MOSCOW, March 28 (Rossiya Segodnya press service) – About 5000 entries by young photojournalists from 76 countries have been submitted to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The contest is run by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO. The highest number of photo contest submissions has come from Russia, India, Italy, Iran, China, Belarus, Spain, South Africa, Poland and Bangladesh. The most active Russian applicants are from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Ufa, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk and Krasnodar. The most popular categories this year are My Planet, and Portrait: A Hero of Our Time. The shortlist will be announced on May 23, 2017 at stenincontest.com. The awards ceremony will be held in Moscow in the fall.
“This is the third annual contest, and the number of participating countries continues to grow. This is heartening. The Stenin Contest has become an international platform for young photographers from all over the world. We have already looked at some of the photographs that were submitted this year. The photojournalists who took them are young people, but they have sent us many serious photo stories. They are not simply photographing events but are relating stories about life and the people in them. This shows that they care about what happens around them and are trying to attract public attention to problems and people,” said Alexander Shtol, Director of Rossiya Segodnya Photo Information Directorate.
The prize fund of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2017 has been increased, thanks to international media partners: the pan-Arab information holding Al Mayadeen TV, the Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Each partner will award an additional prize for the best entry from the shortlist, in their opinion. Thus, 2017 prize winners will receive over $15,000 (according to the Bank of Russia exchange rate on March 28), and the Grand Prix winner will receive around $8,000 (according to the Bank of Russia exchange rate on March 28).
About the contest
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.
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.