French photojournalist takes top spot in Istanbul Photo Awards

Frederic Lafargue's "Fleeing from Daesh" wins photo of the year in annual news photography contest organised by Anadolu Agency.

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Frederic Lafargue, who works for weekly news magazine Paris Match, won the award with his photograph of a pregnant woman fleeing a district close to the besieged city of Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2017.

Updated Mar 28, 2017

French photographer Frederic Lafargue won Photo of the Year in Anadolu Agency's third annual Istanbul Photo Awards on Monday. He was among 22 photographers from 17 countries.

The contest sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) was held from March 19 to 22 in Cappadocia, a historical region in the central Anatolian region.

Lafargue's photograph titled "Fleeing from Daesh" captures a pregnant woman trying to reach a safety from a Daesh-held district close to the besieged city of Mosul, Iraq.

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About 25,000 photos were submitted to the contest, and a jury of international photographers determined the winners in the categories of news, sports, portraits and nature/environment.

Lafargue won a cash prize of $10,000. Winners in other categories were awarded a total of $133,000. Separately, the winner of the young photographer award received $3,000.

The award-winning photographs will be exhibited at Istanbul’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre on April 2.

Other winners: 

Freelance photographer Hosam Salem won the Young Photojournalist award with his photograph "Street Training in Gaza" at the 2017 Istanbul Photo Awards.

AFP photographer Aris Messinis took first prize in the Story News category at the 2017 Istanbul Photo Awards.

Turkish photojournalist Mert Gokhan Koc, who works for, took third place in the Story News category with his series "Coup Attempt in Turkey."

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