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Azeri Service Correspondent Wins Photography Award

Detained Baku Protester

Detained Baku Protester

A correspondent for RFE’s Azeri Service has won the 2010 Transitions Online Photo Competition. Baku-based Abbas Atilay was awarded the honor for a photograph taken during last summer’s opposition protests in Baku calling for free parliamentary elections. The image (above) captures the palpable apprehension of a protestor as he is detained by authorities.

The photo won in the ‘Politics and Democracy’ category in addition to winning overall. Other categories in the contest included ‘Everyday Life,’ ‘Education,’ and ‘Industry and Economy.’

Transitions Online is a non-profit media advocacy and reform organization dedicated to strengthening “professionalism, independence, and impact” of the news media in former Soviet bloc states. This is the second year the contest has been held.

Congratulations to Abbas and to the Azeri Service!