11 November 2008
Return to Europe: Istanbul film is "Turkey reportage of the year"
Award ceremony for the "Turkey reportage of the year". Nikolaus Wisiak (PRE TV), Anita Ericson (Reisemagazin), Chimena Novohradsky (PRE TV), Kristof Bender (ESI), Tahsin Yilmaz (Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy), Robin Gosejohann (ERSTE Stiftung), Zlata Durakovic (PRE TV), Gerald Knaus (ESI), Susanne Zita-Angst (Kronen Zeitung), Wilfried Seywald (Temmel, Seywald und Partner)
Award ceremony for the "Turkey reportage of the year". Nikolaus Wisiak (PRE TV), Anita Ericson (Reisemagazin), Chimena Novohradsky (PRE TV), Kristof Bender (ESI), Tahsin Yilmaz (Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy), Robin Gosejohann (ERSTE Stiftung), Zlata Durakovic (PRE TV), Gerald Knaus (ESI), Susanne Zita-Angst (Kronen Zeitung), Wilfried Seywald (Temmel, Seywald und Partner). Photo: Anna Rauchenberger

The TV documentary "Istanbul – Truth, fear and hope" has been awarded as "Turkey reportage of the year" by an expert jury of the Turkish information bureau in Vienna. The film is part of the ten part documentary "Balkan Express – Return to Europe" and has been chosen prize winner in the category TV and winner across all categories and countries among 2,700 contributions from all over Europe.

Tahsin Yilmaz, Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in Vienna, said that "the TV documentary shows the potential residing in this region, it portraits Turkey as a part of Europe. Everybody can see that Turkey's great diversity is not a threat but an opportunity for Europe."

"Return to Europe" is one of the most ambitious TV projects on South Eastern Europe produced in recent years. It is an initiative of ERSTE Stiftung and has been co-produced by pre tv, ORF and 3sat in cooperation with ESI.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com