TEL AVIV, February 8 (Sputnik) — An exhibition organized by the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest opened on Friday in the Russian Cultural Center in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, showcasing about 30 photographs by last year's contest winners.
The exhibition will be in Tel Aviv until February 14 and then moved to Jerusalem on February 17.
"The contests gives young photographers from around the world an opportunity to tell about what they see, what they are concerned about. The contest is open to anyone from around the world who wants to take part," Ivan Sekretaryov, the head of the English Language News Photography Department at Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency and a member of the 2018 contest's jury, said at the exhibition's opening.
According to Sekretaryov, the 2018 contest reviewed nearly 6,000 photographs submitted by participants from 77 countries.
"Today the exhibition of the winners' is opening in Tel Aviv, in part because a wonderful Israeli photograph has been awarded prizes in two categories," Sekretaryov added.
Oded Wagenstein, an Israeli photojournalist, won awards in the categories "My Planet" and "Portrait. A Hero of Our Time."
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was first organized in December 2014 in memory of Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin. He was killed while on assignment in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on August 6, 2014 after his car was shot at and burned on a highway. The photo contest aims to promote young photographers and attract public attention to photojournalism. The contest has been organized by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency under the aegis of the Russian Commission for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
"Today the journalistic profession is becoming more and more dangerous due to numerous local conflicts… The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest aims not only to raise awareness of the problem of journalists' safety but also to draw attention to contemporary photojournalism and support young photographers," Igor Martynov, the counselor of the Russian Embassy in Israel, stated.
The exhibitions of the 2018 contest's best photographs have already been showcased at the UN headquarters in New York, Beirut, Brussels, Bueno Aires, Cape Town, Madrid, Moscow and Shanghai.
In 2019, the contest's international partners include, among others, the Sputnik news agency and radio, Notimex news agency, RT broadcaster, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), ANA news agency and China Daily news portal.
About the contest:
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was first organized in December 2014 in memory of Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin. He was killed while on assignment in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on August 6, 2014 after his car was shot at and burned on a highway. The photo contest aims to promote young photographers and attract public attention to photojournalism.
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 2019 the general media partners of the contest include the news website Vesti.Ru and the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel. The international information partners of the contest include Sputnik International Information Agency and Radio, Askanews Information Agency, Independent Media Holding, Notimex News Agency, ANA News Agency, RT channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), China Daily website, PNA news agency, AlYoum AlSabee newspaper and website, The Paper website, and Al Mayadeen media network. The industry partners supporting the contest are the Russian Photo and Photo-study.ru websites, School of Visual Arts, Academy of Photography, the YOung JOurnalists information portal, the Contrastes magazine, the Fotoargenta magazine, the All About Photo website, and PhotON festival as an international partner.