Abbas Kowsari, former Tehran Times photographer, in World Press 2022 jury

TEHRAN – Former Tehran Times photographer Abbas Kowsari has been shortlisted for the Asia category jury of the 2022 World Press Photo Competition.

Kowsari is currently working as a senior photo editor for Shargh, a Persian daily based in Tehran. He also worked for Aftab Network magazine. His works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Iran and abroad.

Kowsari began his career in 1994 as a photojournalist for the Tehran Times, Iran’s leading English daily. He worked for many Iranian newspapers. His photographs have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Colors Magazine by Benetton Group, Time and The New York Times.

In Kowsari’s carefully observed and composed photographs, scenes from life in Iran take on a theatrical, almost epic presence.

In 2009, he was shortlisted for the Pictet Prize for “Shade of Earth”, his 2007 series which depicts visitors to the former front lines of the Iran-Iraq war. He was also a 2009 finalist for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize series, London.

The World Press Photo Contest jury for the Asia category also includes award-winning photographer Lam Yik Fei from Hong Kong, director of the Chobi Mela Tanzim Wahab International Photography Festival from Bangladesh and Saudi photographer Tasneem Alsultan. An anonymous photographer will also join the jury.

The annual press photography competition is organized by the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The winning works will be presented as part of the competition’s annual traveling exhibition around the world in more than 80 cities.

The works will also be published on the competition’s website and social platforms with more than 2 million followers.

The organizers will also award € 1,000 for each of the 24 regional winners and an additional € 5,000 for the four global winners.

Regional winners will be announced on March 24, 2022, while global winners will be announced on April 7. The flagship World Press Photo exhibition will open in Amsterdam on April 16.

Photo: Iranian photojournalist Abbas Kowsari in an undated photo of Mehdi Hassani.