping from Daesh -- was intended to show “the escape process of the civilian population” from areas controlled by the terror group.

Giving an interview at the opening ceremony, Frederic Lafargue told that he and a writer friend were assigned to prepare a story and photographs about the civilian population in Mosul, northern Iraq, for Paris Match news magazine. Mosul has been at the center of fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and the Daesh terror group.

"We came up with an idea of showing the escape process of the civilian population from the impact of Daesh in the Mosul region and we wanted to explain how the escaping civilian population was being secured," he said.

Lafargue started his career at a local newspaper in France in 1988 and started working on nationals in 1991 as a local correspondent in southwestern France.

Having followed Turkish photography for a long time, Lafargue said the quality of work in the country was at a high level. "I think there is a competitive photography school in Turkey. I have many Turkish photographer friends," he added.

"I am honored to have won this award… I think this is an exceptional exhibition and other competitions should be inspired by it,” Lafargue said.

For the first time in the contest's three-year history, Hosam Salem, a freelancer photojournalist in Gaza, Palestine, received the Young Photojournalist award for his photograph titled "Street Training in Gaza". The newly-introduced award is given to a winner under the age of 28.

Aris Messinis' photo series "Death in the Mediterranean" for the Agence France Presse (AFP) won the News Series Award.

Adam Pretty's photo "Below the Surface" taken for Getty Images won the Sports Single Award, while Patrick Smith won the Sports Series Award.

Mary Gelman won the first prize in Portrait-Multiple category for her photographs of women victims, while there was no winner in the Portrait-Single category.

Kemal Jufri's photo titled "Feeding Orphaned Orangutans" won the Nature-Environment Story Award, while Johnny Miller's Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course photo series took home the Nature-Environment Single Award.

A total prize money of $133,000 was awarded across eight different categories.

The exhibition was open until April 16.

ANKARA
ISTANBUL
VIENNA
NEW YORK
Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opens in Ankara
Exhibition consisted of 30 photographs selected by jury of international professionals

Anadolu Agency opened the first exhibition of photographs featured at Istanbul Photo Awards 2016 on April 26, 2016.

The exhibition consisted of 30 photographs selected by a jury of international professionals for the Second Istanbul Photo Awards.

Bringing together pictures that depict key events from around the world, the display was open until May 1. Addressing the opening ceremony, Anadolu Agency’s deputy Director General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu said that most photographs featured at the competition were about the ongoing war in Syria. “As the voice of this region, Anadolu Agency makes its presence felt in the international arena with this competition,” Mutanoglu said.

He added that a photograph showing the desperation of a child in a Syrian hospital was the best way to explain to the whole world about the situation in the war-torn country.

Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said the exhibition will be held in other Turkish cities as well as other countries.

Sel said the photographs in the exhibition depicted key stories affecting the world today, including the ongoing clashes in the Syrian city of Aleppo, refugees crossing the Aegean Sea, the east Ukraine conflict and sports-related events.

Among the jury members of Istanbul Photo Awards 2016 were Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto as well as Guillaume Herbaut, a World Press Photo prizewinner.

An image of refugees taken by Russian photojournalist Sergey Ponomarev, which had won an award at the Istanbul Photo Awards, later also won the Pulitzer Prize this year.

Ponomarev’s image had captured the struggle of Syrian refugees for The New York Times. He won the Photo of the Year 2016 award at the Anadolu Agency-organized competition in the Single News category.

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opens
Show brings together images depicting key events of 2015 that featured in international contest

An exhibition of photographs from Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards 2016 opened on June 2, 2016.

The exhibition from June 2 to 26 at the Istanbul Photography Museum featured key events from the previous year, including the work of photographer Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year by the international jury.

Exhibition also included the work of Sergey Ponomarev, who captured images of refugees for The New York Times that won the Single News category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

Images by prize winners Santi Palacios, Ian MacNicol, Valery Sharifulin and Minzayar Oo will also be on show.The exhibition is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and supported by the Turkish Prime Ministry Promotion Fund.

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibit opens in Vienna
Famous photos by distinguished photojournalists to be displayed until Oct. 2

Turkey’s leading news agency, Anadolu Agency, launched its first global photo exhibition in the Austrian capital of Vienna on September 24, 2016 displaying around 40 pictures covering key global events in 2015.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition held at Museum Quartier, Saban Kizildag -- the deputy chairman of Anadolu Agency’s Executive Board – said AA provides news, photos, info-graphics and information to its subscribers around the world with its 96-years of experience and as a reliable news hub.

“With its vast network of journalists and photo-journalists around the world, the agency publishes stories 24/7 in 11 languages. It has offices in 35 countries and journalists in 86 countries,” Kizildag said.

Referring to numerous people getting killed and displaced in Syria every day, Kizildag said: “We believe that photography has the power to unite people against all pain and brutality in the world.”

At the exhibition in Vienna, visitors saw the work of photographer Abd Doumany, whose photo of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as “Photo of the Year” by an international jury.

Exhibition also included the work of Sergey Ponomarev, who caught images of refugees arriving to the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, winning the Single News category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

Images by award-winning Santi Palacios, Ian MacNicol, and Valery Sharifulin also exhibited at MQ.

These photos were also featured at the Istanbul Photo Awards in 2016, first launched two years ago, and expected to include 13,000 photos from 84 countries this year.

Anadolu Agency also distributed its booklet “FETO's Coup Attempt in Turkey - A Timeline” to visitors of the exhibition.

Organized by the Anadolu Agency Corporate Communications Directorate, and sponsored by the Promotion Fund, Turkish Airlines, and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the exhibition was open until October 2, 2016.

Istanbul Photo Awards launches New York exhibition
Anadolu Agency's international competition comes to UN headquarters ahead of expanded 2017 contest

Anadolu Agency and the Turkish mission on November 1, 2016 launched the Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Monday’s exhibition presents an award-winning selection of nearly two dozen photographs from the news and sports categories from last year's IPA contest, chosen from a total of 13,000 entries.

The contest, which features a jury of world-renowned figures, attracted admissions from almost 3,900 photographers living in 84 countries, cementing its international status in its second year.

In both years, the winning image went on to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize shortly after. Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel inaugurated the exhibition with a speech, in which he stressed the news agency's attention to photography as "the most influential medium of communication".

"And we seek to give substance to this perspective by supporting photojournalists, whose work, often performed under threats to their lives, empowers us to be a witness to humanitarian tragedies around the world," Sel said. "This is the raison d’etre for Istanbul Photo Awards," he added.

Sel announced the contest would grow in 2017, with new categories for portraiture and wildlife photography added to the mix "to create more venues for honoring success". There will also be a new prize in 2017 to support young talent in photojournalism, he added. The exhibition will be displayed next to the Vienna Cafe at the UN premises. Istanbul Photo Awards’s launch was attended by Turkey's permanent representative to the U.N., Feridun Sinirlioglu, and a member of Anadolu Agency’s Board of Directors, Muhammet Salih Demirkan.

SHANGHAI
IZMIR
ANKARA
ANTALYA
Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opened in Shanghai
Turkish Consul-General Sahin, AA Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya, and AA Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel attended the event.

An exhibition comprising photographs from the recently-held “Istanbul Photo Awards” opened its doors to visitors at the Shanghai Center of Photography.

The opening reception was attended by Turkey’s Consul-General to Shangai Ozcan Sahin, AA Deputy Director-General Mustafa Ozkaya, and AA Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel, along with representatives of China's leading press institutes, photojournalists, businessmen and art lovers.

"Istanbul Photo Awards" is an international photo contest held by Anadolu Agency, backed by Turkish Prime Ministry's Promotion Fund and sponsored by Turkish Airline.

About the "Istanbul Photo Awards", Ozkaya said in his speech: "We believe to be an indispensable element of visual news world," adding that the contest was seeing more international participation every year.

He said that the Anadolu Agency had proved itself as an international agency which provided the region's most reliable and rich news. "Such a news agency that contributes to the formation of world agenda also shares responsibilities in favor of journalists."

Ozkaya praised the event for highlighting the works of photojournalists internationally, who, he said, risked their lives to cover news and helped news readers perceive the world in a concrete way.

The exhibition took place on an invitation from director of Shanghai Center of Photography, the Pulitzer-prize winner Liu Heung Shing. A total of 107 photographs were showed at the event.

The “Istanbul Photo Awards” was Turkey's first and only news photograph contest held at an international level. The contest received approximately 12,000 applications from 104 countries. Some of the award winning photographs also won more awards at other international contests, including the Pulitzer.

"Anadolu Agency has actualized a very successful contest with an international jury committee of professionals and the number of participator photograph," Liu told Anadolu Agency.

Consul-General Ozcan Sahin thanked Anadolu Agency for bringing the exhibition to Shanghai. "We had the chance of reading global developments and stories which are at the background of these photos," Sahin said.

He hoped Shangai's art lovers, news lovers and life lovers would follow the exhibition with admiration.

Sahin said that he liked Byhangst Matthias' "Lionel Messi"photograph, which was the winner in the sports category. Argentine footballstar Messi can be seen competing with four opponents in this photograph.

Daniel Berehulak's photograph from Liberia about the Ebola epidemic was named as "Photo of the Year" in the contest and is the most striking photograph in the exhibition.

The award winning photographs in the “Istanbul Photo Awards 2014” covered different aspects of global news events such as the civil war in Syria, the Ebola outbreak in Africa, Ukraine conflict, political crises, terroristattacks and natural disasters around the world.

Cang Ciacie, a visitor of the exhibition, said that he too liked Messi photograph as a "football lover and Messi's fan".

The jury included Time Magazine International Photograph Editor Alice Gabriner, Director of Shangai Center of Photography Liu Heung Shing, Stern Magazine Photograph Editor Harald Menk, Getty Images Executive Georges De Keerle, World Press Photo award winning Guillaume Herbaut, World Press Photo award winning war correspondent Patrick Chauvel, AFP Director of Photo Business Development Michel Scotto, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

The jury chose 11 photographers from seven countries as winners in four categories.

Winners of each category and the photo of the year were awarded $8,000; runners-up were given $3,000 and third-placed participants received $1,500 prize money.

Detailed information about the contest is accessible on "istanbulphotoawards.com" and "anadoluimages.com " websites.

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opened in Izmir
Winning photographs were displayed at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

A gallery exhibition showcasing award-winning photographs from the recent Istanbul Photo Awards organized by Anadolu Agency opened at Izmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport.

The Istanbul Photo Awards was Turkey's first and only news photograph contest held at an international level.

The contest received approximately 12,000 applications from 104 countries.

Izmir Governor Mustafa Toprak was informed by Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor Ahmet Sel, Corporate Communications Director Esra Kirecci and Mehmet Yilmaz Guldas, the agency's regional director in Izmir, during the exhibition.

"The exhibition is important for Turkey's promotion and the photographs are very impressive," Toprak told Anadolu Agency.

Winning photographs covered different aspects of global news events such as the civil war in Syria, the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the Ukraine conflict, political crises and natural disasters around the world.

Daniel Berehulak's photograph from Liberia about the Ebola epidemic was named Photo of the Year.

Several prestigious professionals got to pick the best photographs in the contest.

The jury included Time Magazine International Photograph Editor Alice Gabriner, Director of Shangai Center of Photography Liu Heung Shing, Stern Magazine Photograph Editor Harald Menk, Getty Images Executive Georges De Keerle, World Press Photo award winning Guillaume Herbaut, World Press Photo award winning war correspondent Patrick Chauvel, AFP Director of Photo Business Development Michel Scotto, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

AA shortlisted in Digital Communication Awards

Anadolu Agency advanced to the shortlist of the Digital Communication Awards in “online competition” category, with being nominated for its Istanbul Photo Awards event held in March.

Detailed information about the contest is accessible on "istanbulphotoawards.com" and "anadoluimages.com" websites.

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opened in Ankara
The winning photographs of the 'Istanbul Photo Awards' were displayed at the Ankara Esenboga Airport

A gallery exhibition showcasing the award winning photographs from the recently-held international contest "Istanbul PhotoAwards" organized by Anadolu Agency has opened at the Ankara Esenboga Airport.

The “Istanbul Photo Awards” was Turkey's first and only news photograph contest held at an international level. The contest received approximately 12,000 applications from 104 countries. Some of the award winning photographs also won more awards at other international contests, including the Pulitzer.

Daniel Berehulak's photograph from Liberia about the Ebola epidemic was named as "Photo of the Year" in the contest and is the most striking photograph in the exhibition.

The award winning photographs in the “Istanbul Photo Awards 2014” covered different aspects of global news events such as the civil war in Syria, the Ebola outbreak in Africa, Ukraine conflict, political crises, terroristattacks and natural disasters around the world.

Byhangst Matthias' "Lionel Messi" photograph, which was the winner in the sports category, awaits for football fans at the exhibition. In the photograph, Argentine football star Messi can be seen competing with four opponents.

The gallery exhibition will move to Izmir after the show in Ankara. It will be displayed from August 11 to 25 at the Adnan Menderes Airport. Later, the photographs will go on display at the Shangai Center of Photography upon the invitation of one of the jury members, Liu Heung Shing.

Several prestigious professionals got to pick the best photographs in the contest.

The jury included Time Magazine International Photograph Editor Alice Gabriner, Director of Shangai Center of Photography Liu Heung Shing, Stern Magazine Photograph Editor Harald Menk, Getty Images Executive Georges De Keerle, World Press Photo award winning Guillaume Herbaut, World Press Photo award winning war correspondent Patrick Chauvel, AFP Director of Photo Business Development Michel Scotto, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul.

The jury chose 11 photographers from seven countries as winners in four categories.

Winners of each category and the photo of the year were awarded $8,000; runners-up were given $3,000 and third-placed participants received $1,500 prize money.

Detailed information about the contest is accessible on "istanbulphotoawards.com" and "anadoluimages.com" websites.

Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition opened in Antalya
Winning photographs in Turkey's first international news photo contest were displayed at Antalya Airport.

A gallery exhibition showcasing award-winning photographs from the recent Istanbul Photo Awards organized by Anadolu Agency opened at Antalya Airport.

Antalya is among the Mediterranean's major tourism destinations.

The Istanbul Photo Awards was Turkey's first and only news photograph contest held at an international level. It received approximately 12,000 applications from 104 countries.

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