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Istanbul Photo Awards 2019

Istanbul Photo Awards 2019

Photo Contest Website

Closing Deadline: 31 January 2019


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. Although it is only the fourth edition of the contest, 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.

The contest receives applications from more than 100 countries each year. The Istanbul Photo Awards 2018 received a lot of attention from photojournalists from all around the world. Almost 37,000 photographs from 125 countries sent to the contest.

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.

Every year online applications are accepted between Nov. 1- Jan. 31 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 significant galleries around the world such as Istanbul, Shanghai, New York, Vienna and Moscow. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkish Airlines and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) sponsor the contest in 2018.


Single News 1st prize winner will be nominated as “Photo of the Year”, the laureate receives 8.000 USD in total.

Categories First Second Third
SINGLE NEWS 8,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD
STORY NEWS 5,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD
SINGLE SPORTS 5,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD
STORY SPORTS 5,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD


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