WEIHAI, December 21, Rossiya Segodnya Press Service, — Hundreds of Chinese photography lovers – both professional and amateur – gathered today at the Cape of Luck Art Museum in Weihai, Shandong Province, to attend the opening of a photo exhibition of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest.
Weihai is the eighth stop in the contest’s exhibition tour, following the UN Headquarters in New York, Moscow, Cape Town, Shanghai, Beirut, Brussels and Madrid.
“The Andrei Stenin Contest is a colorful competition for young photojournalists. It attracts a very wide audience, not only in Russia, but all over the world. What is most valuable to me is the opportunity to speak with young Chinese photographers in person and discuss the current trends in contemporary photojournalism,” said Ivan Sekretaryov, head of the English-Language Photography Department at the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.
Among the guests invited to the photo exhibition were the World Press Photo winner, winner of the China News Awards, Honorary Chair of the Photographers Association and Chair of the China Association of Women Photographers Wang Yao.
“Photography cannot change the world, but it can capture global changes. I appreciate what the Andrei Stenin contest does in allowing people to look at the world from a new angle, while providing a platform to younger photographers so they can showcase their talent,” she told Sputnik.
According to Wang Yao, in future, the photo competition and the follow-up award-winning photos exhibitions will focus the attention of even more people in China on the tasks of contemporary photojournalism.
The visitors also attended a lecture about the current approaches in photojournalism against the backdrop of a changing international environment, organized by Rossiya Segodnya.
“I am not a professional and I do not know much about the technique of photo composition, but in each of these photos I see a story. In my opinion, this is the most important aspect for a photographer, especially for a photojournalist, not only to take a good picture, but also to tell a story,” said one of the visitors.
The photo exhibition will also tour several cities in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
In 2018, the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was supported by major Russian and international media outlets, news agencies and the photography community. Partners in several categories included the Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), the Al Mayadeen TV pan-Arabic news network and the International Committee of the Red Cross, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations.
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.
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.. International Exhibition partner — PhotON Festival.