MOSCOW, January 26 – RIA Novosti. The 8th Andrei Stenin International Contest for young photojournalists (http://stenincontest.com) has named the members of its jury. In 2022, the contest has preserved the algorithm of forming an all-star team of judges. For the second year in a row, it has invited representatives of major international media and celebrated photographers, who have already rated contestants’ entries in previous years.
The team includes: Denis Paquin, USA, Deputy Director of Photography, Associated Press; Mladen Antonov, Agence France-Presse (AFP) Photo Director for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Hong Kong; Grigory Dukor, Russia, Нead of the Photo and Video Service at TASS Russian News Agency; Xenia Nikolskaya, Russian-Swedish photographer, Professor, The German University in Cairo; Anna Zekria, founder and director of the independent Russian photo agency SALT IMAGES.
Mladen Antonov, Agence France-Presse’s Photo Director for Asia-Pacific based in Hong Kong:
”My first time as a jury member in the Andrei Stenin Contest was in a different era. We were free to travel and meet people. Now when we are restricted by the COVID rules, all will be different. I am certain of one thing. I will have again the pleasure to go through many excellent pictures. I am happy that many young photo journalists got their first recognition by winning the different categories of the contest. Andrei Stenin Contest is a great trampoline in the carrier of any photographer. Chief photo editors around the world are familiar with the level of qualities any photographer must have in order to win in this contest. The way winning pictures are going around the world opens many unexpected doors for their creators. All this is giving me energy to choose the best photos and feel satisfied of giving a flying start to the new generation of photo journalists.”
Peter Bitzer, member of the extended board of German Photographic Society:
“When I was member of the Jury first time, I have been deeply impressed by the very professional, enthusiastic and warm way the jury has been hosted and the jury work has been done, together with wonderful colleagues. And for sure I was fascinated by the great work of young photographers from all of the world that we have been allowed to judge. To be part of the Jury of Stenin Contest means a lot to me. It’s such a unique chance to see so many work of young photojournalists from all over the world and to get in touch with their current humanistic spirit. It’s also of huge importance to me as a member of the Stenin Contest Jury to see the developments in photojournalism today, done by young photographers with so different cultural backgrounds.”
Grigory Dukor, head of the TASS Photo Information Department:
“I am delighted and honored to be on the jury of a contest that brings together many young talented photographers and gives the best and luckiest of them a chance to assert themselves as consummate professionals. The first time I sat on the jury was at the very beginning of the contest. That was before the pandemic, and the jury worked in person, sitting down at the same table in the same room to discuss their decisions. What surprised me at that time was that jury members sometimes changed their views after listening to what their colleagues said in favor or against an entry instead of relying on their own impressions. I hope it will be easier for us to stay true to ourselves this year because the contest is being held online.”
Xenia Nikolskaya, Russian-Swedish photographer, Professor, The German University in Cairo:
“I became a member of the jury very early on, in 2014‒2015. It was fascinating to be on the other side of the screen, so to speak. Working with so many wonderful photographers was a real pleasure. It is one thing to follow their work and a completely different thing to encounter them in the jury room. We expect 2022 to bring new themes to the fore. We are living in a completely new reality now and the approach to photography has changed. Styles are different; certain aspects of our lives have become more important than others. Photography has become more technology-intensive and at the same time more widely accessible. To an extent, we are tired of it, which explains why many people are so fascinated by archives. When everything has been said, what else is there to say? For the past four years, I have been teaching photography and my view of it has become more analytical. I understand the importance of supporting emerging young photographers and I am happy to be part of this process. I hope to see new creators, new stories – and a new visual language – during this year’s contest.”
Anna Zekria, founder and director of the independent Russian photo agency SALT IMAGES:
“The experience I gained in 2018 as a member of the jury of a Russian contest at this level was the first of its kind, although previously I participated as an expert in different competitions around the world. This was an inspiring experience of working with super professionals, who live for their ideas, and love and value photography. Despite differences in our preferences and professional experience, all my colleagues on the jury were open-minded, and I have warm memories of our heated discussions. Hopefully, this time, despite an online format, we will be able to choose the most praiseworthy photographers as passionately as we did earlier. As in 2018, being a jury member for this contest gives me the opportunity to learn about new names in photography and see stories that often remain out of the media’s field of vision. Quite frequently, even if a photographer fails to win an award but his or her work has moved me, I afterwards try to keep an eye on them and provide whatever assistance I can. The same is true of many of my colleagues. That is why I am urging photographers to present their works, no matter what, and to not get upset if they have bad luck. I am happy that a competition at this level has remained free and its geography is expanding. Being among experts at a competition like this is a great privilege and a source of inspiration for me.“
In 2022, the contestants will vie for prizes in four categories: Top News, Sports, My Planet, and Portrait. Hero of Our Time. In each category, one work can be submitted in two subcategories, Single Photograph and Series.
The 2022 prize fund amounts to 125,000, 100,000 and 75,000 rubles for first, second, and third place in each category. Winner of the top prize, the Grand Prix, will be awarded 700,000 rubles.
Works will be accepted at stenincontest.ru in Russian, or in English (https://stenincontest.com/) or Chinese (https://cn.stenincontest.com/) until 11.59 pm Moscow time on February 28. The international jury will start its work as early as April and announce its shortlist on the stenincontest.ru website in mid-June.
Equally important for the young photographers, they will have the opportunity to display their works at Russian and international venues. Despite the worldwide restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Andrei Stenin contest has retained one of its most important and favorite traditions – the international touring exhibition of winning photos in various countries. The road shows enable young photojournalists to present their works to Russian and international audiences and draw attention to the most outstanding problems and challenges of modern times.
Since its launch in 2014, the contest’s exhibitions have been held in dozens of cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Since 2018, the New York Headquarters of the United Nations, the main international organization for strengthening global peace and security, has been among the exhibition venues of the contest. In 2019, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg began hosting the contest’s exhibitions.
In 2021, the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest was supported by major Russian and international media, news agencies and photo community organizations. The partners in several categories were the Shanghai United Media Group, the Al-Mayadeen pan-Arab information holding, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the world’s biggest humanitarian organizations.
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.