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Istanbul Photo Awards 2017
Total awards: 133000 $
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Contest info


Hello, I want to introduce you this new contest, which is open for participants from around the world. The "Istanbul Photo Awards" 2017 has been opened. It is one of the most prestigious competitions for photography in the world. Join this online contest by clicking the green button "Join" in the top right corner. This year "Istanbul Photo Awards" competition expanded from 4 to 8 categories. In the competition, "Young Photographer award" will be given for the first time, to participant under the age of 28. New categories include "nature-environment single", "nature-environment story", "portrait-single" and "portrait-multiple". Participants can apply in 8 categories total. Their photographs must be taken in 2016 (from 01 January 2016 till 31 December 2016). A separate $10000 reward will be given to the winner of the “Photo of the Year”. Winners in other categories will win $8000 for first prize, $5000 for second and $3000 for third. There will be 26 prizes for the winners, with a total of $133000 US dollars. The results of the contest, will be announced by the end of March 2017. Turkish Airlines sponsors the contest, which is also supported by the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Promotion Fund and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency. Last year's winners, Abd Doumany (photographer) whose image of an injured Syrian boy receive the award “Photo of the Year” 2016 by an international jury. And Sergey Ponomarev, with images of refugees arriving at a Greek island, won the "single news" category and later a Pulitzer Prize for photography. Winning this competition can give you new opportunity’s and great cash prizes. This can be a good begining for any photographer. Participate online in international competitions like this, to develop your professional portfolio and win prizes.

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Start date

9 December 2016  -  31 January 2017







In the contest, the $3,000 “Young Photographer” award will be given for the first time to a winner under the age of 28; a separate $10,000 award will be given to the winner of the “Photo of the Year” award; winners in each other categories will be given $8,000 for first prize, $5,000 for the second and $3,000 for the third.

The contest consisted of news single and news story, sports single and sports story categories but in 2017, four new categories would be added, including nature-environment single, nature-environment story, portrait single and portrait multiple.

General rules


Photographers must be the copyright owner of the submitted photographs.

Photographs must not violate any third party rights.

Photographs contain the relevant and correct information.

Photographs must be taken in 2016 (01.01.2016 – 31.12.2016).

Digital Manipulation and any kind of photoshop effects is not allowed, only basic color corrections are allowed.

There are 8 different categories with 3 prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Also there will be the "Photo of the Year" and the "Young
Photographer Award". In total, there will be 26 prizes for the winners with a total of 133.000 USD prize.
“Photo of the Year” will be selected from 1st prize winners of all categories.

“Young Photographer Award” will be given to a photographer whose birth date is before 1 January 1998.

Photographers are invited to apply all 8 categories at the same time. Kindly note that this contest is for professionals only and Istanbul Photo Awards’ jury may ask for proofs of the source of the photo or publications on newspapers, magazines or web sites.

Photographers can apply all categories with a maximum number of limits. A photographer can apply with only one photo.
Applications are free.

All submissions must have necessary information embedded into photographs IPTC like: title, description, creation date, city and country.

Copyrights remain on the photographer and Istanbul Photo Awards will use photographer’s credit for all photographs used.
Istanbul Photo Awards and Anadolu Agency may use the submitted photographs for promotional efforts on books, websites, magazines, newspapers, exhibitions, mobile media and all relevant PR campaigns.


Age restriction: 14 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide