Bulent Kilic

Country: Turkey 🇹🇷

Turkish-Kurdish photographer Bülent Kiliç is Born in 1980, began his journalism career with the local Turkish press. In 2003 he became a news photographer, joining AFP as a stringer two years later. He is now based in Istanbul, where he is responsible for photo coverage of Turkey for AFP, with a preference for social issues, human rights or cultural and historical stories. For example, he went to mountainous areas of Van to follow a team of doctors administering vaccines to rural families, covered the numerous troubles happening at the border with Syria or was there for the coup attempt in 2016 in Turkey. He also went a lot overseas, like Syria, Irak, Greece or Ukraine.

Kilic has won two World Press Photo awards, once in 2015 and again in 2016. Later in 2018 he was a jury member of World Press Photo 2018 awards, in Amsterdam. Kiliç’s coverages in Ukraine, Turkey and Syria have won numerous prizes, including Visa d’Or, the World Press Photo Award, the Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondents Prize, the National Press Photographers Association Award (NPPA) and the Overseas Press Club Award. His job was nominated for the Pulitzer Prices in 2015. Kiliç was named best news agency photographer of 2014 by Time Magazine and The Guardian.