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Online exhibition is opened

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The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest  has announced the winner of the 2020 Grand Prix during an online ceremony held at the multimedia press center of Rossiya Segodnya media group which hosted the contest. The Spanish photographer Luis Tato won the Grand Prix for the series titled DusitD2 Terror Attack, which provided a pithy and vivid documentary picture of the tragic event on the grounds of a hotel complex in Nairobi in January 2019.

The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest will kick off its traditional international exhibition tour of the winning photos as soon as the pandemic related restrictions are lifted. Until then, the 2020 winning photos can be seen online on the virtual gallery platform kunstmatrix.com/en/stenin-contest

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The contest also announced the 2020 prize winners. All the winning photographs are marked by the highest degree of visual beauty verging on fine art painting. Using beauty as a code, young photojournalists want to pinpoint and understand the most pressing problems of our time from social and political clashes to environmental issues. They believe that beauty creates a tremendous humanistic force that could, indeed, save the world.

A complete list of the prize-winners in the 2020 contest is available on the website WINNERS 2020

As is customary, special prizes were established for the contest participants. In 2020, prizes were awarded to photographs in three categories — Top News, My Planet and Portrait. Hero of Our Time. The partners in the categories included leading international media such as the Shanghai United Media Group, the China Daily newspaper website and Al-Mayadeen TV Pan-Arabist Satellite Media Network, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations.

According to the categories’ partners, the best works included the single photograph Buried Justice by Lynzy Billing (Great Britain) and the photo series Ebola: Democratic Republic of the Congo by John Wessels (South Africa), which earned the ICRC’s special prize For Humanitarian Photography in the Top News category.

The single work Black Tide in Brazil by photojournalist Leonardo Malafaia Alves (Brazil), was awarded Al-Mayadeen TV’s special prize in the Top News category, while the photograph Living on the Edge by journalist Sumit Sanyal (India) was highly commended by the Shanghai United Media Group in the My Planet category, and the Quatrani series by Danilo Garcia Di Meo (Italy) earned a special prize from the China Daily newspaper website in the Portrait. Hero of Our Time category.

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 Magazinethe All About Photo website. International exhibition partnerPhotOn Festival.