MOSCOW, September 7, Rossiya Segodnya press-office, – The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the aegis of the Commission of Russia for UNESCO, has announced the winner of the 2017 competition of the best young photographers. The Grand Prix, together with first place in the Top News category, went to Alejandro Martinez Velez from Spain. He was awarded for his Migrants in Belgrade series, a piercing story of people with a lost future. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) gave the young Spaniard a special prize for humanitarian photography for his series that throws one off balance with its combination of the out-of-this-world despair and the mundanity of what is happening in the pictures.
Along with the Spanish photojournalist, young photographers from other countries were awarded high prizes, including a journalist from South Africa, Phandulwazi Jikelo, for his Grabouw Housing Protest (Top News, single photograph, 1st place); Jelena Jankovic from Serbia, whose elegant Selfie Culture photo charmed the jury (My Planet, single photograph, 1st place); Danilo Garcia Di Meo from Italy with a series of photographs called What? telling the story of young Italian woman Ambre’s courage and will to live (Portrait: A Hero of Our Time, series, 1st place); and Russian photographer Valentin Yegorshin with a photograph entitled Face From the Past (Portrait: A Hero of Our Time, single photograph, 1st place).
Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev said at the award ceremony and opening of the winners’ photo exhibition at the Lumiere Brothers Gallery in Moscow: “Today is an important day for us. Every year, in the first days of the fall, we remember our comrade, Rossiya Segodnya’s photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who was killed while on an editorial assignment in Ukraine. This contest for young photographers was named after Andrei in his memory. Today, the contest that carries Andrei’s name brings together photo reporters from across the world, who shed light on issues they believe to be important, drawing inspiration from Andrei’s work as a paragon of truth.”
This year the prize fund of the contest grew thanks to special contributions from leading international media – the Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) and the Al Mayadeen TV channel – as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations. Out of a few hundred works, they selected a single photograph by Anna Pantelia from Greece entitled The European Dream, and the Migrants in Belgrade photo series by Alejandro Martinez Velez (Spain) in the Top News category (ICRC special prize for humanitarian photography); Theater Without Borders, a single photo by Anar Movsumov from Russia, in the My Planet category (SUMG special prize); and the Silent Howl series by Md Shahnewaz Khan from Bangladesh in the Portrait: A Hero of Our Time category (Al Mayadeen TV special prize).
On show at the Lumiere Brothers Gallery are more than 200 works of the best young photojournalists depicting fragments of ordinary people’s lives, landmark events in big cities and countries, sport moments and colorful ethnic fests.
Sports is one of the highlights of the 2017 display and a lucky category for entrants from Russia – all prizes in the Sports category went to Russian photographers. Among the most striking photos is the Elegant Fan by Konstantin Chalabov from Novgorod who captured a man at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a fit of sporting excitement, and the At Your Fingertips photo series about victories and trials in one of the most beautiful sports ‒ gymnastics ‒ by Alexei Filippov from Moscow.
The exhibition will run until September 17. It is free and is open to the public during the museum’s opening hours. After Moscow, the exhibition will tour Russian regions and the world.
Full information about the winners and their works can be found on the Winners 2017 page at stenincontest.com.
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.
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.