'Grandpa Ali and his cat' Photo of the Year

'Grandpa Ali and his cat' Photo of the Year

Grandpa Ali and his cat Photo of the Year

Anadolu Agency on Jan. 1 announced the winners of Photos of the Year awards in voting that marks the essential events of 2018. 

A total of 223,000 people voted in news, life and sports categories to select the winners among 49 images selected from over 700,000 photographs shot in different parts of the world. 

Photos are selected across three categories from Anadolu Agency photojournalists or correspondents who have had an impact on the Turkish and world agendas. 

In the news category, Özkan Bilgin’s “Mehmetçik’s First Iftar,” which features Turkish soldiers holding the first fast-breaking meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, won the voting. 

İlhami Çetin’s “Grandpa Ali and his cat,” which features 83-year-old Ali Meşe clutching onto his kitten after a fire burned down their house in western Turkey, is the winner of the life category. 

Burak Akbulut’s “Sultans of Karate,” which shows Rabia Kusmus and Dilara Eltemur of Turkey competing against the Russian team during bronze medal competition at the 24th World Karate Championships in Madrid, Spain, won the sports category.