TOKYO, March 5 (Sputnik) - An exhibition of photos by winners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest opened in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The exhibition hosted by the Russian Embassy in Japan includes 30 photos selected from 6,000 works by photographers from 77 countries. The event was organized by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency with the help of the embassy.
Rossiya Segodnya's deputy editor in chief Yelena Chepurnykh remarked at the exhibition opening that the number of participants was growing every year.
"We try to show this exhibition to as many people as possible in many countries. It was in South Africa, Argentina, Belgium, France, China," Chepurnykh said.
Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin thanked Rossiya Segodnya for the idea to hold the exhibition.
"I think that the exhibition was successful and it helped make Andrei Stenin Contest more popular and further strengthen friendship and mutual understanding between Russia and Japan," the ambassador said.
Stella Sivakova, a professor at Soka University, brought Japanese students and professors to the exhibition.
"The young Japanese were very impressed by the fact that young photographers were in the places where there were military campaigns, earthquakes, they were not scared and they took risks," Sivakova said.
For instance, a photo by Justin Sullivan, Stand Off, shows a police officer pointing his gun at three people hiding under the table. Luis Tato's series documents the unrest in Kenya after the election.
The exhibition was shown at the UN headquarters on November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
About the contest:
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was launched by Rossiya Segodnya under the aegis of the Russian Commission for UNESCO. Its main goal is to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of modern photojournalism. This contest is a platform for young photographers; talented, empathetic and open-minded, they draw our attention to people and events around us.
In 2019 the general media partners of the contest include the news website Vesti.Ru and the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel. The international information partners of the contest include Sputnik International Information Agency and Radio, Askanews Information Agency, Independent Media Holding, Notimex News Agency, ANA News Agency, RT channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), China Daily website, PNA news agency, AlYoum AlSabee newspaper and website, The Paper website, and Al Mayadeen media network. The industry partners supporting the contest are the Russian Photo and Photo-study.ru websites, School of Visual Arts, Academy of Photography, the YOung JOurnalists information portal, the Contrastes magazine, the Fotoargenta magazine, the All About Photo website, and PhotON festival as an international partner.