CAPE TOWN, November 7, Rossiya Segodnya press service – An exhibition of the world's best young photographers has opened in Cape Town. The exhibition is part of the international tour of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest organized by the Rossiya Segodnya media group under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. The works will be on display at Eclectica Contemporary (69 Burg Street) in Cape Town until November 12, with free entry. The second South African venue for the exhibition will be the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg on November 15.
The exhibition photos in Cape Town will include 50 works depicting moments of people’s lives and key events in big cities and countries. The photos dramatically capture sports moments and portray colorful ethnic festivities. The most conspicuous shots include photos by Phandulwazi Jikelo* (South Africa) and Kevin Midigo** (Kenya), which feature political events of both countries.
- Guest at the opening of the exhibition of the Andrei Stenin Contest at Eclectica Contemporary art gallery in Cape Town.
- Russia’s Consul General in Cape Town Roman Ambarov at the opening of the exhibition of the winners of the Andrei Stenin Сjntest at the Eclectica Contemporary
- Winner of the 2017 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest Phandulwazi Jikelo
- Jury member Ian Landsberg (second from right) at the opening of the exhibition at Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town.
Head of the Rossiya Segodnya photo service Alexander Shtol: “Winners of the Stenin Contest are top class professionals, and I hope our contest will become a springboard for them in their profession and will help discover many new names in the world of photography in the future. I hope we will receive plenty of applications from young photographers in South Africa and other African countries, and possibly see them among the winners in 2018. I am sure that together with exhibition organizers, we are supporting young talented beginners in modern photojournalism, and bringing our countries closer together.”
Winner of the 2017 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest Phandulwazi Jikelo: “The Stenin Contest meant a lot to me. To have an opportunity to enter international competition and be a winner in one of the categories was a highlight of my career. To be the first African to win this competition, just changed my life. It is something I have never thought of. What I appreciated more is the exposure it gives to young photographers. I hope I grows even bigger from here. ”
Russia’s Consul General in Cape Town Roman Ambarov: “Modern technologies make it possible for us to take millions of photos daily; however, this is not enough to become a photojournalist. Representatives of this profession do not only have talent and work hard, but are also brave and selfless – this is what Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin was like, and hence the annual contest of Rossiya Segodnya is named after him.
Ambarov also emphasized that the Stenin Contest based on unbiased journalism principles playes an important role in the global media network. “We hope that the photo contest and exhibitions of the winners’ works will help endorse honest and unbiased event coverage and push out unverified and misinforming publications,” he said.
Shamiela Tyer, owner of Eclectica Contemporary: “Eclectica Contemporary and Eclectica Print Gallery are honoured once again to host the 3rd Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Context Exhibition. We view this as an opportunity to revive an art form that has long been excluded from the Fine Art realm and hope to assist in rejuvenating interest in Photo-journalism and perhaps Photography as a whole. ”
* 1st place, Top News, Single
** 2nd place, Top News. Single
The exhibition is part of an international tour launched in early September in Moscow. The goal of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest is to support young photographers and raise public awareness of modern photography and its purpose. The competition gives an opportunity to talented, sensitive and open-minded photographers to draw public attention to the events around us. The contest is organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO.
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.