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Andrei Stenin Photo Contest 2021 Shortlist Announced

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The international jury of the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest, which consists of distinguished award-winning photographers and experts, has announced the potential winners of the 2021 contest. The jury scrutinized approximately 4,500 entries from 70 countries. 

The shortlist of the 2021 winners:

Top News. Singles: 
Aggelos Barai, Greece

Joshua Irwandi, Indonesia

Omid Vahabzadeh, Canada

Rahul Sadhukhan, India

Rajat Gupta, India

Top News. Series: 
Alexander Ermochenko, Ukraine

Chandan Khanna, India

Luis Antonio Rojas, Mexico

Marina Serebryakova, Belarus

Sebnem Coskun, Turkey


Sport. Singles:  
Ayanava Sil, India

Daria Isaeva, Russia

Keyvan Jafari, Iran

Mouneb Taim, Syria 

Sebnem Coskun, Turkey

Sport. Series:
Daria Isaeva, Russia

Kristina Brazhnikova, Russia

Seyyed Matin Hashemi Aghajari, Iran

Yevgeny Konoplyov, Russia


My Planet. Singles:
Abdul Momin, Bangladesh

Artem Onoprienko, Russia

Chang XU, China

Rafid Yasar, Bangladesh

Sebnem Coskun, Turkey

My Planet. Series:
Ebrahim Alipoor, Iran

Luis Tato, Spain

Lys Arango, Spain

Masoumeh Bahrami Gorji, Iran

Xiaoxu Pu, China


Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Singles: 
Anas Kamal, Egypt

Elipe Mahe, Mexico

Luke Dray, UK

Muhammad Amdad Hossain, Bangladesh  

Sergei Bobylev, Russia  

Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Series:

Luke Dray, UK

Mary Gelman, Russia

Patrick Junker, Germany

Pavel Volkov, Russia

Sharafat Ali, India


All fotos:  WINNERS 2021

The shortlist includes photojournalists from 17 countries, including, among others, China, Britain, Germany, Spain, Greece, Egypt, India and Turkey (http://stenincontest.com). Young photojournalists from Indonesia, Mexico and Canada have been shortlisted for the first time in the history of the contest.

The themes of the 2021 contest provide a visual picture of the events that made breaking news last year, such as the May protests in Minneapolis, the worst locust plague in Africa and Asia for 25 years, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of millions throughout the world.

Oksana Oleinik, the curator of the photo contest and the head of the Photo Projects Desk at Rossiya Segodnya, said the following about the unique nature of the images submitted for the 2021 contest:

“The past year, as you can see from the contestants’ entries, was far from simple. This determined the nerve and drama of many of the photographs the jury has fallen for. On the other hand, the participants did not just indicate a problem, but also used various photography instruments to encourage the viewers to think and talk about these problems, and also to try to find solutions to them. In our opinion, the young contestants have accomplished this mission brilliantly.”

The winners of the Grand Prix and other prizes of the Andrei Stenin competition will be announced in September and will be available on the website of the contest stenincontest.ru | stenincontest.com.

A traditional roadshow of the winners’ entries will be held throughout the world until the end of the year.


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.

General media partners of the contest include the Rossiya-Kultura federal channelMoskva 24 channel, Vesti.Ru news website.
International media partners include Sputnik news agency and radio, RT channel and website, Askanews news agency, Independent Media holding, Telam news agency, ANA news agency, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), China Daily news website, The Paper news website, Al Mayadeen media network, Prensa Latina news agency and DBW news website.

Industry partners of the contest include the Russian Union of JournalistsYOung JOurnalists news portal, Russian Photo portal, Photo-study.ru website, Photography AcademyFotoargenta magazine, Delhi Photography ClubLF MagazineAll About Photo website, EYE photography magazine, Artdoc magazine, IPhoto Channel and PhotON festival.