Syrian Childs playing at the Goldenhorn

Companynisan fotograf
Photographermustafa turgt
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The children of the Syrian immigrants are enjoying the sea under the metro bridge that connects the two sides of the Golden Horn.


The southern half of the Golden Horn is where low-income Turks live. This area is very close to the sea, so it is very overwhelming due to humidity and warmth in summer months. So in the summer months, people living in this region often spend their time on the Golden Horn shores. Some of the Syrian immigrants who come to Turkey illegally live in this region. Because this region has many buildings abandoned from carelessness. Syrian immigrants have been sheltered by those who live in these abandoned buildings paying small rents. Haliç has a high amount of pollution due to industrial wastes in the past and house wastes in the past. For more than 20 years, the municipality is struggling to clear the Golden Horn from these wastes. But city waters that come in rains cause pollution again. It is not possible to swim in this region which is quite clean and beaches 40-50 years ago. Part of the Istanbul maritime traffic is the exit point of this region is full of massive tiny public transport. It is prohibited and dangerous to swim in this area due to pollution and boat traffic. But the children living in the region continue to swim without care. Children do not care about this dangerous situation. In the hot summer months it seems that they play in this dirty and dangerous sea, the only source of entertainment for these children, and that the swimmers do not care much about their families. The childs in the photos are Syrian immigrants. They do not speak Turkish, we communicate with sign language.

About Photographer

The photographic life began with an old style alaminut photographic master at a very early age. The master was working on a box-type camera with a dark room on a wooden tripod. As he comes from a photographer family, his photography training continued in his father’s studio. He graduated from the Marketing Department at Uludağ University in 1987 and the Art of Photography Department at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University in 1991. While studying, he made photo reportages for newspapers and magazines, worked as a freelancer and participated in various group exhibitions. He focused on advertisement, fashion photography, wedding and special day photography in his own studio named “inplato” that he founded in 1998 in İstanbul. He conducted Photography and Marketing Communications course in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Art of Photography Department during 2008 and 2010. Between 2009 and 2011 he instructed on Advertising Photography course in Işık University’s Graphic Arts and Graphic Design Department. About the end of 2010, he wrote the manifest and led the establishment of Association of Professional Photographers (FMK) that was established to focus on solving the problems of photography industry and its workers. Between 2010 and 2013 he worked as FMK President. He is still a member of FMK Inspectorate. In 2013 his instruction book on “Wedding Photography” was published by Say Publishing; in 2014 Architecture and “Architectural and Real Estate Photography” was published by Inplato Photo Library . As the founder and director of inplato studios, Mustafa Turgut continues to organise training sessions about all areas of photography for amateurs, advanced amateurs and professionals. He also gives technical and artistic advise to institutions and he still shoots photos.