Moscow, January 22, Rossiya Segodnya Press Office, The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Commission for UNESCO, has selected this year’s jury. The judges include photography experts from leading news agencies and media outlets. They are Ahmet Sel, Visual News Editor-in-Chief for Anadolu Agency, the oldest and largest agency in Turkey; Jorge Árciga Avila, deputy director of photography at the Notimex Mexican News Agency; Pavel Kassin, head of the Photo Department at Kommersant; Agence France-Presse’s (AFP) special correspondent in Moscow Mladen Antonov; founder and director of the independent Russian photo agency SALT IMAGES Anna Zekria; and Ivan Sekretaryov, photojournalist with more than 20 years of experience, former photographer of The Associated Press (AP) Moscow bureau.
One more jury member is Wang Yao, Honorary President of China Photographers’ Association, President of Chinese Women Photographers’ Association, who in the past served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief at China News Service and Xinhua News Agency.
Submission is currently open at stenincontest.com. Photojournalists aged between 18 and 33 can take part and the closing date for submitting their entries is February 28, 2018. The contest is Russia’s only platform that discovers new names in international photojournalism and develops quality standards for documentary photography. The purpose of the contest is to support young photojournalists and open doors for them into a big photography career.
Ahmet Sel, Visual News Editor-in-Chief for Anadolu Agency (Anadolu Ajansi): “First of all, it is an honor for me to be participated in this photo contest’s jury on behalf of Anadolu Agency, organized in memory of talented Russian Photojournalist Andrei Stenin. No doubt, photojournalism is one of the most toughest field in journalism. This is not a profession that can be done in places such as editing desk or hotel room comfort. To be in the field, at the real scene, being witness to the surrounding events in person in order to transmit visual documents of the events, are the most important foundations of this profession. Photojournalism is having a rough time in recent years. In this matter it is important to support fellow photographers who can take risks to enter this field, as well as to introduce and show their works to larger audiences. That’s why Andrei Stenin photo contest is important. This contest not only honors the memory of Andrei Stenin but also gives hope and support to young talents.”
Jorge Árciga Avila, deputy director of photography at Notimex, the official Mexican News Agency: “It is a huge honor for me to judge the Stenin Contest, share my experience as a photojournalist and an ordinary person who is sensitive to the world around him. I agreed to join the jury as I realized my aspiration to pass on my experience, create a connection that will contribute and add unfailing values to the world of photography, therefore strengthening the spirit of photojournalism.”
Mladen Antonov, Agence France-Presse’s (AFP) special correspondent: “I would like to thank Alexander Shtol and Ekaterina Novikova for the invitation to become a member of the Andrey Stenin photo contest jury this year. I love the contest's aim at supporting the young generation of press photographers. The worldwide exposure this competition gives to the young talents is incredible and the journey the exhibition of the winning photos takes afterward is impressive. Few things are more important for today's photography than the new generation of photographers coming to show us how to look at the world. ”
Pavel Kassin, Head of the Photo Department at the Kommersant Publishing House: “It is a great honor for me to be invited to be a member of the Stenin Contest jury. I am happy to participate and contribute to the contest to the best of my ability. Photography is what communicates the spirit of the present time and events. It reflects both what is happening and the ‘zeitgeist’ of the world we live in. Contests like this one (although it was established on a sad occasion) give us the perspective on the contemporary state of Russian photography. It may sound pompous but Russia is a nation of great photographers. The Russian photography school offers top quality, which has been proved by many prizes of Russian photographers working for various media outlets. It is very important that the Stenin Contest is international and that young photographers from other countries participate because the more opportunities they have for communicating and sharing their view, the more comfortable they are in their job.”
Anna Zekria, founder and director of the SALT IMAGES independent Russian photo agency: “It is important for me to be on the jury because since the InterFoto festival, there has not been a decent international contest in Russia. By ‘decent’ I mean clear rules, an adequate submission procedure, respected jury, no participation fee and prizes that could truly support the winners. For me personally, judging the contest is not just about selecting a winner but also about finding new names and projects, especially from the Russian provinces. Also, after being on the juries of many competitions around the world, I am very happy to finally offer my expertise in Russia.”
2018 contestants will compete in four categories. They are Top News, Sports, My Planet, and Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. The number of entries allowed in each category has been extended to three, which allows young photographers to fully demonstrate their professionalism. The jury will select three prize winners in each category and award a Grand Prix.
In 2017, the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was supported by major Russian and international media outlets, news agencies as well as the photo community. Partners in several categories included the Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), the Al Mayadeen TV pan-Arabic news holding and the International Red Cross Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations.
The contest’s general information partners include: the news website Vesti.Ru, the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel, news website KP.ru, news website ZhurDom and the Russian Photo website. International media partners include Sputnik News Agency and Radio, Askanews news agency, Independent Media holding, Notimex news agency, RT TV channel and news site, The Royal Photographic Society, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), news agency ANA, TeleSUR international informative multiplatform, China Daily web-site, Frontline magazine. Industry media partners include the Academy of Photography, GeoPhoto agency, Photo-study.ru educational portal, the Union of Journalists of Moscow, the Union of Art Photographers of Russia, Young Journalists information portal and the festivals Fotoistanbul, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO, PhotoVisa.