MOSCOW, February 21, Rossiya Segodnya press service. – The prize fund of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of Russia’s Commission for UNESCO, has been increased, thanks to international media partners: the pan-Arab information holding Al Mayadeen TV, the Shanghai United Media Group and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Thus, 2017 prize winners will receive over $15,000 (according to the Bank of Russia exchange rate on February 21), and the Grand Prix winner will receive around $8,000 (according to the Bank of Russia exchange rate on February 21).
The contest is open to participants between the ages of 18 and 34. Entries are accepted at stenincontest.com until March 22, 2017. The 2017 contest will include four categories in which young photographers can compete: Top News, Sports, My Planet and Portrait: A Hero of Our Time.
"We have decided to award a special prize for Humanitarian Photography in the Breaking News category to the authors of those pictures that highlight the need to assist the victims of conflicts and also the efforts of those trying to alleviate their suffering. Ensuring dignity of the depicted people will be one of the most important criteria for selection. For us as, an organization with more than 150 years of humanitarian action in the field, it is of utmost importance that the pictures of the victims of conflicts demonstrate resilience of those people and their ability to overcome hardships if there is support.", said Magne Barth, the Head of the ICRC Regional Delegation in the Russian Federation, Belarus and Moldova.
Salem Abdel Munem, head of the Al Mayadeen television network, previously said that “the winning photo must show that the human being is the supreme value, he is the master of this planet and must treasure it, its diversity and any form of life on Earth.”
President of Shanghai United Media Group said: “Shanghai United Media Group supports young people in the search for their perfect news, and hopes to see more extraordinary young photographers benefiting from such contacts and demonstrating their talent thanks to this project.”
About the contest
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 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.