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Wrangel Island

Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest Announces Online Voting Winner

© Yury Smityuk

The photograph "Wrangel Island" by journalist Yury Smityuk from Russia’s Far East has won the online voting of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2020.

The photo from the category "Portrait. A Hero of Our Time" depicts Pavel Kulemeyev, a researcher at the Wrangel Island Nature Reserve, in his "natural habitat" and tough conditions of the Arctic.

Wrangel Island is the northernmost nature reserve in the Russian Arctic. The Arctic Ocean divides the island almost into two parts at Meridian 180, so it lies both in the Western and Eastern hemispheres. Visits to the Wrangel Island Nature Reserve are restricted. It, however, offers about 10 tourist routes in summer and fall. Tourists can only enter the nature reserve if accompanied by rangers. The latter ensure the safety of tourists and animals that live on the island.

The Grand Prix and category winners of the Andrei Stenin Contest will be announced in September at the stenincontest.ru and stenincontest.com websites. The contest plans to launch a traditional tour of its laureates across cities around the world by the end of the year.

The contest is named after the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency's photo correspondent — Andrei Stenin — who was killed while covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Its main goal is to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of modern photojournalism.

About the contest

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, aims to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of photojournalism today. It is a platform for young photographers – talented and sensitive individuals open to all things new – to highlight people and events near us.

2020 Stenin contest partners

General media partners:  Vesti.Ru news website and the nationwide state  Rossiya K TV Channel (Russia Culture). International media partners: Sputnik news agency and radio, Askanews news agency,  Independent Media multi-platform company, Notimex news agency, ANA news agency, RT TV channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG)China Daily website, The Paper website, Al Mayadeen media network, Prensa Latina news agency, News1 news agency, DBW website and Brasil 247 website. Industry media partners: National Geographic Russia magazine,  Russian Photo website, Photo-study.ru website, Photo AcademyYOung JOurnalists website, Fotoargenta magazine, Delhi Photography Club, Enfoque Visual magazine and LF Magazine. International exhibition partnerPhotOn Festival.