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The Second Annual Kaveh Golestan Photo Journalism Award

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


What is important is registering the truth, my camera registers that truth” - Kaveh Golestan 


The Second Annual Kaveh Golestan Photo Journalism Award took place in the auditorium of the Artists Forum (Khaneh Honarmandan) in Tehran on Saturday 5th November 2005 (14th Abaan 1384).  This award was initiated by his family and friends in memory of Kaveh Golestan, the internationally recognized and accomplished photojournalist, who was killed by a landmine in April 2003 while working with the BBC in northern Iraq.



The founders have turned their pain and sorrow into something enduring, respected and aimed at young photo journalists, and for people and the world around as well as the society we live in, which with no doubt Kaveh would have approved.   Those of us who are involved in this award can only hope that his spirit is pleased with what this award has accomplished and will accomplish in years to come.


The judges were selected from different fields in order to give a true and real life flavor to the award and as last year they were completely independent, like the award itself.



The Judges for 2005 were:

·       Ms  Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, the internationally renowned  film director (her films have a very strong social theme which are in the same line as Kaveh’s work)

·       Mr Kamran Jibraeeli,  the internationally  known AP photojournalist

·       Dr Yuness Shokerkhah, University Professor, journalist, writer and editor. He  teaches Journalism at Ammaeh University in Tehran as well as being an editorial member of International E M Printer magazine

·       Ms Jihan Ammar, a Cyprus based photojournalist, she is the Deputy Photo Director of AFP Middle East and knew Kaveh and his work for many years.

·       Mr Hassan Sarbakhshian, the winner of the first Kaveh Golestan Award[1]




This year’s photographs were only accepted in digital form.  Details of the competition entry requirements were announced in many relevant sites, magazines and national papers.


294 photographers took part in this year competition.  208 had Tehran addresses; there were 207 men and 87 women.   There were 927 entries for the single photograph category, and 2981 entries for the picture story category (each of which could have 7-10 pictures).   This made a total of 3908 entries, which were all seen by all the judges.  One person, aged under 35 would be selected as the best young talent by the judges from among all the entries.  All the finalists’ works may be seen at:



Sponsorship and Thanks


The sole sponsor for this year’s award was Samsung Iran Office.  The awarding committee is very grateful to them for their support and cooperation and in particular Mr Hashemnia, Mrs Arbabian and Mr Ghannadan from their PR office.


The steering committee members would also like to express their gratitude to the following for their cooperation which made the award this year even more successful, our deep thanks go to:


            The Artists Forum, Mr Garib-Pour and Mrs Sharaf-Jahan

            Mrs Simin Ekramie, who designed the award sculptures

            Mr Salimie, who made the award sculptures

            Nasher-e Digarr publishing,  Mr Aminie

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, and especially Mr Hosseinie-Rad and Mr Nammie

Mr Mohammad Hamzeh, chief graphic designer and Ms Naghdeh Ghasemlou

Mr Niknejad, administrator and  webmaster


Award Winners

The winners who will each receive a sculpture and a check for 10 million Rials are:


Single Photo Category


Mohssen Salehi - Fetus in sewage


Picture Story Category

This year the judges decided to make two awards in this category.


Omid Salehi - Life of Sommayeh


Salmanzadeh - Murder in South Dibachie Street -Tehran


Young Talent Award

The award went to Mehdi Ghassemie


A further ten participants were each awarded a certificate of merit and received a check for one million Rials from the awarding committee for their excellent work. The youngest participant who is 14 years old received a check for half a million Rials as a special gift of encouragement.


We strive to make the Kaveh Golestan Award nationally influential and effective, as well as being internationally recognized and admired.


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[1] The awarding committee as a policy will request that one of the winners of the previous years’ awards will be a judge the following year.

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