The Cyprus Turkish National History Museum is now focused on the Photography Contest

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Added On: 19 January 2019, Saturday, 09:11
Last Edited On: 19 January 2019, Saturday, 09:11

The Cyprus Turkish National History Museum is now focused on the Photography Contest

Cyprus Turkish National History Museum, which is within the body of the Near East University Education Foundation, is organizing a photography contest themed on Turkish Cypriot National Struggle. The contest will be held in two different categories. The photographs presented for the contest will be assessed by the Selection Committee and those ranking the top three will be awarded. The Selection Committee will also determine three contestants for honorable mention award.

According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, those willing to participate in the photo contest are required to deliver the photographs by hand to the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts that located at the Museums Zone on Near East Campus until 25.01.2019 at the latest.

The first category of the Turkish Cypriot National Struggle Photo Contest will consist of photographs taken during the years of the national struggle. The second category will feature photos to be taken at places specific to the national struggle of Turkish Cypriots for existence and freedom. These photographs are required to be relevant to old military positions, trenches, historical places, streets, tools and equipment and documents that used during the years of national struggle.

Contestants can participate in the photography contest with the authenticated copies of the photographs; the original ones will be secured by the owners. If those, who had taken the photograph(s), or owners are not alive, their relatives will be able to participate in the contest with those photographs by authenticating the degree of their relationships. The original photographs can be donated to the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum if deemed appropriate by their owners. The names of the persons, who donate the photographs, will be indicated while the photographs being exhibited.

Turkish Cypriot National Struggle Photo Contest Requirements:

  1. The contestants can participate in both categories of the contest with as many photos as they desire.
  2. The contestants are required to indicate the places of the photographs taken for the second category of the contest.
  3. If known, the places and the names of persons in the old photographs presented to the contest shall be indicated.
  4. The photographs to be presented to the contest are required to be A4 (21×29), 7) cm in size minimally, or 35×50 cm in size greatest.
  5. The old photographs presented for the contest shall not be manipulated in digital environment but if necessary, the required operations on photographs shall be carried out by experts.
  6. The credentials and telephone numbers of the participants will be sealed tender.
  7. A five digit nickname shall be written on the back of the photographs.
  8. Participants are required to submit a separate envelope for each category of the contest if they will participate in both categories.
  9. Photographs presented for the contest will be evaluated by the Selection Committee consisting of 5 members.

Photographs will be determined by the Selection Committee…
Photographs submitted for the contest will be assessed by the Selection Committee consisting of 5 members. The Selection Committee is consisted of the following members: Professor Ali Efdal Özkul, the Founding President of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum, Hikmet Uluçam, Photograph Artist and Graphic Designer, Mehmet Gökyiğit, Chairman of FODER (Turkish Cypriot Photography Association), Gazi Yüksel, Faculty Member of Near East University and Photograph Artist, and Musa Kayra, Illustrator and Photograph Artist.

Monetary Award will be given to photographs ranking the top three among the photographs specific to the places where the National Struggle took place
The second category of the contest will be a prize competition. The photographs presented for the contest will be assessed by the Selection Committee of 5 members that determined by the Board of directors of the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum. The first-placed photograph will be awarded with 3000Tl, the second-placed one will be awarded with 2000Tl and the third-placed one will be awarded with 1000Tl. The Selection Committee will also determine three contestants for honorable mention award. The holders of photographs considered eligible for the contest but not eligible for prize will be presented a participation certification.

The participants, who will contest in the old photographs category, will be presented a Certificate of Honor provided that their photographs are accepted by the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum.

Photographs will be exhibited at the Cyprus Arts Center…
Photographs considered eligible for the contest will be exhibited at the Cyprus Arts Center, which is located at Atatürk Culture and Congress Center (AKKM) and affiliated to the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, on Thursday 21 February, 2019.

The Goal is to preserve the History of National Struggle and Convey it to the Next Generations…
Noting that it was of great importance to explain the legendary freedom and existence struggle on these lands to which Turkish Cypriots are bound up with a great love, the Dean of NEU Faculty of Sciences and Arts and the Founding President of the Board of the Directors of Turkish Cypriot National History Museum, Professor Ali Efdal Özkul stated that they were organizing a photo contest to provide platform to express the national struggle for freedom and existence of Turkish Cypriots through documents consisting of photographs reflecting the national struggle. Underlining that the young generations need to know their past and history well before setting out to explore the future, Professor Özkul stated that the overriding aim of the contest, which would be held in two categories, was to collect visual material regarding our national history and convey this cultural and historical heritage to next generations in the most appropriate way through Cyprus Turkish National History Museum which will open its doors in 2020.

Contact for Participation in the Contest and Further Information…
Those willing to participate in Turkish Cypriot National Struggle Contest can contact with Professor Ali Efdal Özkul, the Founding President of the Board of Directors of National History Museum, and Görkem Bulunç, Acting Director of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by calling 0392 680 20 00 (extension: 5251)and 0392 680 20 00 (extension 5656) or through email addresses [email protected] and  [email protected]