By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
The First Annual Kaveh
Golestan Photojournalism Award was held last Saturday 2nd October at the at
Iranian Artists' Forum. You may check the site www.golestanaward.com and see the
footnote below  for further reference.
The short and very
professionally conducted ceremony began at 5 p.m. when the doors were opened.
The actual ceremony began at 5:30. and took about 45
The ceremony started off
with a short film made by Mr. Mohammad Raz- Bakhash which included some footage
of Kaveh's work which he had done for the BBC as their cameraman in the area as
well as many of his prize winning photographs, in his different fields that he had been involved, which was
Then the restless,
zealous, efficient and devoted Ms. Lili Golestan gave a talk about how the award
was set up, and the important fact that this award was the very First Award in
Iran which was completely Independent. She went on to introduced the steering
committee, the honorable members of jury, Mr. Bahman Jallali, the famous
photographer, photojournalist, university professor as well as the head of the
jury, Ms. Rana Javadi one of Iran's best , the well known Cameraman Mr. Mahmoud
Kalari, The famous and international acclaimed Director and Film-Makers Mr. Jaffar Pannahi, Mr.
Ahmad Allie the great photographer and teacher, Mr. Ebrahim Haghighi the
distinguished graphic artist and
Mr. Sayffoullah Sammadian one of the famous and most active photojournalists in
Iran, university teacher and organizer of many Photo events, as well as editor
of a photo magazine in Iran. The last three gentlemen were not present as they
were all on a business trip outside Iran.
Kaveh's old friend and colleague Mr. Jim Muir from the BBC had come
especially to attend the ceremony and to be by family's side on such an
important occasion. The outstanding
photojournalist Mr. Shahidul-Alam, the distinguished Bangladesh photographer and
his wife were the guests of honor who were invited with the kind efforts of Mr.
Sammie-Azar, head of Tehran Museum of contemporary Art and his
Some 2342 pictures were
received and 82 photographers with 214 pictures remain from 44 photographers in the first category,
the Picture Story, and 59 pictures from
40 photographers in the Best
Single News Shot category reached the final, it must be added that some of were
in both categories. The works received were so good that the jury decided to
choose six photographers and give them each a certificate of achievement as well
as a Dove statue, (the work of Mrs. Golestan, Kaveh's mother) and 500 rolls of
film to encourage and promote their future works. The selection process was for
very difficult and I personally can vouch for that as I attended a first couple
of the sessions, as an aid, and it was really hard for the selection panel to
set aside some of these works as they were all so good and interesting.
Finally Ms. Golestan
thanked all those who, directly and indirectly, financially and otherwise have
assisted the award and helped to make this occasion come true and in particular
Ms. Simmin Ekrammie the famous Sculptor who designed the Award symbol and Mr.
Siyavoush Salimmi who manufactured and polished the fabulous statue casts. She
paid a great tribute to Members of Kanoon Anformatic, the Iranian Artist's
Forum, Mr. Ebrahim Haghighi who designed the invitation cards and the posters
for the event, and Ms. Ghazie-Nejad
who designed the Award Logo and letterheads. She thanked Mr. Amini and Digarr
Publishing House, in particular, who printed two special books for this occasion
with great efforts on time. These are ; one of Kaveh 's work and the others with
pictures which were sent-in to partake in the Photo Story Reportage and Single
News shot categories.
Then Ms. Peggah Ahmadi,
the poet and stage manager requested the jury members as well as Mr. Jim Muir to
come on stage to present the special awards to these six distinguished
photographers who were:
5. Mr. Javid
Last but not least the
main awards which included the Statue Symbol, in a form of two rolls of films n
piece of film and a cheque for
10,000,000 Rials were given to the winners as follows:
A. he winner in Picture
Story Category went to Mr. Madjid Saeedi for his reportage on War in Iraq - he
received his prize from Mr. Ahmad Allie
B. The Winner in the
Single News Photograph was awarded to Mr. Hassan Sarbakhshian by Mr.
Shahidul-Alam. His picture title was 'Akhoundak'
C. The award for the Best
Young Talent was given to Mr. Omid Salehi by Mrs. Hengamhe
After the ceremony the
guests were invited for refreshments and for the viewing of the works
which had reached the final and were displayed on the ground floor galleries.
The show was very well received and the atmosphere there was very energetic and
positive. I have a selection of photographs here to share with you the
Many guests who had
arrived late watched the ceremony on the huge screen on the ground floor. This show is on until Thursday 7th
October from 10.00a.m to 9.00 p.m. at Iranian Artists' Forum, North
Note: Award winning photos and
other selected photos will be published in a separate article.
 The Golestan family
set up this prize in memory of the late Kaveh Golestan, who lost his life
unexpectedly and tragically while on assignment in April 2003. The Golestan
family's wishes regarding an award being established in Kaveh's name became
known shortly after the sad event. Many organizations that had similar ideas
withheld them in honor of the family. Please note here some related articles on
Kaveh and his works: Works by Kaveh
Golestan, We all lost a friend; His
name is Kaveh Golestan, A tribute
to Kaveh Golestan, Kaveh Golestan: 1950-2003, Renowned Iranian photo-journalist
killed in Iraq's Kurdistan, Annual Awards in memory of Kaveh Golestan announced,
Tribute to a cameraman, BBC cameraman's last moments, BBC cameraman dies in
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