Every year, the Islamic Countries Organization (ICO) is determined a city from the member countries as a "City of Tourism". Konya, one of the biggest cities of Turkey is selected as City of Tourism in 2016.
One of the activities organized by Konya Culture & Tourism Directorate and Tourism after the election of Konya as the tourism capital is "Islamic Countries Photographers Meeting".
Photographers from 30 different countries are invited to the organization. (Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda, Benin, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar, Bahrain, Iran, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Bangladesh, Thailand, Kuwait, Austria (FIAP Representative), Senegal, Turkmenistan, Turkey) were invited photographers.
Islamic Countries Photographers meeting organization is also supported by “The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), Herbert Geminer was invited as FIAP representative in the organization.
Photography exhibition of participants is opened at six different points of the city. Mevlâna Culture Center, Akşehir Culture Center, Shopping Malls and Sille Sanat Sarayı were full with images of photographers from their own countries.
During one week in Konya, photographers from different religions and races gathered for the first time to have a friendly time. The event, which greatly contributed to the art of photography and the promotion of Konya, was completed with enthusiasm.