The international photo contest ASE International Photo Awards 2020, organized by the Engineering Division of ROSATOM State Corporation, ended in December with a solemn ceremony of announcing the winners in Moscow. There are three Turkish photographers among the contest winners.


The names of the photographers and the titles of the best works selected by the jury were announced live.


The participants of the contest were professionals and amateurs of photography from countries where nuclear power plant projects are being implemented using Russian technologies: Bangladesh, India, China, Egypt, Hungary, Finland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Russia.


This year, the traditional contest has been held in six nominations: “My Country”, “Freeze Frame”, “Dialogue with Nature”, “We Are What We Eat”, “Portrait” and “Atom Nearby”. Photographers submitted their works reflecting the life and cultural wealth of their countries, their national identity and socio-economic characteristics, also showing the good-neighborliness of people, nature and nuclear technologies.


More than 400 photographers took part in the ASE Photo Awards-2020 contest, with Turkey ranking 3rd in the number of applications.


The first places in the  “My Country” and “Atom Nearby” nominations were awarded to Turkish photographers – Alpay Erdem and Kayhan Güç (both from Istanbul), with photographs “Ottoman” and "Atom Nearby" respectively. In the “Freeze Frame” nomination, the “Flyboard” photo by Zehra Çöplü (Istanbul) took the 3rd place. In total, 18 people became the winners of the ASE International Photo Awards in 2020.


The Turkish winners of the photo contest told about their work:


Alpay Erdem: “Regardless of the circumstances, the photographer has to be impeccable and do their best within a few hours of shooting. Some shots are born just in the course of life, and you will never be able to repeat them to get a better quality shot”.


Zehra Çöplü: “The most difficult thing is to maintain a high level of sensitivity to the outside world and to yourself. I believe that a photographer should work hard on their ideas in order to develop. Turkey has multiples of beautiful places for photographing – from the ancient ruins on Mount Nemrut to rock formations in Cappadocia, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis in ancient Ephesus, the Pamukkale pools, the Sumela monastery, the Bosphorus and many others. In Turkey, you never get tired of traveling and taking pictures”.


The online format of the award ceremony allowed everyone to attend the event regardless of their location and time zone.


During the live broadcast, the winning participants communicated with the ceremony host and greeted all spectators.


The contest organizers noted: “In 2020, 1,327 works have been submitted to the contest, which is much more than in the previous year. We express our admiration for the photographers’ talent and their ability to see beauty in the world around us. We hope to see even more exhibitors and photographs at the ASE Photo Awards in 2021”.


The contest winners will be rewarded with a visit to Russia, which will be organized as soon as the restrictions are lifted. An exhibition of winning photographs will also be organized in one of the leading Russian museums.


The ceremony recording is available at:


We congratulate the winners of the contest and wish them further success and new creative achievements!