SHANGHAI, October 24, Rossiya Segodnya Press Service – The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO will present the winning works of 2017 in Shanghai between October 27 and November 5, 2017 in the press tower of the Shanghai United Media Group. The exhibit will focus on global humanitarian challenges. The Russian photo contest for young journalists from around the world will bring almost 100 entries to China. Each entry can be considered exemplary in its genre.
Among some of the most remarkable images of the exhibit is Russian journalist Anar Movsumov’s* “Theater Without Borders,” a black and white photo picturing a member of a drama class for children with Down syndrome and other special conditions; a heart-wrenching portrait of a boy from the slums in Nairobi by Chinese photographer Yiheng Cheng; “At Your Fingertimps”, a photo story of victories and overcoming difficulties in one of the most beautiful sports, artistic gymnastics, by Russian Alexei Filippov; a genre portrait “Candy Floss Lady” captured by Kyrgyz photographer Tabyldy Kadyrbekov, and an elegant photo “Selfie Culture” by Jelena Jankovic, and many others.
Shanghai is the fifth stop in the contest’s international tour after Moscow, Istanbul, Krasnodar and Athens. Before the end of the year, the works by the best young photojournalists will have also visited Spain, Poland, South Africa and Mexico.
Prize winner of the 2017 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest commented: “The Andrei Stenin Contest is one of few contests for photojournalists in Russia judged by a prestigious international jury. Many photographers from around the world participate, including, of course, most of the professional photographers in Russia. The story about a drama school for rehabilitation of children with special needs inspired me greatly.”
Alexander Shtol, director of Rossiya Segodnya's Photo Information Directorate, said: “We are glad to see prominent experts from the Shanghai United Media Group on the jury of the Andrei Stenin Contest and hope that it will become a good tradition for this project that supports young photojournalists from around the world. China is one of the leaders in photojournalism and we will be glad to see even more Chinese contestants next year.”
Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) comprises two major newspaper groups, Jiefang Daily Group and Wenhui-Xinmin United Media Group. It has the largest media reach among publishing groups in China. Currently, SUMG publishes 23 newspapers and magazines and owns two publishing companies, with a staff of over 8,000 people.
*Jury Honorable Mention. Special prize by Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG)
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.