Buket Ozatay is a Turkish Cypriot photographer who was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. Since 1995 she has jointly run her late father’s photography business with her two brothers and is regarded as the first contemporary female photography entrepreneur in the history of Cyprus Turkish photography. Ozatay has produced and presented the TV program “Buket Ozatay and Photography Enthusiasts” for BRT TV in 2014-15 and also gives beginners photography and photoshop lessons at the Gonyeli Municipality Social Activities Centre,SAM.
Ozatay’s works include collages, abstract, creative, documentary, portrait, travel and street photography and have been widely published, some as cover pictures, in books, magazines, newspapers, catalogues and brochures or online. Her photographs have been exhibited in international competitions in more than 60 countries across five continents. Ozatay is also the first female Turkish Cypriot photographer to win award in photography in her home country and at international photography competitions. She has won more than 100 international awards. She is also the first Turkish Cypriot woman to win the EFIAP/b title from FIAP; the organisation which has consultative status at UNESCO thanks to her artistic works and contributions towards international events. Ozatay also participates in the judging of many photo competitions and presentations held in her home country and abroad.
She has been organizing a photo competition and exhibition since 2009 yearly in memory of her late journalist and photographer father. The Oztan Ozatay International Photo Competition and Exhibition is the most popular in Northern Cyprus, attracting record number of high quality photographers and the highest volume of entries.
• Anadolu University, Photography and Camera Operating, Turkey, 2016
• European Commission, Training Program, Brussels, Belgium, 2002
• Lefke European University, MBA , Cyprus,1998
• University of Kansas, Business Administration & Marketing BS, USA, 1994
2017 Mus Photography Art Association, Turkey
2017 Cyprus International University, Northern Cyprus
2016 Women Behind the Bars, St Hilarion Rotary Club, Northern Cyprus
2016 Women Behind the Bars, Gender & Power Festival Cyprus
2016 Kyrenia Photo Volunteers Association (GIFDER) Northern Cyprus
2016 Cyprus Art Photography Association, (KIFSAD) Northern Cyprus
2016 Photo Enchanted Friends Association (FODOS) Northern Cyprus
2016 FOTODOS Photography Association, Cyprus
2015 Near East University, (NEU) Northern Cyprus
2015 Kyrenia Photo Volunteers Association (GIFDER) Northern Cyprus
2015 Cyprus Turkish Photography Association, (FODER) Northern Cyprus
2015 Cyprus Art Photography Association, (KIFSAD) Northern Cyprus
2014 Cyprus Photographic Society, CYPRUS
2014 5th Art and Culture Week, Erenkoy High School, Northern CYPRUS
2014 Mexico-Guatemala Photo Presentation, Cyprus Photographic Society, CYPRUS
2014 Cyprus Art Photography Association, (KIFSAD) Northern Cyprus
2014 Cyprus Turkish Photography Association, (FODER) Northern Cyprus
2013 Cyprus Art Photography Association (KIFSAD) Northern Cyprus
REFERENCE: Buket Özatay Biography (buketozatay.com, 02.09.2018).