Lonely Planet Writer

In pictures: cats of the world gather in Istanbul for World Cat Show

The world’s most beautiful cats gathered in Istanbul, Turkey this weekend for the annual World Cat Show. Organised by the World Cat Federation, consisting of more than 540 clubs throughout the world, covering all continents including the United States.

A Persian cat at the world cat show
A Persian cat at the world cat show Image by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
A cat is pictured next to trophies during the world cat show contest
A cat is pictured next to trophies during the world cat show contest Image by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
A man holds his cat before present it to the jury
A man holds his cat before he presents it to the jury.  Image by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
A woman poses with her cat before present it to the jury
A cat dressed as a bride, attends the World Cat Show in Istanbul.  Image by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
People wait in line for the jury to vet their cats at the contest.
People wait in line for the jury to vet their cats at the contest. Image by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
A sphynx breed cat at the content organised by World Cat Federation (WCF)
A sphynx breed cat at the content organised by World Cat Federation (WCF) Image by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
An exotic shorthair cat waits his turn at the a world cat show
An exotic shorthair cat waits his turn at the a world cat show Image by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images