Award of Excellence

Erdem Sahin

An aerial photo made with a drone shows, children swimming in the Marmara sea covered by sea snot in Darica district of Kocaeli, Turkey, 11 June 2021. Because of global heating, a blanket of mucus-like substance in the Marmara Sea increasing day by day threatens the fishing industry and the environment. According to the media reports, sea snot, which is formed as a result of the proliferation of microalgae called phytoplankton in the sea, has descended 30 meters from the surface in some regions on the Marmara Sea. The biggest reason for this is that the water temperature in the Marmara Sea is 2.5 degrees above the average of the last 40 years.
Erdem Sahin studied photography at the Kocaeli University Fine Arts department after leaving the physics education. He started working for European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) as a stringer photojournalist while he was still a photography student on 2013. He started working at Haberturk being the national newspapers and news television in Turkey at the end of 2014. While working here for nearly two and a half years, he never broke her connection with EPA and he worked for EPA at the same time. He resigned from Haberturk in mid-2017 and became a full-time photojournalist at EPA. He has covered as Gezi park protests, refugee crisis with the some part of Syria civil war and important political situations and elections in Turkey. Erdem still works at Turkey office of EPA.

[ NATURE & ENVIRONMENT ] A single photograph that increases the understanding and appreciation of nature and our environment. Photographers are encouraged to explore the relationship between human and nature/environment. Studio scenes that are arranged by the photographer are not eligible. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2021.

Judges for Nature & Environment
Ikuru Kuwajima
Tanvi Mishra
Sanjit Das
Maika Elan
Oded Wagenstein