Exhibition of Istanbul Photo Awards winners opens in capital Ankara

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An exhibition featuring a selection of award-winning photographs from the Istanbul Photo Awards 2021 international news photography competition opened in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the expo, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Anadolu Agency (AA), Serdar Karagöz, began his speech with the sound of a care unit intensive to mark the history of the winning photo from Bangladesh. “Mahmuda, 44, who is in quarantine, tries to smell the birthday flowers left by her daughter on the other side of the door,” Karagöz said.

Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Anadolu Agency Serdar Karagöz speaks during the opening ceremony of the exhibition at CerModern Arts Center, Ankara, Turkey, October 11, 2021. (AA Photo )

He said the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected everyone’s life, has broken many families, caused social isolation and also affected many participants’ perspectives.

Karagöz emphasized the importance of photojournalism saying, “In a hundred years, photography will make people feel the same.”

Regarding the fact that photographers have won awards for their work in war, conflict and disaster areas such as Azerbaijan, Syria and Lebanon, he said that photography has no borders.

Next week the expo will take place in New York, he said, and hopes it will also be held in Japan and other parts of the world if pandemic conditions permit.

The best shots of 2020

For the exhibition, a selection of 74 photographs covering major events around the world over the past year will be on display at the CerModern Arts Center until October 24.

They include entries and winners from the news photography category of the awards, ranging from snapshots of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human life to disasters such as the Beirut port explosion in August. 2020.

A visitor with her baby examines some photos from the exhibition at the CerModern Arts Center, Ankara, Turkey, October 11, 2021. (AA Photo)

Visitors examine some photos from the exhibition at the CerModern Arts Center, Ankara, Turkey, October 11, 2021. (AA Photo)

The seventh edition of the awards and the exhibition are both organized by AA. The national flag carrier Turkish Airlines and the public aid group Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) were the official partners of the awards, which saw some 15,000 applications and 14 eventual winners from 12 countries.

Bangladeshi freelance photographer, Mohammed Shajahan’s photo titled “Mom Love” won Photo of the Year.

The nine-person international jury, including photojournalists and a visual storyteller, decides the winners each year.

More information about the prizes and winning photos can be found on the event website.

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