By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….
An exhibition of 190 photos by 60 photographers, covering various aspects of the national struggle of Turkish Cypriots, has recently been opened at the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum of Near East University.
The exhibition was opened by the Prime Minister, Mr. Tufan Erhürman.
The Cyprus Turkish National History Museum, is one of the institutions of the Near East University Educational Foundation.
According to the information provided by the Press department of the university, besides the chief guest Erhürman, Mr. Kadir Akçeşme , Dr. Suat Günsel, the Rector of the university were among the prominent personalities at the opening ceremony. A large number of photographers and general public were also present on the occasion, where awards and prizes were also distributed to the photographers.
The awards were given by Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman. Elif Nihal Yazıcı received the first prize, Veysi Canateş won the second and Ayşe Kocaismail won the third prize.
In addition to the winners’ prizes, the jury’s Special Award was presented to Selim Doğan by the Republic of Turkey Embassy in Nicosia Representative Kadir Akçeşme, the Honorable Mention awards were given to Huseyin Aşkaroğlu, Kemal Atay and Ayse Gökyiğit.
In the category of photographs taken during the national struggle years, certificates of honour were presented to the artists who contributed to this category.
Mehmet Şık, Osman Rekor, Mehmet Yıltay, Anders Arvidsson, Mehmet Amca, Yusuf Özkum, Halil Irkım, Biray Canateş, Cevdet Koççatlı, Rıfat Şık, Oktay Öksüzoğlu, Ersin Taşer and İlkay Salihoğlu received the certificate of honour.
In the category of photographs taken at the places where the national struggle took place, Halil Irkım, Gülnur Tokyay, Ramadan Gümüşok, Eralp Adanır, Şükrü Tolgalı, Ayla Atay, Tevfik Ulual, Gürem Bulunç and İlker Gelişen were given a certificate of appreciation. In addition, a plaque was presented to the members of the Selection Committee. The exhibition will be open to visitors for a month.
After the presentation of awards and plaques, the ribbon for the opening of the exhibition was cut and the exhibition was visited.