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Photo of Banned Istanbul Pride Wins Pride Photo Award 2016

by our Editors in Theatre, Art & Expo , 08 september 2016


A photo of the Turkish riot police preventing the Pride Parade in Istanbul in June 2016 is the winner of the sixth edition of the International Pride Photo Award. The photo was taken by the Turkish photo journalist Akin Celiktas. The award ceremony and official opening of the accompanying exhibition will be held on September 16, 2016 in Amsterdam's Oude Kerk.

Photographer Akin Celiktas photographed how a young woman defies an increasingly conservative culture. We see her on the side of the road, while the riot police march by. The Istanbul Pride Parade, which was scheduled on June 26, was banned for ‘security reasons’. In spite of the ban, demonstrators showed up and spread out in small groups to show visibility as an alternative to the parade. The police eventually dispersed them with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Margriet van der Linden, chairwoman of Pride Photo Award: “We are very proud of the winner. Both the young woman in this photo and the photographer are showing great courage to choose visibility while surrounded by repression. This is about freedom: the freedom to be allowed to be yourself, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom of press. It concerns everyone. Here in the Netherlands and everywhere else in the world.”

Jury president Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, former head of the jury of World Press Photo and responsible for ADAY, the largest photo project ever taken in a one day shot, adds: “The award is all the more urgent in view of the unstable situation of human rights many LGBTs face all over the globe. The winning photo in Istanbul captures that urgency by showing a moment of standing firm despite of growing threats. The Istanbul Gay Pride 2016 was forbidden. Increasing homophobia and infringements of women's rights in general, increased the tensions in a country where violence and threats prevail.”

The photo was chosen from more than 3,600 entries from 398 photographers with 70 different nationalities.

The jury concluded: “We were impressed by the diversity of the submissions, which were not only geographically widespread with 70 nationalities, but also showed a keen sense of the possibilities of photography, as demonstrated by the submissions which, within a broad spectrum of contexts, reflected all aspects of gender and sexuality.”

The exhibition Pride Photo Award 2016 is opened for the public from September 10 to October 16, 2016 and is held at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.


Pride Photo Award is an initiative of COC Amsterdam, IHLIA and Stichting Homomonument. Foam and World Press Photo are advising and supporting us. Pride Photo Award 2016 is sponsored by the city of Amsterdam, Fonds 21, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, and the Lloyd Hotel.
 



 







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