Istanbul Photo Awards 2020

Deadline: 31 January 2020
Open to: news photographers worldwide
Awards: different prizes for different categories


Istanbul Photo Awards is an international news photography contest organized by Anadolu Agency. The contest aims to contribute to the sphere of news photography and offers a perspective shaped by the region’s unique position at the center of diverse cultures. The awards reward endeavors of courageous and talented photojournalists from around the world on merit. Although it is only the fifth edition of the contest, Istanbul Photo Awards has become one of the most widely known news photography contests in the world.

Along with the generous awards of the contest aiming to support the hard work and dedication of news photographers worldwide, the application is totally free.

Istanbul Photo Awards receives a lot of attention from photojournalists from all around the world. 10,000 photographers from 150 nationalities sent almost 100,000 photographs to the contest in five years.


  • Applications are free;
  • Photographs contain the relevant and correct information;
  • All submissions must have necessary information embedded into photographs IPTC like: title, description, creation date, city and country;
  • Photography captions must be written in English;
  • No signatures, stamp or any other identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry;
  • Digital Manipulation and any kind of photoshop effects is not allowed, only basic color corrections are allowed;
  • Photographers must be the copyright owner of the submitted photographs;
  • Photographs must not violate any third party rights.


Single News 1st prize winner will be nominated as “Photo of the Year”, the laureate receives 8.000 USD in total.

Categories First Second Third
SINGLE NEWS 8,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD
STORY NEWS 5,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD
SINGLE SPORTS 5,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD
STORY SPORTS 5,000 USD 3,000 USD 1,500 USD

 How to apply?

For more information, and to apply please visit this website.