AA / Ankara
The city of Ankara hosts the exhibition of the photographs awarded during the international photography competition “Istanbul Photo Awards 2021” organized by the Anadolu Agency (AA).
The Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the AA, Serdar Karagoz, during his inaugural speech, recalled the effects of the health crisis linked to Covid-19.
He pointed out that many images from disaster areas, war and conflict environments such as Azerbaijan, Syria and Lebanon are exhibited as part of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2021.
“We believe that photography has no borders,” he said. This feeling, contained there, remains there for centuries. ”
Karagoz notably indicated that the Istanbul Photo Awards, returned to the 7th edition, are organized with the aim of rewarding a job well done. This year’s edition garnered worldwide attention. New York will host the exhibition next week, and depending on the evolution of health restrictions, it will continue in Japan and other parts of the world, he added.
Serdar Karagoz said that the jury received 15,000 photos in the competition, 74 of which are exhibited in Ankara. “We bring together the best photos in the world taken in 2020”, he said.
Ugur Yildirm, winner of the second prize in the Serial News category of the Istanbul Photo Awards competition, said he spent 50 days in Azerbaijan during the Second Karabakh War and photographed every stage of this conflict.
“In this series of photos, I wanted to describe the destruction and trauma suffered by people in areas far from the front line, he said. It was a difficult task. There are many methods. to tell the story of the war. Maybe taking pictures of the front line might be part of it. But instead of taking pictures of soldiers, I tried to show how civilians are affected by the war. And in this series , I also showed the destruction in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. ”
The exhibition, sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA), will run until October 24 at the CerModern Museum in Ankara.
* Translated from Turkish by Alex Sinhan Bogmis
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