The applications for the Istanbul Photo Awards, an international news and sports photography contest, organized by the Anadolu Agency, will start on November 1.
Photographers are invited to submit their images to be assessed for four categories: news single and news story, for an individual news photo or a collection around a story, and sports single and sports story. The jury will also select one photographer for a special award.
The application period will be between November 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015 via "istanbulphotoawards.com/"
Anadolu Agency aims to be one of the world’s five most influential news agencies as part of its 2023 Centennial Vision.
World-renowned editors, publishers and photojournalists will form the jury, and the prizes will be presented in April 2015 in Istanbul.
The category prizes are:
Jury's Special Award:
Anadolu Agency is already a well-established global news agency offering a newswire service in seven languages with operations around the globe, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Asia-Pacific.
It serves business clients in more than 100 countries and is one of the main sources for discovering, purchasing and managing images and other digital content.
As part of its centennial vision, the agency plans to broadcast in 11 languages by 2020. The agency currently broadcasts in Turkish, Arabic, English, Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian, Russian, Kurdish, French and Albanian.
The Anadolu Agency has published second book detailing recent developments in Gaza, reconciliation deal between Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, Israeli attacks which are compiled by the first-hand witnesses of AA's correspondents.
The book, " War, Blockade, Resistance: Gaza" appeared on bookshelves and will be followed by other book about Syria named as "The Orphaned Nation: Syria", all in three languages -Turkish, English and Arabic.
Some 30 reporters and correspondents worked to create the book that is presented as an archive, which enlightens the recent history of Gaza under AA Director General Kemal Ozturk as the chief editor.
The book includes Palestine's recent history, impact of Palestine's iconic leader Yasser Arafat, reconciliation deal between Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, Erdogan's famous "One Minute" reaction at Davos economic summit in 2009, the Mavi Marmara ship Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla, which was intercepted by Israeli forces on May 31, 2010 and Israel's latest 51-day offensive on the Gaza Strip leaving some 2,147 Gazans dead.
Under the headlines "I was there", the readers can go through the direct experiences of reporters and correspondents in the field, who faced the turbulent days of Gaza.
Many exclusive photos also can be found in the book, which will help the readers visualize the incidents, including the photos that show the bloody intervention in Gaza and Shujaya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City.
The English and Arabic versions of the book will be published later in September, 2014.
The Anadolu Agency published its first book, "The Incomplete Revolution: Egypt", before World Rabaa Day on August 14.