Pride Photo Award 2016

Turkish photographer Akin Celiktas, winner of the Pride Photo Award 2016 with this photo of the banned 2016 Istanbul Gay Pride.

This photo shows a young woman in rainbow stockings standing in the street while the riot police march past. The Istanbul Gay Pride march, which had been planned for Sunday June 26, 2016, was banned because of ‘security concerns’. Protesters turned up despite the ban and spread out in small groups, being visible in this way rather than in a march. Police dispersed protesters using tear gas and rubber bullets.

The jury selected this image out of more than 3.600 entries by 398 photographers of 70 different nationalities.

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