Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023
Photo Competition Single Photo Category

Special Encouragement Award

Hot Water

Ahmet Fatih Sönmez



In eastern Turkey, the winter months are quite harsh. People living in villages come to the area where the hot water comes out to comfort their animals, clean and care for them. While doing this, they show their love for them.


Some places are very special and meaningful for photographers. The hot spring area in the Güroymak district of Bitlis province; where I took this photo, is one of the special areas for me. I am visiting this place since 2010 and since then with the same excitement every year this region has been calling for me. It was very valuable and meaningful for me to observe the human, animal and nature relationship in their natural habitats. As a result of all my efforts, with this photo, it was an honor and happiness to receive an award in a very important competition like Nikon. Lastly, I would like to thank the jury members who appreciated the award.