The best photo of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, according to internet users, is from the singles category by Justin Sullivan from Cape Town. Disconnection is a surgically piercing aerial view of an African Elephant poached for Ivory in Northern Botswana.
According to the photojournalist, he is both happy and sad about this particular photo making it to the finals.
“It’s exciting to see that an important issue such as Elephant poaching will make headlines around the world and ignite new interest in the conversations surrounding Elephant poaching — It’s also heartbreaking as a reminder of the ecological loss we are currently facing. This specific elephant was slaughtered in an extremely inhumane manner and the photo represents just how isolated and disconnected not only the elephant was in that moment, but how disconnected we are from the situation. I’m really proud of this image and confident it will bring about proactive dialogue on elephant conservation,” Justin says.
This image is the absolute leader of the voting, collecting more than a quarter of all online votes.
On the 10th of September, a ceremony will be held in Moscow to announce the winners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. Also, the contest photo exhibition will open and the traditional world tour of the winning entries will be launched.
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 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.