Sunday, 4 January 2015

Time Magazine and The Guardian award Bülent Kılıç ‘Best Photographer of 2014’

Young woman arrested during Gezi Park victim Berkin Elvan's funeral in Istanbul. Photo: Bülent Kılıç/AFP

Images produced by a Turkish photographer working with leading news agency AFP have been selected as among the world’s best. Bülent Kılıç picked up awards from Time Magazine and The Guardian newspaper for his photographs during various crises in Turkey and the region in 2014.

Kılıç, like many others in his profession, risk all to capture the incredible shots from hot spots around the world. Among his most re-produced shots from 2014 were of the Ukraine conflict, the clashes between the public and Turkish police during the funeral procession for Gezi Park victim Berkin Elvan, the Soma Mining Disaster, the Syrian refugee and Kobani crises, and scenes from the wreckage of the MH17 air crash.

In December, 35-year-old Kılıç was awarded Best Wire Photographer of 2014 by Time Magazine. Among his most striking shots was one of a father kissing his son rescued from Turkey’s worst mining disaster which killed 301 miners in May. The magazine’s Olivier Laurent said, “Amidst a turbulent year, Bulent Kilic's photographs have consistently grabbed the attention of editors and viewers around the world.”

A relieved father with his son, Soma, May 2014. Photo: Bülent Kılıç/AFP
Last week, Kılıç, a father of one who has been working with AFP since 2003, picked up his second award for his 2014 photographs. The Guardian’s picture desk wrote that they had, “chosen Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic, of AFP, as our hotly contested agency photographer of the year. Here’s a look back over 2014 through his lens”.

Kiev in flames as rebels clash with state forces. Photo: Bülent Kılıç/AFP

Woman walks by wreckage of MH17 air crash in Ukraine. Photo: Bülent Kılıç/AFP

Syrian Kurdish refugees by Turkish-Syrian border. Photo: Bülent Kılıç/AFP

Gezi Protest first anniversary, Taksim. Photo: Bülent Kılıç/AFP



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