Turkish photographer Oğuzhan Ates sought to uncover Istanbul's hidden treasures, going beyond the iconic spots.
Seagulls and cats became integral elements, bringing an authentic and lesser-known charm to the frames.
"I extend my gratitude to Culturs and its global audience for this incredible opportunity," he says.
(Above photo: Sirkeci Station. RailTech.com says Istanbul is the destination most associated with the historic Orient Express.)
(Above photo: Fresh juice seller in Hagia Sofia Square.)
(Above photo: The German Fountain and the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, in snow.)
Istanbul is a city with a rich history and diverse culture, with one aspect of its charm being the presence of cats and dogs throughout the city.
Stray felines are a common sight in Istanbul, with estimates suggesting that around 125,000 live on the streets.
These furry felines have become a beloved part of the city’s culture and locals and visitors alike care for them.
Some cats even have dedicated caregivers who provide them with food, water and medical attention.
Dogs are also present in Istanbul, though not to the same extent.
Many dogs in Istanbul are strays, and locals often care for them too. As a result, there are also a growing number of animal welfare organizations and shelters that work to provide care and find homes for these dogs.