Istanbul Photo Awards turned into a weeklong event with the addition of workshop and talks
3-day-long workshop takes place at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul

A three-day workshop on photography, as part of Anadolu Agency's third Istanbul Photo Awards, took place at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in the port city on March 24, 2017.This is the first time such a workshop was held on the sidelines of the contest.

A total of 16 participants took part in the Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop, including photo-journalists from Anadolu Agency, young photojournalists employed in national media organizations and students from the university’s photography department.

Yuri Kozyrev, a jury member of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2017, and Stanley Greene, a highly-experienced photojournalist, shared key points from their careers apart from sharing their portfolios with the participants.

After the workshop, Kozyrev and Greene met photography enthusiasts on March 26 at at the university’s Sedad Hakki Eldem Auditorium and shared their valuable experience during the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks event.

Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said the workshop once again highlighted the importance of photojournalism in Anadolu Agency.

"Development of photojournalism is one of the missions of Anadolu Agency,” Sel said, adding the workshop gives an opportunity to young photo-journalists to learn from the best in the field.

Among the participants were three young photojournalists from the country’s national media and four promising photojournalism students from Mimar Sinan University, he said.

“It is important for us that news photographs find a wider audience and become more accessible to masses, and also is able to convey stories of humanity to viewers through photo interviews. This requires well-trained professionals,” he added.

He said the Istanbul Photo Awards and the workshop being carried out under it will increasingly widen the scope of photography in Turkey.

“We believe the Istanbul Photo Awards will contribute to journalism in Turkey,” he added.

Turkish Airlines is sponsoring the awards along with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.

This year's jury members include Cameron Spencer, a Getty Images sports correspondent who has been doing professional photography since 2004; Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto, curator Liza Faktor who is famous for her multimedia work; and Anadolu Agency’s Ahmet Sel and Photo Editor Fırat Yurdakul.

The results of the contest announced by the end of March 2017.

Veteran photojournalists talk to Istanbul audience
Highly experienced two photojournalists share key points from their careers as part of AA’s Istanbul Photo Awards Talks

Two veteran photojournalists Russia’s Yuri Kozyrev and the U.S.’ Stanley Greene talked about their experience during wars from Afghanistan to Iraq on March 26 in Istanbul.

The two from Amsterdam-based photo agency Noor were in Istanbul for talks as part of the third edition of Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards, which this year turned into a weeklong event with the addition of workshop and talks.

Speaking during the event, Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said participation in the workshops this year was high

Sel added that an exhibition displaying the selected photos from the Istanbul Photo Awards would be opened at Istanbul’s Tophane-i Amire on April 2 with the cooperation of Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

“We decided that this event should go a little further than a photo contest.”

“It will continue expanding both in Istanbul and abroad,” Sel added.

He later introduced the two veteran journalists, who talked about their agency Noor, an Arabic word meaning light, and their experience during wars and uprisings, especially in the Middle East.

Kozyrev, an award-winning photojournalist, who worked for Time Magazine among many other media outlets covering global issues in the Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, showed short videos about his works in those countries.

“I do believe it was a huge mistake,” he told the crowd about the Iraqi war. “Now we are facing the consequences of this. There is a new phase of this war,” he said.

Greene, another award-winning photojournalist who turned from being a fashion photographer into a conflict photographer, also showed his works from The Western Front, a documentation of the 70s and 80s punk scene in San Francisco as well as the conflict in Chechnya.

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