Istanbul Photo Awards 2019


Istanbul Photo Awards

Istanbul Photo Awards

Opening: January 1, 2019
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Conditions: Photographs must be taken in 2018
Prizes: $3,000, $5,000, $8,000, $10,000, valuable prizes

Istanbul Photo Awards is an international news photography contest organized by Anadolu 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.


  • Single News
  • Story News
  • Single Sports
  • Story Sports
  • Single Portrait
  • Story Portrait
  • Single Daily Life
  • Story Daily Life
  • Single Nature & Environment
  • Story Nature & Environment

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Istanbul Photo Awards 2018 Winners

Boy / Bangladesh, © Damir Sagolj / Reuters, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Photo of the Year 2018, Single News 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
Boy / Bangladesh
© Damir Sagolj / Reuters, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Single News 1st Prize
Photo of the Year 2018

Leaves cover the eyes of 11-month-old Rohingya refugee Abdul Aziz. His body was brought back to the family shelter at Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, a few hours after he died on Dec. 4, 2017. Abdul Aziz, whose family fled Myanmar two months ago, died at a local clinic after suffering from high fever and severe cough for 10 days, his mother said.


Duterte’s War On Drug / The Philippines, © Ezra Acayan, The Philippines, Young Photographer, Istanbul Photo Awards
Duterte’s War On Drug / The Philippines
© Ezra Acayan, The Philippines
Young Photographer

A relative mourns over the body of Julius Soriano inside a morgue in Malabon on June 22, 2017. Julius was killed by police officers following a drug buy-and-bust operation.


Escape From Ethnic Cleansing / Bangladesh, © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images, Canada, Story News 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
Escape From Ethnic Cleansing / Bangladesh
© Kevin Frayer / Getty Images, Canada
Story News 1st Prize

More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have been forced to flee to Bangladesh following an offensive by Myanmar’s military. United Nations has called events as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Hundreds of refugees are known to have died while trying to escape while survivors keep arriving with horrifying memories. What the Rohingya refugees flee to is a different kind of suffering in sprawling makeshift camps rife with fears of malnutrition, cholera, and other diseases.


Athlete vs. Animal / Hungary, © Lukas Schulze, Germany, Single Sports 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
Athlete vs. Animal / Hungary
© Lukas Schulze, Germany
Single Sports 1st Prize

A swimmer competes during the 17th FINA World Swimming Championships 2017 in Budapest on July 25, 2017.


The Story Of Talai / Belarus, © Pavel Volkov / Vechernaya Moskva Newspaper, Russia, Story Sports 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
The Story Of Talai / Belarus
© Pavel Volkov / Vechernaya Moskva Newspaper, Russia
Story Sports 1st Prize

Alexey is on his way to the training session in the swimming pool. He uses a wheelchair with the help of his companions. The story of Alexey Talai begins with an old ammunition from the Second World War that exploded near him many years later, leaving him without legs and hands. Years later, Alexey became a member of the Paralympic national team of Belarus.


Avoid Floodwaters / Malaysia, © Muhamed Fathil Asri / New Straits Times Press, Malaysia, Single Nature & Environment 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
Avoid Floodwaters / Malaysia
© Muhamed Fathil Asri / New Straits Times Press, Malaysia
Single Nature & Environment 1st Prize

Vehicles are moved to an old bus terminal, the highest ground in Pekan Rantau Panjang on Jan. 4, 2017. Floods have affected almost all states of Malaysia, with thousands of people evacuated to relief centers.


California Burns, © Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, United States, Story Nature & Environment 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
California Burns
© Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, United States
Story Nature & Environment 1st Prize

Palm trees burn in Ventura in California on Dec. 5, 2017. The wildfires have burned more than 1.5 million acres of land across the Golden State. Thousands of families were forced to rebuild their homes and dozens of people have died.


The Crossing / Libya, © Andrew McConnell / Panos Pictures, Ireland, Story Portrait 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
The Crossing / Libya
© Andrew McConnell / Panos Pictures, Ireland
Story Portrait 1st Prize

Omayma, 21, from Morocco, photographed in international waters midway between Libya and Italy. She remembers one of the last conversations she had with her mother: ‘I asked her for money for the journey and promised that I’d return after I’d educated myself. She was worried I’d die.’


The Family / Russia, © Sergei Stroitelev, Russia, Story Daily Life 1st Prize, Istanbul Photo Awards
The Family / Russia
© Sergei Stroitelev, Russia
Story Daily Life 1st Prize

The portrait of Fedya. Five years ago, Nadya, 32, adopted Fedya, 16, from a nursing home where she was a volunteer. Fedya has several neurological diseases, including autism and the mild form of cerebral palsy.

Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 Winners


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