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Azeri Correspondent Honored In Photography Competition

Azerbaijan -- "Helplessness" by Abbas Atilay, Baku, undated

Azerbaijan -- "Helplessness" by Abbas Atilay, Baku, undated

The Azerbaijani Service's Abbas Atilay has been honored in a photography competition.

Baku-based photographer and correspondent for RFE’s Azerbaijani Service, Abbas Atilay, was recently featured as a finalist and runner-up in the 2011 International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Photography Contest.

Now in its third year, the annual IFES contest highlights images depicting civic engagement and political activism in the pursuit of democracy. Atilay, who also won the 2010 Transitions Online Photo Competition, was honored for two photographs taken during the Summer 2010 opposition protests in Baku. Both images placed in the top ten list, which was culled from 500 original submissions.

Congratulations to Abbas and the Azerbaijani Service. View the winners and runners-up here.