MOSCOW, January 29, Rossiya Segodnya Press Service. The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest announced its star-studded jury. This year’s international team includes directors and photo editors from the world’s leading photography and news media outlets, as well as international gallerists.
Contestants in the sixth contest will be judged by Jerome Sessini, French photographer and member of Magnum Photos, a leading documentary photography agency; Chloe Coleman, photo editor at the international news desk of The Washington Post, the US capital’s largest media outlet; Dimitri Beck, director of photography of Polka, a French magazine and gallery; Harish Tyagi (India) and Sergei Ilnitsky (Russia), both photographers for the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA); Mutsuko Ota, director of the IMA Concept Store (Japan) that brings together the print and online version of the IMA magazine about modern photography, as well as a photo gallery, a bookstore and a cafe in Tokyo; and Davide Monteleone, Italian photographer and researcher, fellow of National Geographic, the world’s most famous popular science and geography magazine.
Jerome Sessini, member of Magnum Photos (France): “I am delighted and honored to participate as a juror at the Andrei Stenin Press Photo Contest. Being a juror gives me the privilege of seeing the production of young photographers from a close point of view. It is inspiring to be able to feel the current trends in photography, and it is also a privileged responsibility to choose to grant a subject rather another.”
Chloe Coleman, photo editor at the international news desk of The Washington Post (USA): “As a photo editor for an international news organization, I strive to consistently work with emerging photographers throughout the world. Outreach is not a path that goes one direction, it is part of our duty as editors to attend portfolio reviews, visit school classrooms, and juror contests such as the Andrei Stenin Press Photo contest to meet and foster emerging talent within our industry. “
Dimitri Beck, director of photography of the Polka magazine (France): “I have been invited by the Andrei Stenin Press Photo contest to be part of the jury. I am glad to be part of it as Russia and its close neighbors is an area that have always been in my map of center of interests mixing with a kind of fascination. In being part of this jury, it is a good opportunity to get closer to Russian contemporary photographers, not enough known abroad. I expect meeting newcomers and also see the work of talented photojournalists whatever their nationality.”
Mutsuko Ota, director of the IMA Concept Store (Japan): “I became interested in the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest and decided to take part because of my curiosity towards the photographic culture that Russia withholds, surely very different from Japan, and of a sense of familiarity to how Russia's events also seem to incite conversations with the rest of the world.”
Harish Tyagi, Chief Photographer for the European Press Photo Agency EPA (India): “The Andrei Stein contest means lot to me as this contest gives the opportunity to the upcoming young photographers, and it’s always good to celebrate, experience and judge the entries from around the world sent by young photojournalists and participants. I understand serving as Jury is an important responsibility and one need to talk & debate keeping the rules and ethics in mind.”
Sergei Ilnitsky, photographer for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA) (Russia): “I did not think twice before accepting the invitation to become a jury member. Not only because I respect the memory of my colleague Andrei Stenin, but also because I would love to have the opportunity to be engaged in the goal and the idea the contest is based on. Photos taken by young photojournalists are often idealistic and naïve; the photographers themselves are talented, energetic and are not afraid to take risks for a photo they consider important. Being a jury member, I consider it important to find this naiveté and talent in the submitted works. And, in my opinion, it is important that the traveling exhibitions of the contest provide young photographers with the opportunity to show their works to thousands of people. This is crucial, because the only thing that photography can influence is people. By changing themselves, people will approach the world more responsibly, thus changing it.”
Davide Monteleone, Italian photographer, researcher, fellow of National Geographic (US): “As a photographer I have interest in producing pictures and stories with images, but also to discover the works of my colleague. As an Italian who dedicated most of my career working in Russia and former Soviet Union I’m honored to be part of this year jury of The Andrei Stenin Press Photo Contest.”
In 2020, contestants will compete for prizes in four categories, Top News, Sports, My Planet and Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Participants can submit their works in any of the categories, one entry per singles and series. The closing date for entries is February 29 via stenincontest.com (in Russian, English and Chinese languages). Winners of the 2020 contest will receive 125,000 rubles for the first place, 100,000 rubles for the second and 75,000 rubles for the third place in each category. The Grand Prix winner will receive 700,000 rubles. Another important opportunity young photojournalists will have is showcasing their works at Russian and international venues. Exhibition tours of the contest winners are not an integral part of the contest. The tours cover several cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
In 2020 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, The Paper website, Al Mayadeen media network, Prensa Latina Information Agency, News1 Information Agency, DBW news web-site, Brasil247 news web-site. The industry partners supporting the contest are the Russian Photo and Photo-study.ru websites, Academy of Photography, the YOung JOurnalists information portal, the Fotoargenta magazine, Delhi Photography Club, Enfoque Visual magazine, LF Magazine and PhotON festival as an international partner.