Internet users have chosen "Happy Farmer" by Rafid Yasar, Bangladesh, as the best single work of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The photo, which shows a villager with his harvest of cauliflower, won almost a quarter of the online votes.
Yasar hopes that his work’s recognition by a wide audience will help him make his dream of becoming a film director come true.
“I understand that popular voting is for the Grand Prix, but each vote means support. I don’t know if there is any participant in the contest hoping to win as much as I am. However, let the strongest work win,” he said.
At the end of September, the Andrei Stenin Photo Contest will hold an online ceremony to announce the winner of the Grand Prix, as well as the winners of the category awards from the 2021 shortlist. As per tradition, the organizers plan to launch an international tour of the winning photos around various cities by 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 channel, Moskva 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 Journalists, YOung JOurnalists news portal, Russian Photo portal, Photo-study.ru website, Photography Academy, Fotoargenta magazine, Delhi Photography Club, LF Magazine, All About Photo website, EYE photography magazine, Artdoc magazine, IPhoto Channel and PhotON festival.