Cyprus Galleries

Buket Ozatay

Buket Ozatay (EFIAP, RISF3, MICS, MUSPA), was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and studied business management and marketing in the United States of America before completing her MBA degree in Cyprus. She is currently studying for an associate degree in Photography and Filmmaking.

Since 1995, she has jointly run her family company Ozatay Photography and is regarded as the first contemporary female photography entrepreneur in the history of the Cyprus Turkish photography. Buket Ozatay gives photography and photoshop lessons to beginners at Ganyeli Municipality Social Activities Centre.

Ozatay's works include abstract, creative, portrait, travel, street and documentary photography and have been widely published. Her photographs have been exhibited in international exhibitions in 56 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 held by PSA and FIAP. She has won many national and international awards. She has been organizing a photography competition and exhibition since 2009 in memory of her late journalist and photographer father. The Oztan Ozatay Photography Competition and Exhibition is the most popular in Northern Cyprus, attracting record numbers of high quality photographers and the highest volume of entries.

In 2014 she opened the Exotic Morocco Exhibition in South and North Nicosia. In 2015 she opened her first solo Exhibition The Sky Walks With Me in North and South Nicosia. Her exhibition focused on the North Nicosia Central Prison Women's Ward. This exhibition is the first documentary photography work on prisons in Cyprus. Her series from this project Behind the Bars has won awards in Italy, Spain and Bulgaria. Also a single photo from this work has won awards in Serbia and Greece. The series Behind the Bars has been exhibited at the 6th Rendez-vous Image Exhibition 2016 in Strasbourg, France. She has become finalist in the 8th Pollux Awards with three artworks from Behind The Bars and has been invited to exhibit in the 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Gala Awards in Berlin 2016.

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