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
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
Ms Jihan Ammar, a
· Mr Hassan Sarbakhshian, the winner of the first Kaveh Golestan Award
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
Sponsorship and Thanks
The sole sponsor for this year’s
award was Samsung
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
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
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.
 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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