MOSCOW, July 12, Rossiya Segodnya Press Service. It is less than a week until the online poll to determine the winner of this year’s Andrei Stenin Contest closes. The press photo contest was organized by the Rossiya Segodnya media group under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. Online users can cast their votes from the contest website stenincontest.ru until 11:59 pm Moscow time on July 18. To vote, users must be signed up to Vkontakte, Facebook, Twitter or the Chinese microblogging website Weibo. The creator of the most popular photo will receive a certificate. Winners will be selected by the professional jury and will be announced on August 7 2017. The jury is made up of experts of the Russian and international photography and art communities and is headed by Stern Director of Photography Andreas Trampe.
In 2016, internet users voted for Egyptian photojournalist Gehad Hamdy’s ‘The Knights’ in the Sports category. It has been a month and a half since voting began in late May and it has become obvious that online users prefer vivid colors and unusual angles. In 2017, the Andrei Stenin Contest received around 5,000 entries from 76 countries in four categories, including Top News, Sport, My Planet, and Portrait: A Hero of Our Time. Only shortlisted photos are eligible for the online poll.
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 2016 contest received 6,000 entries of young photojournalists from 71 countries. Winning photographs have been exhibited in Moscow, Istanbul, Cape Town, Shanghai, Beijing, Cairo, Berlin, Rome, Maribor and Ljubljana.
The contest’s 2017 international 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.