MOSCOW, August 25 (Rossiya Segodnya press service) — The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, established by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, will launch an exhibition of its prizewinning entries at the Museum of Moscow (2 Zubovsky Boulevard) on September 2. On display will be over 200 works by young photographers from various parts of the world, depicting life in mega cities and provincial towns, religious and ethnic festivals, political events, sports victories and daily life. The exhibition will run through September 13, 2015.
The project is entitled “…So That You Know.” For Andrei Stenin, a well-known photojournalist who was killed in August 2014 while carrying out his professional duties, these words that he used to repeat constitute the essence of photojournalism, namely bringing truth to people. A separate section of the exhibition will feature Stenin’s own works: over 150 photographs he made in Ukraine, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Libya and Kyrgyzstan from 2010-2014. Supplemented by comments from his diaries and his posts on social networks, they are photo chronicles of life in “hot points.”
“The works displayed at the "… So That You Know" exhibition reveal an interesting photographic vision of the topics chosen by the photographers and the means of expression they used. We hope that next year the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, its main aim being to support young photographers in their bid to hone their professional mastership, will discover more and more new names,” Alexander Shtol, director of Rossiya Segodnya’s Photo Information Directorate, said about the upcoming exhibition.
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest
Rossiya Segodnya established the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest on December 22, 2014, to commemorate Andrei Stenin, its photojournalist who died in the line of duty in southeastern Ukraine on August 6, 2014. The contest is aimed at promoting photography, raising awareness about the purpose and challenges of photojournalism, and supporting young photographers.
About 5,000 entries from 54 countries, including Russia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia, were contributed for the first contest. The jury of leading Russian and foreign photo and art figures was headed by Jason Eskenazi, a renowned US photographer and Guggenheim Fellowship laureate. Those who selected the winners, included internationally renowned masters, among them Natalya Udartseva (Russia), the founder and director of the Visual Arts School; Andrei Polikanov (Russia), Visual Director of Takie Dela/So It Goes online media, Nuzhna Pomosch (Help Needed) Charity Foundation; Attila Durak (Turkey), co-founder and curator of the FotoIstanbul festival; Grigory Dukor (Russia), chief photographer, CIS, Reuters Limited Moscow Representative, and others.
The 2015 contest was supported by the Xinhua News Agency, the Royal Photographic Society, the Indonesian Press Photo Agency Antara Foto, RT, RBTH (Russia Beyond the Headlines), The Moscow International Centre for Journalism (MICJ), Tutto Digitale Magazine, the Academy of Photography, Vesti.ru online newspaper, Foto&Video magazine, Geophoto.ru agency jourdom.ru portal, Fototehnika portal, the Moscow Union of Journalists, photo-study.ru photography education web site, Russian Photo portal, School of Visual Arts, YOJO.ru web platform for young journalists and Foto.ru club.