The online exhibition of the winning photos of the 2020 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest (https://www.kunstmatrix.com/en/stenin-contest) has opened on the website and social media pages of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation at the Council of Europe.
The best photos and series of the contest can now be seen at the mission’s website (https://coe.mid.ru/) and its official accounts on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RusMissionCoE/) and Twitter (@CE_RF and CoE_Russia).
In his video address to the exhibition viewers, Permanent Representative of Russia to the Council of Europe Ivan Soltanovsky noted:
“I am happy to open the photo exhibition of the Andrei Stenin Contest. This year we are holding it online due to the coronavirus pandemic. I hope this format will allow a much bigger audience to see these photos. I think that the wide range of themes is one of the contest’s greatest assets. They vary from the incredible beauty of our planet and festive ceremonies to the abyss of human despair, from global sports achievements to everyday life in provincial cities. They describe better than hundreds of words how people live on earth, deal with difficulties and diseases, work for their happiness, and overcome themselves and dire circumstances…
At the same time, the contest reminds us that often photo reporters have to pay with their own life for an opportunity to truthfully depict the tragic events of our times. The contest bears the name of Andrei Stenin. A photo correspondent of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, he died in 2014 while covering events in Donbass, a current hot spot. The photos presented at this exhibition are a tribute to the memory of Andrei Stenin from his colleagues, photojournalists from various countries of the world."
In late January, the contest announced its international jury team that includes representatives of the world’s largest media outlets and celebrated photographers who have evaluated the photos of contest participants in the past.
Photos are still being accepted for the 2021 contest at the website stenincontest.ru in Russian, English (https://stenincontest.com/) and Mandarin (https://cn.stenincontest.com/) — photo professionals aged between 18 and 33 have until February 28 to submit single photos or series in four categories – Top News, Sports, My Planet and Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Participants may submit one photo in two categories – a single and series.
In 2021, the prize fund will be 125,000, 100,000 and 75,000 rubles for the first, second and third places in each category. The winner of the highest Stenin contest award – the Grand Prix – will receive 700,000 rubles.
Of no less importance is the fact that young photojournalists will have the opportunity to show their works at Russian and international venues – a touring exhibition of the winning entries has become an integral part of the project and has been shown in dozens of cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Since 2018, the New York headquarters of the main international organization for strengthening peace and security in all countries, the United Nations (UN) has been one of the exhibit venues for Stenin contest winners. Since 2019, the contest’s exhibitions are also held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
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 and tvzavr online streaming service.
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 and PhotON festival.