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Winning Entries of the Stenin Photo Contest to Go on Exhibit in Madrid

© Alejandro Martinez Velez

MADRID, October 27, Rossiya Segodnya press service – The winning entries of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest organized by the Rossiya Segodnya international media group will be exhibited for the first time in Madrid. Locals and tourists will enjoy about 20 entries of the best young photographers of the world on November 2 to 19 at the Russian Center for Science and Culture at 61 Alcala Street. Entry to this exhibition will not be charged. Opening hours: from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays.

The main part of the exhibition will be the winning entries of three Spanish photographers. Grand Prix winner for the Migrants in Belgrade series* Alejandro Martinez Velez strikes viewers with a capacious visualization of the fear and despair of people without a future − migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan who are forced to live in abandoned warehouses when it is 16 degrees Celsius below zero. The other two entries are the vivid genre photo Cleansing with Fire** by Victor J. Blanco, which depicts the ancient holiday Las Luminarias during the annual Catholic Carnival in modern Spain, and a portrait of a small balloon seller, one of the 1.2 million children of Bangladesh forced to work to help their families*** taken by Miguel Candela.

Grand Prix winner at the 2017 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest Alejandro Martinez Velez: Having the opportunity to show my entry Migrants in Belgrade at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Madrid, where I live, is a great joy for me. And at the same time, it is an opportunity to continue talking about migration issues in Europe. I would like visitors of the photo exhibition to be able to feel through the images what an incredible example of strength and courage these people give us, those who are forced to cross the political and social borders every day.”

Alejandro Martinez Velez also noted that it is a great honor to be exhibited together with other winners of the2017 Stenin contest, including Victor Blanco, Phandulwazi Jikelo, Anna Pantelia and others.

“The award received at this competition is very important, in particular, because it is held among young photographers and is dedicated to the memory of our colleague who died tragically in the line of work,” he stressed.

*Top News, Series 1st place; Special prize For humanitarian photography by the ICRC, partner of the 2017 Stenin contest
**My Planet, Single 3rd place
***Portrait. A Hero of Our Time, Single 3rd place

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.

The contest’s 2017 international partners include: Al Mayadeen TV,  Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) and ICRC.

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.