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Iranian Artists Win Awards in Turkey and China

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Active Image*Two Iranian artists have been awarded by Turkey's 2010 Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition, known as one of the world's largest cartoon contests.

Mohsen Naseri and Mohammad-Ali Khalaji won awards of success, along with artists from Romania, Brazil, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia and Czech Republic.

Turkey's Ahmet Ozturklevent won the event's first prize, while the second and third awards went to Russia's Sergei Bobylev and Turkey's Kursat Zaman respectively.

Held by the Aydin Dogan Foundation, the annual contest promotes works of professional and amateur cartoonists from all over the world.

*Acclaimed Iranian photographer Hossein Fatemi has received the bronze prize of the 2010 edition of China's International Press Photo Contest (CHIPP).

Fatemi was awarded for a collection of ten photos showing people mud bathing in Iran's northwestern Orumiyeh Lake.

Active ImageThe mineral-rich black mud of the lake is believed to have healing properties for skin and rheumatic afflictions.

Fatemi was selected as Iran's Photojournalist of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2009. He was also selected as the top AFP and Reuters photojournalist in 2006.

The 30-year-old photographer, who is currently working with the United Press International (UPI), has documented war scenes in Georgia, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

He has extensively photographed in Iran and Pakistan as well.

Fatemi's photographs have been widely published in the world's best-known magazines and newspapers including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, the Guardian, The Washington Post and Paris Mach.

He has received the 2006 Silver Medal of the Delaware Photographic Society, the Silver Medal of China's 2007 International Photojournalism Contest, the Gold Medal of the 2005 and 2006 Asahi Shimbon International Competition and the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Gold Medal at the 2009 International Virtual FC Quilmes photography festival in Chile.

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