BERLIN, November 23, Rossiya Segodnya press service. – Photos by the winners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest are on show at the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin. The exhibition tells about life in the permafrost zone, the power to overcome in sport, ethnic holidays and the daily routine of young cadets. It will be open until mid-January 2017 at 176-179 Friedrichstrasse (free entrance).
“The exhibition’s journey to Berlin is the 10th stop on the international tour of the contest’s winning entries, which proved to be very popular among the Russian and international photo communities. This year, we received 6,000 entries from 71 countries on five continents, which is a record in terms of quality of photos and the makeup of entrants,” Oksana Oleinik, head of the Photo Projects Desk at Rossiya Segodnya, said at the opening ceremony.
Jury, longtime Director of Photography at German GEO magazine Ruth Eichhorn: “It is with joy I remember the time in this prestigious jury. It is always interesting to discuss issues with other professionals in the field who come from different cultures and speak different languages. But what we were all looking at – the photographs – were clearly understood to everybody. Photography is a supranational language that is understood around the globe and will be even more important in the future. Therefore, when you look at the images of this exhibition, take your time. Try to read them and do not immediately look at the caption to understand. Remember that you are not looking at pictures, but you are looking at real life, and what is more interesting than reality”.
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 contest is run by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO.
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.