Iranian photographers honored at Zhuhai Intl. photography exhibition

TEHRAN – Iranian photographers Ahmad Khatiri, Elmira Foruzani and Mohammad Esteki have won awards at the 4th Zhuhai International Photography Exhibition in China.

The exhibition is organized each year in collaboration with the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and Euro Foto Art (EFA).

Khatiri’s award-winning pic “Girl Flies in Prayer” was awarded PSA Gold in the Open Mono section.

The photo depicts a little girl opening her arms like wings among a group of Muslims during a congregational prayer.

His photo won the FIAP Gold Medal – FIAP Blue Ribbon J2 at the Vernon-Normandie Photographic Exhibition in France.

Foruzani won the FIAP bronze medal in this category for his photo “Accordion Boy”, which shows an Iranian boy playing the accordion in the bustle of a street.

Esteki received honorable mention PSA in this section for his photo “Cry Underwater”, which shows a man attending a Muslim religious mourning ritual.

The winners of the 4th Zhuhai International Photography Exhibition were announced last Tuesday.

The prize for the best club of this exhibition was awarded to the Focus Photo Club, the Iranian branch of FIAP, while the Dutch photographer Marcel van Balken was selected as the best FIAP author.

Van Balken also won the FIAP silver medal for the photo “Curves”.

In addition, the FIAP gold medal in the Open Mono section was awarded to “Venom” by Hengki Lee from Indonesia.

The EFA gold went to “Wind Shapes” by Adela-Lia Rusu from Romania, while “Muscular Ballet Pointe” by Barry Wong from Hong Kong won the PSA silver.

“Bay Area” was the main theme of the exhibition, and a large number of photographers also competed in the Open Color section.

The winning photos and a selection of contest submissions will be featured in an exhibition taking place from December 9 to 31 in Zhuhai, a modern city in China’s southern province of Guangdong, on the border with Macau.

A jury consisting of professionals Ali Samei, Stefan Toth, Lai Rongzhao, Peng Bang and Zhang Hui selected the winners from nearly 4,000 entries from 44 countries.

Photo: “Girl Flies in Prayer” by Iranian photographer Ahmad Khatiri won the PSA Gold Medal at the 4th Zhuhai International Photography Exhibition in China.

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Tracey L. Sweeney