總獎金: 5000(EUR)

最高獎金: 5000(EUR)

報名時間: 2022-07-17 ~ 2022-09-16

主辦單位: 212 Photography Istanbul

主辦單位電話: +90-212-232-4288




This is where you can enter 10 of your photos into the fifth edition of International 212 Photography Competition. Competition entry fee is 15 euros for each entry and is non-refundable.


We are accepting photos taken at any time, any place, and in any context so now is your chance to show us your best so far!

All entries must be received by the deadline of September 16th 2022 at 23:59 +3 GMT. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions of entry (click here to view them) to be sure that your submission conforms to them.


The 212 Photography Competition is a fully independent body, run by 212 Photography İstanbul and showcasing the best up-and-coming talents of the year from the country, region and around the world. Our team administers a series of photography prizes that call for the very best in photography.

However, the photography competition is only half of the story. While highlighting the photographer’s art through this event, we also produce an international biannual arts and culture magazine, 212 Magazine. With these two entities hand in hand, funded by 212 Studio, the premier boutique photography and production agency in Istanbul, we aim to be as challenging as we are influential – to provide an inclusive space for ideas and perspectives to mix without prejudice and better interrogate social, artistic and cultural phenomena from the region and around the world.


By choosing to enter the 212 Photography Competition, you gain the benefit of the prestige and international exposure that comes from entering a competition of this scope. Our aim is to transform the competition into a cultural and artistic tradition that comes out of Istanbul.

First things first. You are able to submit up to ten photos. Although it is encouraged that the images be selected from 1 or 2 distinctive series, it is not mandatory. After you enter, the 212 team will sort through the photographs, and present the judges with a shortlist.



We’d like to set some ground rules.

The competition is open to any photographer or artist using the photographic medium on a regular basis. No age or nationality restrictions apply.

  • • The competition does not distinguish according to genre; portraits, landscapes, still life, fashion, etc. are all admissible.
  • • In pursuit of the newcomers of the year, only photographers/artists who have not had a major exhibition in a gallery or cultural institution of international importance may take part.
  • • Please note that collective submissions – made by two or more artists – are acceptable providing the authors work on a regular basis together and have built a body of work together.


The competition consists of 2 rounds of evaluation:

First round: Entries must be submitted by email at the latest on September 16th 2022 23:59 +3 GMT (see details below). Following this first round, the festival committee will make an initial selection of 10 participants to deliver to the jury. By September 30th, 2022, all entrants will be informed whether they have been selected for the second round, or not.

Second round: 10 selected participants will be evaluated by the jury. Results are going to be announced on October 6th, 2022 during the festival.

In order to participate, please adhere to the following steps:


Submit your photographs by September 16th, 2022 23:59 +3 GMT at the latest. Fill the entry form available on the website Complete the entry form*. Do not leave any requested information incomplete.

Select a minimum of 5, a maximum of 10 recent images from your work. Images should ideally be selected from 1 or 2 distinctive series. Compress the file and submit (zip file). You will receive an e-mail to the address you have provided in the form once your submission is received successfully.

Files must adhere to the following conditions: digital files in PNG, JPG or PNG format at 72 dpi, RGB, 1500 pixels at the longest dimension.

This application must be sent at the latest on September 16th, 2022 23:59 +3 GMT.

We aim to be as honest and transparent as possible, and should you have any concerns or questions about our process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at any time.


10 selected participants will be evaluated by the jury. All participants of the second round will be informed of the results on October 6th 2022 during the festival.


212 Magazine

The winner of the 212 International Photography Contest is entitled to be featured in 212 Magazine.

2019 Winner Ekin Çekiç appeared in the tenth issue of 212 with the theme of Fear of the Future with her Animal Hospital series.





Ahmet Sel, explores the field of documentary and portrait photography. His photographs are published in major international newspapers and magazines including Le Monde, Stern, Paris-Match, VSD, l’Express, The Walrus, Sette, Noticias, to mention a few. Next to his 4 published books between 2001-2012, he also produced and presented in Turkey the podcast “Fotoğraf Konuşmaları (Photographic Conversations)” from 2020 to 2022.
Ahmet Sel’s photographs are exhibited in many museums and galleries, and are part of private and public collections. Sel is also a member of various international and national contest juries.

Erik Kessels.


Designer and Curator

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with great interest in photography. Kessels is since 1996 Creative Partner of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and London. As an artist and curator Kessels has published over 75 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images and has written the international bestseller Failed It!. Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Mother Nature, 24HRS in Photos, Album Beauty, Unfinished Father and GroupShow. His mid-career retrospective was shown in Turin, Düsseldorf, Budapest and he exhibited this year in the SFMOMA. He was called “a visual sorcerer” by Time Magazine and a “modern anthropologist” by Vogue Italia.

Izabela Radwanska Zhang


Editorial Director of 1854 Media

Izabela Radwanska Zhang is the Editor of British Journal of Photography, and Editorial Director of 1854 Media. Based in London and of Chinese-Polish heritage, her words have appeared in Disegno and Press Association among others. She is also a guest lecturer on photography and publishing in various UK-based universities. Prior to this, she completed a MA in Magazine Journalism at City University, London, and most recently acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Graphic Design at London College of Communication.

Roderick van der Lee


Executive Director of Unseen

Roderick van der Lee is the Executive Director of Unseen, an art fair dedicated to the newest developments in contemporary photography. He is also the founder and director of Unbound Photography, a new non-profit foundation dedicated to exploring new multidisciplinary frontiers for photography through exhibitions and research. He previously worked at Christie’s Auction House and Foam Photography Museum. He is a board member of the Elliott Erwitt Fellowship and as an independent curator has curated several photography exhibitions that have been exhibited globally. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on photography.


1.General information

1.1 By entering the 212 Photography Competition competition (hereafter ‘Competition’) the entrant agrees to these binding terms.

1.2 212 PRODUKSİYON İLET. FİLM TANITIM HİZ. SAN. VE TİC. LTD. ŞTİ. (Company Number: BEYOĞLU V.D. / VERGI NO: 001 049 7348), trading as 212 Photography Competition is full operator of the competition, and their team administers all of the proceedings (hereafter referred to as ‘Admin’).

1.3 The 10 winners of competition will earn the right to have their work be part of an exhibition under 212 Fotoğraf İstanbul / 212 Photography Istanbul (which shall from now on be referred to as “Festival”)

1.4 The Competition is not open to anyone involved with the 212 Photography Competition organisation, this includes: employees or staff members of 212 Studio, consultants, sponsors, judges and artists exhibiting during the festival, national and international event hosts.

1.5 All entries must be submitted electronically, and directly through

1.6 All contact from entrants regarding the competition or these terms must be made through

1.7 Parties cannot transfer their rights and obligations under this contract to third parties, real or legal.

1.8 Competition entry fee is 15 euros for each entry and is non-refundable.

2. Image Rights

2.1 All entries must be in the sole ownership of the entrant and not infringe on the copyright of any other party. If it is found that the entries are violating the copyrights or property rights of other third parties, all of the entries made by the entrant will be disqualified. The admin is not responsible for any copyright or property right penalties that may result.

2.2 All entries must be done by the entrant stated in the application form, and the form must be completed in full.

2.3 The copyright ownership will remain with the owner after submission and will not be transferred to the Admin.

2.4 The owner of the copyright will be credited in any instance of publication in any media form using their names as provided by them in their submission(s).

2.5 If it is seen in accordance with the marketing and communication needs of the Competition and Festival, Admin may also add a hotlink or web pathway to the credit text for the photographic website of the copyright owner. These links will always be the same as those submitted on the entry and Admin is under no obligation to update such information. This responsibility rests solely with the entrant. Admin is not responsible for keeping this information updated.

2.6 The owner of the copyright agrees to grant Admin a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and exhibit their images upon entering the competition. This license specifically applies ONLY to instances that directly involve the competition and the display of the photographs at national and international public events under the name of the 212 Photography Istanbul. This license extends but is not limited to cover usage on the Admin website, publicity, email transmission, print media and Admin operated social media. The Admin has the right to use photographs within the frame of the brand collaborations determined upon mutual agreements between the brands and the festival (212 Photography Istanbul). No merchandising or profiteering will be undertaken without seeking separate agreement from the entrant.

2.7 Instances where Admin requires the transmission of copyrighted material for the printing of publicity posters, banners or leaflets and guides, as well as associated publicity, are also to be accepted under this agreement.

2.8 The copyright owner also gives permission for the Admin to send their copyrighted property (image files and captions) to judges on the Admin backend systems to facilitate the judging process.

2.9 In cases of inadvertent uncredited disclosure to the public domain of any material the Admin can take no responsibility. Every effort will be made to ensure that this does not become an eventuality.

2.10 Admin cannot make any sales and/or make any profits from entries without the entrant’s permission.

3. Conditions of Entry

3.1 All entries must be received by the deadline of September 16th 2022 at 23:59 +3 GMT. must be submitted electronically, and directly through

3.2 All contact from entrants regarding the competition or these terms must be made through

3.3 By entering the Competition the entrant acknowledges that this in no way grants them any intellectual property rights over the 212 PHOTOGRAPHY ISTANBUL or the Competition itself. They agree to not use any names, logos or any other intellectual property or make any public statement regarding either Admin of the Competition without gaining prior written consent from Admin.

3.4 Admin places full responsibility with the entrant to having read these terms at the time of entry. Entering the Competition is considered as acceptance of these terms.

3.5 Admin retains the right to disqualify any entrant at any stage and for any reason. These reasons may include, but are not limited to, intellectual property theft, crude or abusive behaviour, dishonest representation and failure to abide by the rules laid out here.

3.6 In the event of disqualification from the Competition the entrant will be offered no prizes or compensation.

3.7 The decision of the Admin is final in all matters pertaining to the competition and no negotiation will be entered into with any entrant or associated parties.

3.8 The Admin reserve the right to waive a breach of any of the rules at their sole discretion.

3.9 By entering the Competition, all entrants agree to maintain the highest standards in all matters relating to the Competition and to not harm the Admin’s professional or commercial reputation. Behaviour that causes damage to the reputations of the Competition, other entrants, partners, charities, supporters, sponsors or associated parties may lead to the entrant’s disqualification, lifetime banning and further legal action depending on the scale of the infraction.

4. File Upload Specifications

4.1 All entries must be submitted in digital JPEG format and images should ideally be selected from 1 or 2 distinctive series. Compress the file and submit (zip file).

4.2 All entries submitted to the Competition should be 1500 pixels at the longest dimension and be no larger than 3 MB.

4.3 It is left to the entrant to ensure that the image meets with these requirements by saving the files with no watermarks, stencil, borders or signatures on the image file itself.

4.4 Failure to adhere to these rules may lead to immediate disqualification of the infringing images with no further notice or reasoning given.

4.5 On the second round high resolution files may be requested from entrants who have been selected by the judges and files should be in TIFF format if possible, or JPEG. and should be in 8-bit Adobe RGB. They should be in the same framing, and in the same colours as the original JPEG entry. Entrants are requested not to upscale their work.

4.6 Entries that cannot be authenticated or are not of an acceptable quality may be discounted from the Competition by Admin at any time.

4.7 Entries deemed by Admin to have been unrelated to a given theme may be disqualified without notice given.

4.8 Entries into this Competition do not have to have been taken in the Competition year and can be from any time in the past.

5. Image Manipulation and Authenticity Assurance

5.1 Image manipulation of digital files that include, HDR, focus stacking, noise reduction, dodging, burning, dust spot removal, sharpening, contrast, tone, and multiple exposure layering (provided that they were all taken in the same session in the same location) are permitted. Details must be provided in the caption at the time of entry for all of the above.

5.2 All EXIF data should be kept intact on the files submitted. EXIF Data which has been modified, is corrupted or missing will be flagged and will lead to the image being disqualified from the Competition.

5.3 Image wide contrast and brightness adjustments, saturation, exposure lens profiling and colour temperature tweaking are exempt from necessary mention in the caption submission and should be considered as commonplace tweaking, and are permitted without the need for acknowledgement.

5.4 It is possible to enter the contest with photomontages or collage photos created by digitally adding, removing, or combining multiple photos or items in these photos. The vast majority of the photographic elements that comprise these photomontages or collages must be based on the participants’ original photographs. Participants submitting such photos should describe in detail the shooting and manipulation techniques they used during the application process for each photo. The Admin has the right to request photomontage or original photos that comprise the collage from participants in order to guarantee that the photos are in accordance with the rules.

5.5 All entries that Admin suspects to have been tampered with, falsified or are found to be illegal (under the above rules) may be disqualified from the Competition.

5.6 All entries must be free from the addition of false or unrelated data that does not originate from the initial picture.

5.7 All entries must be a complete record of all that was in the picture to begin with. With the exception of dust spot removal, this pertains to the removal of people, animals, items, objects or parts of objects being completely forbidden.

6. The Judging Process

6.1 On the first round, the judging is performed by a committee formed by Admin, on the second round it is performed by a panel of 5-10 independent judges. These judges are selected by Admin and are appointed to their role by Admin. The competition that the judges will decide on is the shortlist (2nd round) of 10 winners.

6.2 Once Admin has presented the vetted folders of images of the 10 shortlist winners, the judges decide on the photographs that progress to the winners level of the Competition. These images are stored securely and the winners, and winner is to be selected a day before the festival, in the first week of October 5th 2022.

6.3 Admin reserves the right to disqualify images for any reason throughout the Competition: this includes, but is not limited to explicit or inappropriate imagery, ethical breaches, improper formatting and behaviour of the entrant in matters regarding the competition.

6.4 The 212 Photography Prize is the highest prize awarded and no other ultimate winner will be selected.

6.5 Costs of award shipments within Turkey will be covered. Winners from outside Turkey may mention an Turkish bank account award submissions. If no local bank account can be mentioned, the winner will be responsible to pay the extra expenses (local taxes, fees, surcharges etc.)

6.6 Judges are placed under a non-disclosure agreement that lasts for the duration of the Competition, and their association with the Admin. Under this agreement, they are forbidden to discuss the competition mechanics, internal image sharing systems, administrative particulars or divulge private personal details of those involved with anyone (including: entrants, sponsors, persons relating to press or media outlets.) Any permission to do so must be properly obtained from Admin in writing ahead of time.

6.7 Notification that an entrant’s photography has been selected for an award is done so in the strictest confidence. Entrants are forbidden to disclose any details of any winning entries to any third party in any way including social media until the Admin grants them written permission to do so.

6.8 Admin retains the right to add to or replace any number of the Competition judges at their sole discretion at any stage.


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