epa Photographer Kerim Okten - Portrait photo by Aybige Mert

It is with grief and sadness to let you know that our colleague and former UK chief photographer Kerim Okten has died in a motorbike accident in Turkey 10 April 2014.

 

Kerim Okten was born in Istanbul. Kerim first worked for a national newspaper and magazines before joining epa in 1998, since when he has covered stories in Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, among others and has also participated in major international sporting events. In 2010, when he was chief photographer in Turkey, Kerim left Istanbul for London for his new role as UK chief photographer. Kerim returned to Turkey in December 2013.

 

For many within the epa family Kerim was a beloved friend, a brother and one of the finest. Words fail us to describe how much he will be missed.

 

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, his family, friends and colleagues.

 

Always in our thoughts,

 

Hannah Hess
Editor in Chief

 

 

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