Istanbul Photo Awards 2021 exhibition opens in New York

AA / New York

New York City hosts the exhibition of award-winning photographs at the international photography competition, Istanbul Photo Awards 2021, organized by the Anadolu Agency (AA).

The Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, Feridun Sinirlioglu, who participated in the opening of the exhibition, noted that this is the first cultural event organized under the roof of the recently inaugurated Turkish House.

“We welcome the growing interest in the annual photography competition organized by the Anadolu Agency, he said. It is possible to see the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of different photographers. “

Sinirlioglu added that some other images reflect creativity and willpower.

“In some ways, this exhibition reflects in a concrete way some big issues facing all of humanity. I hope this exhibition will strengthen our collective will to solve the problems in a fair, inclusive and expeditious way,” he said. wish.

AA Deputy Director General Oguz Enis Peru mentioned the work of photographer Mohammed Shajahan titled “Mom Love” which received the “Photo of the Year” award and said: “It is a epic summary of the Covid-19 pandemic which began in 2019 and which has impacted the lives of all. “

Peru claimed that the winners of the competition gave insight into the locations of conflicts, wars and natural disasters in countries such as Azerbaijan, Syria and Lebanon through their photographs.

“We believe that photos have the power to reach all borders and as Anadolu Agency we attach great importance to photography,” he noted.

He also recalled that this is the seventh edition of the competition, adding that this year, photographers from 96 different nationalities participated in the competition with 15,000 works.

The Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition can be visited between 20 and 29 October at the United Nations headquarters.

Finally, the exhibition is sponsored by the Turkish airline, Turkish Airlines, and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

* Translated from Turkish by Ayse Betul Akcesme

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