Ozatay scoops Special Mention first prize in Italy

Photo artist and entrepreneur Buket Ozatay has scooped a Special Mention first prize in Italy for photographs from her upcoming solo exhibition in Lefkosa, Women Behind Bars.

Ms Ozatay, who herself organises an annual photo competition in North Cyprus in memory of her father, received her award in Florence last month at the 19th Gran Tour Delle Colline.

The winning photographs of the 10 women imprisoned in Lefkosa’s Central Prison will go on show at 7pm on Wednesday, June 10 at the Naci Talat House of Peace and Friendship in the old city.

Ms Ozatay’s work has been selected in scores of competitions and exhibitions worldwide and on both sides of the island. She has won numerous international awards and is a recognised Federation of Photographic Art (Fiap) artist.

Ms Ozatay said: ”My heartfelt thanks go to the women behind bars for making me part of their stories.”

”This project would not have been possible without them, nor without the support of Interior Minister Teberruken Ulucay and prison director Metin Bilmem and all their staff, the Naci Talat Foundation, my brother Ozhan and my friends.”

Photographs were taken over a period of nine months and sequenced with the help of Ebru Uskan Akacali and Associate Professor Ozan Bilgiseren.

The show may be visited Monday to Friday from 9am-7pm and on Saturdays from 7am-2pm until Thursday, June 25.

By Anne Canalp for Cyprus Today


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