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Stenin Contest prizewinner Receives International Photographer of the Year award

© Владимир Астапкович

MOSCOW, September 29 (Rossiya Segodnya Press Service) – Two prizewinners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest have been awarded prizes  at the International Photography Awards (IPA) competition.
Anton Unitsyn won the IPA International Photographer of the Year Award for a series of photographs entitled ‘The city with a great past and a quiet present’ about Solvychegodsk and its people, who love their town and see only the best in it.
Rossiya Segodnya photographer Vladimir Astapkovich won the top award in the Sports category for a series of photographs titled ‘Zero Gravity’, which he made at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.
The International Photography Awards is an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale.

Background to the Contest
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest aims to promote young photographers and attract public attention to photojournalism and its mission. It is Russia’s only platform to discover new photojournalists and develop high standards for documentary photography in Russia and the world.  In 2016, about 6000 entries by young photojournalists from 71 countries, including Russia, have been submitted to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest
The contest covers five continents, stretching from Europe and North and South America to Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  Russian participants are drawn from all corners of the country – from Kaliningrad, Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok and Yalta.
The 2016 contest is supported by major Russian and international media outlets, news agencies and photo societies. Its general information sponsors are: The Rossiya K TV Channel (Russia Culture), KP.ru, the  news and information portal jourdom.ru portal and the Russian Photo portal. The contest's international information partners are: the Askanews news agency, EFE news agency, EBC, Notimex news agency, RT TV network and portal, The Royal Photographic Society, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), Xinhua news agency,  Independent Media, ANTARA Foto press photo agency. The contest's professional information partners are: the Academy of Photography, the agency Geophoto.ru , the photography educational website photo-study.ru, the Moscow Union of Journalists, the Union of Student and Youth Media,  the portal Young Journalists and the Uglich Photo Parade festival.