Young photographers around the world choose to tell the story about their country
MOSCOW, February 10 (Rossiya Segodnya press service) – Over 500 photos have been sent to the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest, which Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency is organizing under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. Since the start applications opened on December 22, 2015, the number of participating countries has reached 20, including France, Switzerland, Brazil, India, Finland, Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Russia, Kazakhstan and others. By far the most photographs have been submitted under the category My Country – as it has been through representations of their respective countries that participants have tried to visualize “À Path to Global Understanding”, the theme of the 2016 edition of the contest. Young photographers capture the essence of their country through the beauty of its wildlife, cityscapes, village scenes and the faces of its inhabitants, as well as through snapshots of difficult life situations people find themselves in. Entries may be submitted online through the site stenincontest.com until March 22, 2016. The awards ceremony and the opening of the corresponding photo exhibition is scheduled to take place on August 30, 2016, in Moscow.
The contest is open to participants aged 18 to 33. It aims to promote young photographers and support them in their strive for professional perfection. Entries will be accepted in five categories: My Country, World Colors. Harmony of Life, Portraits: A Hero of Our Time, Breaking News and Sports.
Three winners will be announced in each category and a special prize — the 500,000-ruble Grand Prix — will be awarded for the overall best entry.
The jury comprises leading figures from both Russian and international photo community, including Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow House of Photography) Founder and Director Olga Sviblova, who is a member of the Russian Academy of Arts; Denis Paquin, Associated Press’ deputy director of photography; Zheng Wei, vice director of the Photographic News Department of China’s Xinhua News Agency; and Aldo Mendichi, an Italian photographer and organizer of educational courses and seminars, among others.
Background to the Contest
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest aims to promote young photographers and attract public attention to photojournalism and its mission. It is Russia’s only platform to discover new photojournalists and develop high standards for documentary photography in Russia and the world.
In 2015, about 5,000 entries from 54 countries were submitted for the first contest. Its geographical base spanned four continents, including countries of Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. Russian participants were widely represented – from Moscow to St. Petersburg and from Vladivostok to Nakhodka. The awards ceremony took place in Moscow and the winning entries were presented to the public at exhibitions and festival venues inside and outside Russia.
The 2016 contest is supported by major Russian and international media outlets, news agencies and photo societies. Its general information sponsors are: The Rossiya K TV Channel (Russia Culture), KP.ru, the news and information portal jourdom.ru portal and the Russian Photo portal. The contest’s international information partners are: the Askanews news agency, EFE news agency, Notimex news agency, RT TV network and portal, The Royal Photographic Society, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), Independent Media, and the Russia Beyond The Headlines portal. The contest’s professional information partners are: the Academy of Photography, the agency Geophoto.ru , the photography educational website photo-study.ru, the Moscow Union of Journalists, the Union of Student and Youth Media, the portal Young Journalists and the Uglich Photo Parade festival.