By Betul Yuruk
Anadolu Agency's international photograph competition is a world class international contest, according to an award-winning senior New York Times photojournalist.
“Istanbul Photo Awards is a top-notch international competition,” James Estrin told Anadolu Agency during his visit to an exhibition of a sample of the 2017 winners that are on display at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Estrin, who was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, was impressed by the quality and scope of the exhibition.
“It reflects the state of photojournalism in general in the world,” he said.
“The thing that strikes me most is the photo-essays, deeper story-telling and several of the photos have one and also part of the other stories,” he added.
The exhibit highlights the works of 22 winners in this year’s competition that received approximately 25,000 submissions.
The Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations helped open the exhibition that is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.
It is the second consecutive year the exhibit has been held at the UN headquarters and the third straight year Anadolu Agency has organized the contest.
Hosted by Anadolu Agency Deputy Director General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu and Saban Kizildag, the deputy chairman of Anadolu's Executive Board, the exhibition will run until Oct. 27.
Works highlighted include Fleeing Daesh, the Photo of the Year award snapped by French photographer Frederic Lafargue for the weekly news magazine Paris Match.
Aris Messinis’s Death in the Mediterranean for Agence France-Presse and Adam Pretty's photograph Below the Surface, taken for Getty Images in the sports category, were also included.
A spotlight was also shined on Hosam Salem, a freelance photojournalist in Gaza who received the Young Photojournalist Award for his work, Street Training in Gaza.