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Dilek Uyar

F. Dilek Yurdakul

F. Dilek Yurdakul was born in Çanakkale. After completing her primary and secondary education in this city, she entered Gazi University, Faculty of Law in Ankara Turkey. When she graduated, she started her master's degree in Labor and Social Security Law at the same university. She is still a lawyer in a company in Ankara. She also lectures in photography classes at universities in Ankara.


For 7 years she has been spending most of her time on photography. She likes taking travel, street, and documentary photos. She likes telling stories of people she meets during her travels as well as cities with her photos. For 6 years she has been working on social responsibility projects and trying to photograph socially important issues.

As a woman photographer, lawyer, and mother from Turkey, she made many speeches at Universities, Photograph Associations, and as a TEDx Speaker, she touched on the significance of being a woman and saying yes to change. She also takes part in social awareness projects.

Her biggest aim is to increase social awareness and recognition of her stories and continue inspiring young women in her country.


She joined many international and national exhibitions and won over 200 awards. She is still a contributor photographer for National Geographic YS and National Geographic Turkey. 



Exhibitions & Festivals

2018- "Clean Water Here" Global Photography Exhibition with UNESCO and UN / Paris-FRANCE

2018 - Travel Photographer Society Exhibition / South Australia and Kuala Lumpur-MALAYSIA


2018 - Best Of Show Exhibition /  New York-USA, Bangkok-THAILAND, Los Angeles-USA 

2019 - Woman Street Photographers Exhibition / New York-USA

2019- 2020 Annual PX3 & State of the World Exhibition / Paris-FRANCE

2020 - Treviso Photographic Festival / ITALY

2020 - Best Of Show Exhibition /  Castilla y Leon-SPAIN

​2021 - Xposure Photography Festival / UAE

2021- Mediterranean House Of Photography Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition / SPAIN

2021- Exhibition At The Royal Photographic Society / UK

2021 - International Exhibition Of 5 In Shirin Art Gallery As A Special Guest Artist / Tehran-IRAN

2021 - The State Of World Exhibition / Paris-FRANCE

2021 - SWPA Exhibition At Galerie JOSEPH / Paris-FRANCE

2021 - SWPA Exhibition Willy-Brandt-Haus / Berlin-GERMANY

2021 - Fotofestival Lenzburg / Lenzburg-SWITZERLAND

2021 - WOMEN STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS Exhibition At The National Museum Of Anthropology /                 Villahermosa Tabasco-MEXICO

2022 - The ‘Changing Asia - New Normal’ photography Exhibition / BANGKOK, HONG KONG, and       CHINA

And also many competition exhibitions all around the world.

NFT Exhibitions

2022- London NFT Exhibition

2022- New York NFT Exhibition

2022- Banglore NFT Exhibition

2022- Miami ArtBasel NFT Exhibition

Jury Memberships

2019- Jury Member of the National Photography Contest of Ministry of Family and Social Services / TURKEY

2021- Jury Member of National Geographic UK Travel Photo Competition

2021- Jury Member of TDM Magazine International Photography Contest

          (with Vineet VOHRA) 

2021- Jury Member of KAAF International Photography Contest

          (with Gulnara SAMOILOVA) 

2021- Jury Member of National Geographic Turkey Photography Contest

2021- Jury Member of International Romania Now Photography Contest

2021- Jury Member of Hacı Bayram Veli University National Photography Contest

2022- Jury Member Of Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB)

2022- Jury Member of Borcka Municipality National Photography Contest

2022- Jury Member Of Karabük University National Photography Contest

2022- Jury Member of Cankaya University National Photography Contest

2022- Jury Member Of 7th 35 Awards International Photography Contest

2022- Jury Member of the KAAF International Photography Contest

2022- Jury Member of State Photo Contest

2023- Jury Member of Eyeshot Open Call International Photo Contest  ( with Trent Parke, Emin Ozmen, etc)

And also many other jury memberships in many international and national photography competitions.

Some of Grants & Awards 

2017 - National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Winner

2017 - Sony Word Photography Awards, Commended Photographer and

           2nd Place in National Category

2018 - Travel Photographer Society, Black and White Category Winner

2018 - IPA Event Photographer of Year

2018 - IPA 1st Winner Place Traditions and Culture

2018 - IPA Honorable Mention People, Other

2018 - IPA Honorable Mention Special, Travel/Tourism

2019 - SIPA "Documentary & Photojournalism" Honorable Mention

2019 - SIPA 3rd place Wînner in Journeys and Travel

2020 - MIFA Sub Category Winner

2020 - MIFA 2nd Place Winner in Advertising Category

2020 - Sony Word Photography Awards National Category Winner

2020 - 35 Awards Best Covid Photo Award Winner

2020 - 35 Awards Best Covid Photographer Award Winner

2020 - RISE International Documentary Photographer of the Year Winner

2020- Monovision  Travel Photo of the Year

2020- Monovision 3rd place in Street Photography

2020- Chromatic Awards  1st Place Winner in Photojournalism

2020 - IPA Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year Winner

2020 - IPA 1st Place Winner in Deeper Perspective

2020 - IPA 1st Place Winner in Editorial/Press 

2020 - IPA 2nd Place Winner in Editorial /Press 

2020 - 2021 TAPSA Winner

2020 - IPA DISCOVERY of the YEAR Winner

2020 - 6th 35 Awards

Best Reportage Photographer Of The Year

2021 -  Sony Word Photography Awards Open Competition

Category Winner

2021 - Sony Word Photography Awards Alfa Female Award Nominee

2021- 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards

1st Place in The Documentary & Reportage Category

2021- HIPA Humanity-Tenth Season 2020-2021 Portfolio (Story Telling) 3rd Place Winner

2022 - New York Photography Awards Category Winner

2022 - New York Photography Awards Gold Medal Winner (in two different categories)

2023 - 35 Awards Best Of Contest Winner

2023 - IPA Jury Top5 Selection

2023 - TPOTY Travel Photographer Of The Year Winner (in five different categories)

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