Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus Photography Competition

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In recognition of the inaugural European Games, which will take place in Baku in 2015, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is organising the 'Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus' photographic competition. Some excellent prizes are on offer, together with the chance for selected entries to be exhibited across Europe.

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As Baku prepares to host the inaugural European Games in 2015, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is organising a new photography competition entitled Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus. Aimed at both professional and amateur photographers, some outstanding prizes will be available. These include an expenses-paid trip to Baku, including a ticket for the full duration of the European Games; a long weekend in Baku and weekend pass to the Games; and an iPad and entry to the Games. The jury will comprise the internationally-renowned photographers Ed Kashi, Philipp Rathmer and Agdes Baghirzade.

The exhibition of selected entries will then tour the cities where TEAS has offices – London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul and Baku.

The only criteria for entries are that the photos are related to the subject of sport and Azerbaijan. For example, the photos could demonstrate the areas of Baku that are transforming in preparation for the European Games, Azerbaijani athletes in action, typical Azerbaijani sports, or representing the sporting culture of the nation.

Photographs should be sent to (10MB maximum) before 26 October 2014 at 1700hrs (GMT).

For Terms and Conditions and further details, go to

European Games
From 12–15 June 2015, Baku, the Azerbaijani capital, will host the first ever European Games – held under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee. The Games will bring together around 6000 athletes from 49 countries. Nine of the competitions will provide an opportunity to directly qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Great Britain will send 11 athletes to the Games. For more information, go to

Jury members
Ed Kashi
The US photojournalist Ed Kashi has spent his 30-year-long career capturing the political and social problems of our age. A member of the VII Photographic Agency, he is acknowledged for applying the complexity of visual language to surmount linguistic and perceived cultural barriers to represent the human condition. Amongst other awards, Ed won the World Press Photo 2011 prize; and in 2010 won the UNICEF Photo of the Year award and the Prix Pictet. His books include Ageing in America: The Years Ahead and When the Borders Bleed: Struggle of the Kurds, which was a collaboration with Christopher Hitchens.


Philipp Rathmer
Born in Düsseldorf, Philipp Rathmer is an internationally-recognised photographer who has worked in fashion, lifestyle and advertising photography. He is now based in Hamburg, and his clients include Vodafone, Nivea, Mercedes-Benz, Sony and Wella. Philipp has also captured images of some of the most recognisable celebrities of the past 20 years, such as Lady Gaga, Luciano Pavarotti, Jay Z, Michael Schumacher, Sophia Loren and Eva Green.


Agdes Baghirzade
Baku-born Agdes Baghirzade is known for the quality of her portraiture, understanding of her subjects and fascination with nature. For the past decade, her works have been exhibited in many countries, including the US, Russia, Turkey, Italy and Spain. She received the award for the Best Photograph of 2005 from the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ministry of Youth, Sport and Tourism. In 2012, her personal exhibition The Other Side of Me was presented at the Zamenhof Gallery in Milan.


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