CAPE TOWN, November 22 – Rossiya Segodnya press service. The exhibition of photographs of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest’s finalists has opened at the Cape Town Chavonnes Battery Museum as part of an international tour of the competition organized by Rossiya Segodnya media group under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.
Among the sixty-plus images on display, there is a poignant story by Grand Prix winner Alyona Kochetkova, who captured her own inner feelings, overcoming her own fear and pain in the “How I fell ill” photo series. The display also includes a bright and colorful story of twins from Iranian photojournalist Shiva Khademi, the heart-clenching shots of the mass migration of Rohingya refugees from Mashruk Ahmed of Bangladesh and many others. It is also worth noting the works by the local photographer Justin Sullivan: his “Stand Off” single showing a protest scene over fishing quotas in South Africa and his series depicting the heroes combatting rampant wildfires.
Speaking at the opening of the ceremony, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Cape Town, Roman Ambarov, said:
“For the third year in a row, Cape Town has been one of the cities hosting the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest winners’ display. The local public is not only interested in the exhibition – every year, Cape Town photojournalists participate in the contest, winning various nominations.” In 2018, South African photographer Justin Sullivan took the first prize again in the Top News Single category for his “Stand Off.
Ambarov, added: “The award-winning photo not only draws attention to the complex topic of public protests, but also serves as a reminder of how difficult and dangerous a photo correspondent’s work is. Despite the universally declared commitment to protecting the rights of media representatives, journalists and particularly photo journalists continue to be harassed and abused. The tragic fate of Andrei Stenin, who was killed during the shelling of a column of refugees by the Ukrainian army in August 2014, is eloquent proof. With deep regret we have to note that abuse cases against the Russian media have become more frequent since then if anything. Suffice it to mention one of these cases – the arrest of Kirill Vyshinsky, head of RIA Novosti Ukraine, on trumped-up charges of high treason. Attempts to impede the work of the Russian media continue to be recorded in other countries.”
ANA Pictures Director of Photography, Ian Landsberg, commented:
“Independent Media and African News Agency (ANA) are proud to host for the third consecutive year exhibitions of the winning pictures of the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest. Showcasing the incredible work of these young, up-and-coming photojournalists from 77 countries in the touring exhibitions, amplifies on a global scale the power and scope of their storytelling efforts.
“We are proud to be associated with the Stenin Photo Contest because we share the same core values of empowering young intrepid photojournalists and visual storytellers to document and communicating the bespoke stories and issues of their country, communities and people.”
Head of Rossiya Segodnya Integrated Photography Directorate Alexander Shtol, said:
“Entries from African photographers have been submitted for the Stenin competition every year from the start. We are pleased to see the contest finalists’ exhibitions becoming a tradition in South Africa, especially because the number of participants from the African continent is steadily growing. The professionalism and the quality of the works submitted for the competition are increasing too. Justin Sullivan’s winning the Top News Single category was not taken as a surprise but rather as a continuation of the emerging trend. Last year, Cape Town’s Phandulwazi Jikelo won the gold medal in the same category for his photograph “Grabouw Housing Protest”, and Kevin Midigo from Kenya won second prize. This year has also see Kevin win a prize as well: he was awarded a Jury Honorable Mention for his single photo “Defiant in democracy.” In general, young African photojournalists very accurately respond to the most important and significant events in the lives of people and their countries.”
The partners of the 2018 exhibition in Cape Town include the Independent Media group, ANA, ORMS Printing, the Chavonnes Battery Museum and the Russian Consulate General in Cape Town.
About the Chavonnes Battery Museum
The Chavonnes Battery, a VOC fort that was buried (and forgotten) for 140 years on the sand of the original Cape Town shoreline, is now a world class Museum showcasing the early history of Cape Town, host to a robust schedule of contemporary international photo exhibitions and provides guided walking tours of the museum, and the official V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour of the many points of historical interest on the property. The Museum is available for conferences, presentations, cocktail parties, dinners, etc. and we still fire our original muzzle loading cannons.
About the contest
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was launched by Rossiya Segodnya under the aegis of the Russian Commission for UNESCO. Its main goal is to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of modern photojournalism. This contest is a platform for young photographers; talented, empathetic and open-minded, they draw our attention to people and events around us.
In 2018, the contest jury included representatives from the world’s leading news agencies: AFP (France), Anadolu Ajansi (Turkey), Notimex (Mexico), as well as world-class photographers and editors. The jury was chaired by Ahmet Sel, who is Visual News Editor in Chief for Anadolu Agency (Turkey).
The contest’s general information partners include: the news website Vesti.Ru, the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel, news website ZhurDom and the Russian Photo website. International media partners 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), news agency ANA, TeleSUR international informative multiplatform, China Daily web-site, Frontline magazine, The Philippine News Agency, AlYoum AlSabee, The Paper, Radio Republik Indonesia, BERNAMA news agency, Antara news agency, Al Mayadeen, Industry media partners include the Academy of Photography, GeoPhoto agency, Photo-study.ru educational portal, the Union of Journalists of Moscow, the Union of Art Photographers of Russia, Young Journalists information portal, School of visual arts..