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Istanbul Photo Awards

Istanbul Photo Awards

• Deadline: January 15th, 2023

• Prize: 58000 USD Total Prizes

• Category: Several Categories

• Entry Fees: Free

• REGISTRATION: CLOSED, Click HERE For More Opportunities

The Istanbul Photo Awards, a global news photography competition, is organized by the Anadolu Agency, a global news agency that has been around for more than a century. The competition aims to contribute to the field of news photography by providing a perspective shaped by the region's unique position at the center of diverse cultures. The awards honor the brave and talented efforts of professional photographers from around the world based on merit. The Istanbul Photo Awards are one of the most well-known news photography competitions in the world.

The contest offers generous prizes to encourage the hard work and dedication of news photographers worldwide, and the application is free.

The Istanbul Photo Awards receive a lot of attention from photographers from all over the world. The competition has received approximately 14,000 entries over the course of eight years.

Daniel Berehulak won the Photo of the Year award in 2015 for his depiction of the Ebola outbreak. In 2016, the image of a wounded Syrian boy taken by Abd Doumany was chosen by an international jury as the "Photo of the Year." In 2017, the image "Escaping from Daesh" taken by photographer Frederic Lafargue was chosen as the "Photo of the Year." Damir Sagolj won the Photo of the Year award in 2018 for his image of a dead boy in a Bangladeshi refugee camp. The 2019 Photo of the Year was Ahmad Gharabli's photograph of a Palestinian woman and an Israeli police security guard. Photo of the Year in 2020 went to Hong Kong-based photojournalist Yik Fei Lam. Mohammed Shajahan won the 2021 Photo of the Year award for Mom Love. For his Bloomberg photo of wildfires in 2022, Konstantinos Tsakalidis won the prize.

The winning films all have the power to educate audiences about other cultures and mobilize people against war and conflict. The jury, comprised of prominent photographers from various fields, had a very difficult time selecting the best images of the year from such a strong field. An international jury annually selects the winners.

Every year, applications are due online at The results of the contest are made public at the conclusion of each year's jury meeting. A photobook featuring the winning images will be distributed to professionals in the field of photography almost everywhere on the planet. In addition, major gallery exhibitions in Istanbul, Shanghai, New York, Vienna, Tokyo, and Moscow will feature the book.


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