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First Prize

Boys and Bread Down the Street, Turkey

© Tuna Akçay, 2009

In 2009, a team of scientists were conducting archaeological research in the province of Mersin in Southern Turkey. The boys in this photo used to follow the researchers, intrigued by their archaeological work. The picture shows the boys in their father’s bakery, and was taken just after the photographer had asked them: “How much do you love your brother?”


Second Prize

Girl playing the violin, Turkey

© Aga Luczakowska, 2008

A girl playing the violin at the Istanbul University State Conservatory in Kadiköy, Turkey. The university is one of the oldest educational institutions in the country, with over 69.000 enrolled students. The Conservatory was established in 1914 during Ottoman reign as the first official school of music in Turkey. It was later developed to include also theatre, ballet, and opera. The Conservatory has continuously provided artists for the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera and Ballet.

Third Prize

Dreaming of the Olympics, Turkey

© Abdurrahman Antakyali, 2008

A young boy in boxing gloves poses for the photographer in Ankara. As part of a project initiated by the Turkish Boxing Federation, deprived children are offered free training that helps them fulfil their potential as sportsmen.

Turkey has so far won a total of 82 medals in the Olympic Games. However, it has never won a gold medal in boxing. 

Public’s Favourite Award

Solitude, Turkey

© Arzu Dogru, 2008

A woman sits in a mosque in Edirne, Turkey, in front of an Arabic sign that says “Mohammed”.

Turkey is a secular state, where a vast majority of citizens are Muslims. One of the aims of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first President of modern Turkey in the 1920s, was to modernise life in his country.  In his programme of modernisation, a secular government and improvements in education played a major role.