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Deadline: Mar 18, 2021
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

Istanbul Photo Awards 2021

Istanbul Photo Awards 2021

Calling for professional photographers for the seventh time!

18 March 2021 is the deadline. Submit your best photos in six categories via web site.

Istanbul Photo Awards is an international news photography contest organized by Anadolu Agency, celebrates 100th year as a global news agency . The contest aims to contribute to the sphere of news photography and offers a perspective shaped by the region’s unique position at the center of diverse cultures. The awards reward endeavors of courageous and talented photojournalists from around the world on merit. Istanbul Photo Awards has become one of the most widely known news photography contests in the world.

Along with the generous awards of the contest aiming to support the hard work and dedication of news photographers worldwide, the application is totally free.

Istanbul Photo Awards receives a lot of attention from photojournalists from all around the world. 11,000 photographers from 150 nationalities sent almost 110,000 photographs to the contest in six years.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak won the Photo of the Year award with his photograph depicting the Ebola crisis. In 2016, Abd Doumany’s image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year by the international jury and in 2017, photographer Frederic Lafargue’s image titled “Escaping from Daesh” was chosen Photo of the Year 2017. In 2018, Damir Sagolj won the Photo of the Year award with the image of a dead boy in refugee camp in Banglades. Ahmad Gharabli’s photo of a Palestinian women and Israeli police security officer taking photo of each other chosen as Photo of the Year 2019. Yik Fei Lam, Hong Kong based photojournalist, got the Photo of the Year 2020 award.

All the winning photographs have the power to engage people against wars and conflicts, and to familiarize them with different cultures. The jury had a very tough time selecting the most powerful photos of the year from such a strong field. Every year international jury meets in Turkey.

In 2020 edition, Photojournalist at NOOR agency Yuri Kozyrev, Paris Match Senior Digital Broadcasting Director Marion Mertens, AFP Director of Photo Business Development Michel Scotto, Photographer and Author Deborah Copaken, Visual Media Advisor Georges De Keerle, Sports Chief Photojournalist Cameron Spencer, Photojournalist Ahmet Sel, Anadolu Agency Visual News Editor-in-Chief Hasan Oymez and Photography Editor Fırat Yurdakul are the jury members.

Every year online applications are accepted via The results of the contest announced by the end of jury gathering each year. Award winning photographs will be published in photobook which will be send almost everywhere all around the world to the photography professionals and displayed at exhibitions in significant galleries around the world such as Istanbul, Shanghai, New York, Vienna, Tokyo and Moscow.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Participants will be able to join the contest in six categories – Story, Single, Sports Story, Sports Single, Story Daily Life and Story Portrait. The “Photo of the Year” award will be given to the photograph that is first in rank in the Single News category and the photographer will be awarded with $6,000. The winners of each category will be awarded with $3,000, the second-in-ranks with $1,500 and the third-in-ranks with $1,000. Only the first prize winners will be awarded in Story Daily Life and Story Portrait categories. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Copyrights remain on the photographer, Photographer shall give Istanbul Photo Awards (Website) and AA right to use the submitted photographs with photographer’s credit. Within scope of contest publicity, AA shall sell introduction materials, including photobook, and Photographer shall agree, declare and undertake to not claim any royalty or intellectual property right against AA or third parties. USAGE RIGHTS: AA shall have the right to use the submitted photographs of the winner photographers for promotional efforts on photobook, AA’s websites, Photo Awards’ website, magazines, newspapers, TV, exhibitions, mobile media and all relevant online & print PR campaigns worldwide. AA shall have the right to use the submitted photographs on AA’s workshops as training material and slideshows to communicate to the public. Photographer shall accept and declare to give the right of usage of the submitted photographs and it accept not to put in a claim for using of the photographs within the scope of promoting and advertising for Contest.

The scope of use of the rights granted under this agreement is limited only to the promotion and advertisement of Contest.

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