Award of Excellence

Sebnem Coskun

Anadolu Agency
The caretta caretta sea turtle named Gökçeada, which was hit by a boat in Çanakkale and had fractures and slits in its skull, is sent to the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (Dekamer)in Dalyan by the people who find it. Every injured sea turtle that comes to the center has a name. The turtles are named after the citizens who saved them. The name of this injured turtle was given by the people who found it. One day, Gökçeada, who was being treated for the head injury, died in the tank where it was treated.
Sebnem Coskun was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1987. She started her photography career in 2008. After completing her undergraduate education, she completed her master’s degree in Marmara Fine Arts Faculty Photography Department. Master’s education is on “underwater photography and environment”. She had the chance to visit Chad, Niger, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Spain, Greece and many more countries. And she developed some photography projects in these countries. Since 2012, she has been developing herself in underwater photography and documentary photography. She also made social responsibility projects underwater. In recent years, she has been working on underwater medical wastes, plastic pollution, recycling, climate change and nature issues. She is currently a photojournalist with Anadolu, Turkey’s largest news agency.

[ 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