Turkey has increasingly been a nightmare for countless people since the coup attempt in 2016. People are facing arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, denial of fair treatment, labeling, confiscation, and passport seizure. Many are reluctantly leaving everything they love behind for asylum in other countries where they can at least have minimum basic rights, whereas several others have to stay and face the cruel oppression in the country. Regardless of how their lives unfold, they all have moments, objects, events, or places that tell touching stories.

Photography is the art that takes an instant, an item, or an experience out of time and tells a whole reality and impact that has on life in the background. One frame can make masses feel the tragedy, the emotions, or sometimes the humor surrounding that frame. It can encapsulate the struggle, hope, despair, uncertainty, and anticipation in a single click.

In memory of Ahmet Atac, who was widely known by his nickname ‘KARA EFE’, a 7-year-old who passed away due to passport seizure and obstruction of travel by the Turkish government for treatment abroad, we are organizing this photo contest to raise awareness and consciousness on human rights issues in Turkey and express solidarity with the victims of oppression everywhere. We invite submissions of original photographs that tell captivating stories in the backgrounds. Whether a moment of struggle, an object of sentiment, or memory of love and emotion. We would like to unveil the state of human rights in Turkey and let people know about the aspects of the struggle.


Submissions open

Submission Deadline

Announcement of Winners and Awards Ceremony
March 2021


First Place

Second Place

Third Place

The next 10 people will be awarded get $100 each

The following 10 people will get $50 each

The official notification will be made by March 2021.
Inability to contact a winner may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.


Interested applicants must complete and submit an online application form below.