Kerim Okten was born in Istanbul on 20 November 1972. He first worked for national newspapers and magazines before joining epa in 1998. He covered stories in Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, among others and regularly 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. In February 2014 he was chair of the World Press Photo Contest sports category.
On 10 April 2014, Kerim died in a tragic road accident. We have lost a great friend and esteemed colleague. For many within the epa family Kerim was a beloved friend, a brother and one of the finest.
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