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Acclaimed Turkish photoreporter dies after lightning hits his bike
Hrriyet ^ | Rıza ZEL

Posted on 04/10/2014 7:56:00 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Kerim Ökten, one of Turkey’s most talented photoreporters, died April 10 after being involved in a road accident caused by lightning while riding his motorbike in the northwestern province of Çanakkale.

The award-winning photographer, who was working for EPA, was transferred to a hospital in Ezine following the accident, but succumbed to his injuries despite all medical efforts.

Ökten was traveling to Bozcaada off of the Çanakkale coast to join his wife, Aybüke Ökten.

Tributes poured in for the 42-year-old from his colleagues, who described him as one of the most talented and one of the last photoreporters of his generation.

Many of the pictures he took during last year’s Gezi protests were selected as among the year’s best photographs. Ökten had also worked between 2011 and 2013 as the EPA photo reporter responsible for Britain.

Ökten had also recently sat on the jury of the World Press Photo in the sports category.

“The reason why there is not enough respect given to photo reporters is publishing outlets. Photographs are indispensable for the pages, but acknowledging the person who took the picture [is frowned upon],” Ökten told Hürriyet in a recent interview.

“Because photographs are so important, it is absolutely impossible to understand why photoreporters receive second class treatment,” he said.


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1 posted on 04/10/2014 7:56:01 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Better to be a poor conductor....


2 posted on 04/10/2014 7:57:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Riiiiiiight. More likely, he pi$$ed off the powers that be.


3 posted on 04/10/2014 7:59:43 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

He shouldn’t have been listening to Lou Christie during a storm.


4 posted on 04/10/2014 8:00:26 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

In before all the usual hilarious and oh so original comments like “murdercycle” and “organ donor”.


5 posted on 04/10/2014 8:02:06 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

My favorite Turkish (Cypriot) photographer is: https://www.facebook.com/people/Buket-%C3%96zatay/637739523 She could be a lousy photographer, and she would still be my favorite Turkish photographer.


6 posted on 04/10/2014 8:07:07 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Getting hit by lightning is almost Biblical.


7 posted on 04/10/2014 8:10:55 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: DeaconBenjamin
RRRRAAAATTFFAAAAAAAARRRRTTS!


8 posted on 04/10/2014 8:14:44 PM PDT by sayfer bullets (“I didn’t leave the [---] party, the [---] party left me.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The award-winning photographer, who was working for EPA,.....

Probably doing climate change stories.

9 posted on 04/10/2014 8:19:03 PM PDT by umgud
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Act of God


10 posted on 04/10/2014 9:26:52 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

In after the zot


11 posted on 04/10/2014 9:35:38 PM PDT by Gil4 (And the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, ax and saw)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

IATZ.


12 posted on 04/10/2014 9:39:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Shocking.


13 posted on 04/10/2014 10:26:16 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"Acclaimed Turkish photoreporter dies after lightning hits his bike"


14 posted on 04/11/2014 7:50:50 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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