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An exhibition of the winners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2021  opened at the Kosar Art Gallery in Tehran.

Photos From Andrei Stenin Contest to Be Shown in Iran For the First Time

© РИА Новости, Anastasia Bychkova

TEHRAN, October 31 – RIA Novosti. An exhibition of selected works of the winners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2021 (http://stenincontest.com) opened on Saturday at the Kosar Art Gallery in Tehran. The exhibition was organized jointly by the Andrei Stenin Contest and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting World Service. The opening ceremony was attended by IRIB World Service Director General for International Affairs Seyed Morteza Asghari, Rossiya Segodnya International Cooperation Director Vasily Pushkov and Ivan Zakharov, Head of the Rossiya Segodnya Middle East Directorate.

This is the first exhibition of the contest in Iran since its launch in December 2014. The exhibition will be open to the public until November 2; entrance is free.


When greeting the opening ceremony guests in the art gallery, IRIB World Service Director General for International Affairs Seyed Morteza Asghari reiterated that opening оf Andrei Stenin Contest exhibition in Tehran is one of the brilliant steps to promote the cultural ties.

When commenting on the contest’s very first event in Tehran, Rossiya Segodnya International Cooperation Director Vasily Pushkov noted:

“At last, after so many years, we are opening the very first exhibition of the Andrei Stenin Contest winners in Tehran. And not just in Tehran, but in the headquarters of Iran’s main television and radio broadcasting company, for which we thank our Iranian colleagues. I hope that the local audience will appreciate the contest.”

Thirty images featured at the show in Tehran include both singles and series taken by reporters from Iran, Turkey, China, Russia, Germany, Spain and other countries. Among others, the show features the works that won the 2021 Grand Prix: the M+T series by St. Peterburg photographer Maria Gelman, and New Danger to Life Below Water: COVID-19 Waste, a photo by Turkish reporter Sebnem Coskun.

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: VGTRK (National State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company) (Russia), SMOTRIM online-platform (Russia), Rossiya-Kultura TV channel (Russia),  Moskva-24 TV channel (Russia).

International media partners: Sputnik news agency and radio (International), RT TV channel and website (International), Independent Media (South Africa), Telam news agency (Argentina). ANA (South Africa), Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) (China), China Daily (China), The Paper (China), Al Mayadeen (Lebanon), Festival della Fotografia Etica (Italy).

Industry partners: Russian Union of Journalists (Russia), YOung JOurnalists (Russia),
Russian Photo (Russia), Photo-study.ru (Russia), Photo Academy (Russia), All About Photo (USA), IPhoto Channel (Brazil), For Photographers Only (International), PhotON Festival as an international exhibition partner (Spain).