Turkish photographer Aydin Cetinbostanoglu spoke of ‘an exciting moment’ and ‘a big honour’ when he was presented with the Cedefop / Photomuseum Prize 2012-13 by Cedefop Director James Calleja in Thessaloniki on 16 December. The artist won the award for his project ‘Diary of a village doctor’ in the Karaburun area of his country and said that ‘every human is a culture and to capture human beings is to capture culture’.

The Cedefop Director stressed ‘the truly international character of the prize’ and added that it is ‘not only a way to support the art of photography but also to visualise vocational education and training and to draw attention to the big issue of today: how to bridge education and work’.

Since 2007, Cedefop and the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography have been organising international competitions for the best photographic portfolio on the theme of working and learning.

The 2012/13 winner was chosen by an international jury consisting of Simon Edwards from the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Elina Heikka, Director of the Finnish Museum of Photography, Jennifer Trauscher, who manages the Impossible Project in Vienna, Vangelis Ioakeimidis, Director of the Thessaloniki Photomuseum and Christian Lettmayr, Deputy Director of Cedefop. He received EUR 5 000 and his prize-winning work will be exhibited in Thessaloniki.

A winner of several awards in his career, Mr Cetinbostanoglu was born in Izmir, in 1954. He staged his first photo exhibition in 1973. He studied Political Sciences at Ankara University. He has made 22 personal exhibitions and has taken part in 20 group ones.

In 2014, when Thessaloniki is the Youth Capital of the European Union, the theme for the Cedefop / Photomuseum competition will be ‘Reinventing the present: original jobs’.

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