Photography Contest

Istanbul Photo Awards 2023

Istanbul Photo Awards 2023

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Several categories

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The competition is open to professional photojournalists from around the world.

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Cash Prize
Applications for the Istanbul Photo Awards 2023, Anadolu Agency's international news photography contest, are now open. The competition is recognized as one of the world's top photography contests.

Now in its eighth year, the Istanbul Photo Awards aim to honor and support press photographers for their professional dedication.

Along with many staff photographers, a sizeable number of freelance journalists also enter the contest.

Only professional photographers can enter the contest, using photos of events that made headlines worldwide in 2022.

Entries are being accepted in seven categories:

Single News
Story News
Single Sports
Story Sports
Single Nature and Environment
Canon Story Daily Life
Story Portrait

This year, three awards will be given in the Single Nature and Environment category, featuring works in the field of the environment, one of the world's most pressing issues.

Applications will be open to all published and unpublished works from all over the world.

The contest jury, featuring star-studded figures from the photography world, will award the best photos in March.

Terms and conditions for applications can be found at the contest website. Entries will be evaluated based on multiple factors such as technique, perspective, movement, and feeling.

The Photo of the Year award will be given to the photograph that is first in the Single News category, and the photographer will be awarded $6,000.

The first place winners in each category will be awarded $3,000, the second place winners $1,500, and the third place winners $1,000. The Story Daily Life and Story Portrait categories will have first place winners exclusively.

Besides cash prizes, first prize winners this year will win a Canon camera, Canon EOS R3 to single news and story sports and in other categories Canon EOS R5.

The contest, which attracts thousands of applications every year, is supported by Canon, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and Turkish Airlines.