MOSCOW, 9 February, Rossiya Segodnya press service – The world’s biggest independent humanitarian organisation, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will be a partner of the Top News category of the Stenin International Press Photo Contest. Under the agreement with the contest organiser, Rossiya Segonya, the ICRC will present two awards for the pictures that it will consider the best humanitarian photos.
‘Today we are living in a world where images are an integral part of our daily life. New technologies allow us to share information, including pictures, instantly across the globe. Working in zones of armed conflicts and helping people affected by them, we know how important it is to show the reality in which war victims live and the efforts made by those who try to alleviate their suffering. We have decided to support young photographers, many of whom are already working in dangerous zones, and to give special awards for Humanitarian Photography in order to reaffirm the importance of photography in the modern world and its huge role in making people think about humanitarian values and accept these values as their own,’ said Magne Barth, head of the ICRC Moscow Regional Delegation.
Entries for the contest may be submitted by young photojournalists aged between 18 and 34 at the stenincontest.com web site; the deadline for submitting is 22 March 2017. Pictures are accepted in the following categories: Top News, Sport, My Planet and Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. The contest is organised by the Rossiya Segondya international information agency under the auspices of Russia’s Commission for UNESCO.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is an independent and neutral organisation that provides humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflicts and other situations of violence all over the world. The ICRC also strives to prevent human suffering by promoting and upholding international humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest aims to support young photographers and to draw public attention to the challenges of photojournalism in today’s world. It is a platform for young photographers — talented, sensitive and open to all things new — who draw our attention to the people and events around us.
The 2016 contest received 6,000 entries of young photojournalists from 71 countries. Winning photos have been exhibited in Moscow, Istanbul, Cape Town, Shanghai, Beijing, Cairo, Berlin, Rome, Maribor and Ljubljana.
The contest’s 2017 international media partners include: Al Mayadeen TV, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) and ICRC.
General media partners of the contest include the news website Vesti.Ru, the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel, news website KP.ru, news website ZhurDom and the Russian Photo website. International media partners of the contest include Sputnik News Agency and Radio, Askanews news agency, Independent Media holding, Notimex news agency, RT TV channel and news site, The Royal Photographic Society, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), Xinhua news agency, ANDES news agency, news agency ANA and Al Mayadeen TV channel. Industry media partners include the Academy of Photography, GeoPhoto agency, Photo-study.ru educational portal, Bleek Magazine, the Union of Journalists of Moscow, the Union of Art Photographers of Russia, Young Journalists information portal and the festivals PhotoVisa and Uglich Photo Parade.