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Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest announces this year’s best young photographers

© Phandulwazi Jikelo

MOSCOW, August 7. Today the Rossiya Segodnya media group announced the winners and runners-up of the 2017 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The prizes in the Top News category will be awarded to photojournalists Phandulwazi Jikelo (South Africa) for his photo series entitled “Grabouw Housing Protest”, and Alejandro Martinez Velez (Spain) for his heart-wrenching series “Migrants in Belgrade.”

In the My Planet category, the winners are Serbian journalist Jelena Jankovic’s strikingly colorful and textured single photograph “Selfie Culture,” and the “Alternate Reality” series by Russian journalist Pavel Volkov, about a man who chose to live away from big cities.

Russia dominates the Sports category, with prizes awarded to young photojournalists from Moscow, Vladivostok and Veliky Novgorod. Konstantin Chalabov (Veliky Novgorod) is the first in the singles category with “Elegant Fan,” which captures a moment at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Alexei Filippov of Moscow won the prize for his “At Your Fingertips” series about victories and overcoming challenges in gymnastics, one of the most beautiful sports.

In the Portrait: A Hero of Our Time category, photojournalists from Russia and Italy took away the top prizes. Russia’s Valentin Yegorshin won in the singles category with “Face From the Past,” which addresses the topic of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution. The best series is Danilo Garcia Di Meo’s “What?” about a young Italian woman Ambra, her courage and strong will.

“The contest reaches further every year. This year, entries from 76 countries were submitted. The winning works prove again that young photojournalists respond very accurately to the most important and significant events in the lives of ordinary people, countries and the entire world. They always manage to find a succinct and poignant photographic image,” Alexander Shtol, Director of Rossiya Segodnya's Integrated Directorate of Photography, said.

Special prizes were established in three categories this year: Top News, My Planet and Portrait: A Hero of Our Time. The prize sponsors include major international media, such as Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), Al Mayadeen TV pan-Arabic media holding and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The media partners selected their own winners. In the Top News category, the ICRC awarded a special prize for humanitarian photography to single photograph “The European Dream” by Anna Pantelia (Greece) and the “Migrants in Belgrade” series by Alejandro Martinez Velez (Spain).  Within the My Planet category, the Shanghai United Media Group gave the prize to Anar Movsumov (Russia) for his “Theater Without Borders” single. Al Mayadeen TV gave a special prize to the “Silent Howl” series by Md Shahnewaz Khan (Bangladesh).


The full list of winners

All fotos WINNERS 2017


Top News. Single Image:   
1st  Place  — Phandulwazi Jikelo (South Africa, Cape Town) — Grabouw housing protes       
2nd Place — Kevin Midigo (Kenya, Nairobi) — Anti-IEBC protests        
3rd Place – Anna Pantelia (Greece, Athens) — The European Dream
Jury Honorable Mention  — Alexei Filoppov (Russia, Khimki) — Election night
Jury Honorable Mention  — Artur Lebedev (Russia, Sochi) — Search and rescue operation of the Russian Emergencies Ministry   

Top News. Series:
1st  Place  — Alejandro Martinez Velez (Spain, Madrid) — Migrants in Belgrade
2nd Place  — Gabriele Micalizzi (Italy, Pianello Val Tidone) — Dogma
3rd Place  — Kristina Kormilitsyna (Russia, Balashiha) — Fidel’s Black Square
Jury Honorable Mention  — Alexei Malgavko (Russia, Omsk) — Spring flooding
Jury Honorable Mention —  Alessandro Rota (Italy, Milan) — Mosul Operation, Iraq   

Sport. Single Image:   
1st  Place  — Konstantin Chalabov (Russia, Velikiy Novgorod) — Elegant Sports Fan
2nd Place  — Maria Plotnikova (Russia, Moscow) —  Night Skier  
3rd Place  — Alexei Filippov (Russia, Khimki) — Bronze Medal Penalties
Jury Honorable Mention  — Artur Lebedev (Russia, Sochi) — Before the Start
Sport. Series:
1st  Place  — Alexei Filippov (Russia, Khimki)  — At Your Fingertips
2nd Place  — Pavel Volkov (Russia, Moscow) —  Playing in the dark
3rd Place  — Yuriy Smityuk (Russia, Vladivostok) — Winter surfing on Russia’s Pacific Coast
Jury Honorable Mention  — Konstantin Chalabov (Russia, Velikiy Novgorod) — Relaxation phase

My Planet. Single Image:   
1st  Place  — Jelena Jankovic (Serbia, Belgrade) —  Selfie Culture     
2nd Place  — Kristina Kormilitsyna (Russia, Balashiha) — Rabbis    
3rd Place  — Victor J Blanco (Spain, Valladolid) — Cleansing Fire 
Jury Honorable Mention  — Anar Movsumov (Russia, Samara) — Theater Without Borders
Jury Honorable Mention  — Shashi Shekhar Kashyap (India, Mumbai) — Widow Holi

My Planet. Series:
1st  Place  Pavel Volkov (Russia, Moscow)  — Alternative reality
2nd Place  — Svetlana Tarasova (Russia, Kaluga) — Garden
3rd Place  — Svetlana Tarasova (Russia, Kaluga) — Faith. Love. Youth
Jury Honorable Mention  — Balazs Beli (Hungury, Ikreny) — Wakewedding
Jury Honorable Mention  — Stepan Rudik (Poland, Poznan) — Istanbul dummies

Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Single Image:  
1st  Place  — Valentin Egorshin (Russia, Saint Petersburg) — Face from the past
2nd Place  — Yiheng Cheng (China, Jinan) — Shutting a Christian Out of Church
3rd Place  — Miguel Candela (Spain, Alicante) — Light in the darkness
Jury Honorable Mention  — Tabyldy Kadyrbekov, (Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek) — Candy floss lady

Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Series:
1st  Place  Danilo Garcia Di Meo (Italy, Rome) — What?
2nd Place  — Maria Gelman (Russia, Saint Petersburg) — You belong to me         
3rd Place  — Md Shahnewaz Khan (Bangladesh, Chittagong)  — Silent Howl
Jury Honorable Mention  Sadegh Souri (Iran, Tehran) — Victims of smuggling
Jury Honorable Mention  — Alexei Malgavko (Russia, Omsk) — Aidar Koldashev’s walk to school
Jury Honorable Mention  — Pavel Volkov, (Russia, Moscow) — Spaceboy


Special prizes "For humanitarian photography"  by  International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):

Anna Pantelia (Greece, Athens) — The European Dream;

Alejandro Martinez Velez (Spain, Madrid) — Migrants in Belgrade


Special prize by  Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG):

Anar Movsumov (Russia, Samara) — Theater Without Borders


Special prize by Al Mayadeen TV:

Md Shahnewaz Khan (Bangladesh, Chittagong)  — Silent Howl


The  online vote winner:

Tabyldy Kadyrbekov, (Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek) — Candy floss lady


The awards ceremony and exhibit opening will take place at the Lumiere Brothers Gallery on September 7, 2017. The Grand Prix winner will not be revealed until then. The contest is organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

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.

In 2017, the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest received about 5,000 photos from 76 countries in four categories: Top News, Sports, My Planet, and Portrait: A Hero of Our Time.

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.