Young professional photographers from a record 80 countries across five continents have submitted applications to participate in the Andrei Stenin International Press photo Contest 2019.

The number of applications has more than doubled since the contest was established in 2014. In the year of its fifth anniversary, the contest commemorating Rossiya Segodnya’s photojournalist Andrei Stenin has reached new heights.

The number of foreign contestants is growing annually, and this year the share of Russian to foreign entries was 37 to 63 percent compared with 48 to 52 percent last year. The greatest number of foreign works come from Africa: since the contest was launched in 2014, works by photographers from 16 African countries have been represented, which accounts for 25 percent of the total number of African countries and dependent territories. South African photojournalists have dominated the top three leaders of the continent for several years in a row, followed by photographers from Morocco and Nigeria. This year, new African countries – Ethiopia and Somalia – joined the contest.

Summing up the first stage of the contest, its curator and head of the Visual Projects Service of the Rossiya Segodnya United Photo Information Directorate Oksana Oleinik noted: “Even now we can say that the geographic representation and the high level of the works are amazing. Every year, photojournalists from new countries take part in the context, and 2019 is no exception: photos from ten new countries – Bhutan, Bolivia, Yemen, Luxemburg, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, and Ethiopia – have been submitted to the Andrei Stenin Contest. It is now a fixture of the international program of important photography events. Now we are looking forward to the day when the international jury will begin its work, and we wish success to all the contestants.”

In April, photography luminaries will judge the photos taken by young photojournalists from all over the world. The shortlist will be published on the website on June 13. The award ceremony will be held in the fall of 2019 in Moscow, after which the exhibition of winning works will begin its tour of world cities.

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 – who 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 TV channel Rossiya-Kultura. The international information partners of the contest include Sputnik News Agency and Radio, Askanews news agency, Independent Media Holding, Notimex news agency, the African News Agency (ANA), RT channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), China Daily website, PNA news agency, AlYoum AlSabee newspaper and website, The Paper website, Al Mayadeen media network, Renmin-Wang website, Prensa Latina Information Agency, and The Nation Media Group. The industry partners supporting the contest are the websites Russian Photo and, School of Visual Arts, Academy of Photography, YOung JOurnalists information portal, National Geographic Russia magazine, Contrastes magazine, Fotoargenta magazine, All About Photo website, Delhi Photography Club, Cuartoscuro and EYE magazines, and PhotON festival as an international venue partner.


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