The winners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest have been announced. Opening the awards ceremony, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency’s Director General Dmitry Kiselev thanked all the contestants - around 5,000 entries from 54 countries and regions, including Russia, Europe, North and South America, Africa and the Middle East, as well as India and Southeast Asia, were submitted to the contest. The awards ceremony took place at the agency’s International Multimedia Press Center. Organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, the Andrei Stenin contest is Russia’s largest international competition for young photographers.
The Grand Prix was awarded to Yelena Anosova, a young photographer from Irkutsk, for her Dissociation series. Commenting on the winning entry, jury member Natalya Udartseva (Russia), who is the founder and director of the Visual Arts School, said: “A neutral or almost neutral background, subdued, sort of faded colors allow us to focus on the details – hands, clothing, tattoos, gestures, the faces and eyes of the heroines of Yelena Anosova’s Separation story, to commiserate, to penetrate their world, which is permanently under surveillance. Barbed wire in sharp contrast to bright flowers is a powerful metaphor. It’s not often that we look female convicts in the eye or see the specifics of their daily life. This intensifies the impression.”
The jury voted for the best works in four main categories: Breaking News, Contemporary Issues, Sport, and Everyday Life. Special certificates were awarded to the first, second and third place winners from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Peru, China, Syria, Iran, Israel and Russia. The first prizes in the main categories went to: Corentin Fohlen (France), single entry, The Life of Refugees from Central Africa, and Kristina Brazhnikova (Russia), series, Mother is a Very Special Word, in the Current Issues category; Alexei Loshchilov (Russia), single entry, An Excursion to a Museum, and Yelena Anosova (Russia), series, Dissociation, in the Everyday Life category; Kristina Brazhnikova (Russia), single entry, Training, and Adel Pazyar (Iran), series, Like a Fish, in the Sport category; Katan Hosam (Syria), single entry, A Fighter of the Civil Defense Carrying a Dead Child, and Jonas Wresch (Germany), series, The Terrible Night - Indigenous Resistance in Colombia in the Top News category.
The prizewinning entries can be seen at stenincontest.com. An exhibition of the best entries along with some of the press photos made by Andrei Stenin, who was killed while on an editorial assignment, in southeastern Ukraine in August 2014, will be organized at one of Moscow’s exposition venues in September 2015.
Image: © Yelena Anosova / Khavva, 30, is sentenced to 6.6 prison term. First time offender penitentiary.
The 2015 contest was supported by the Xinhua News Agency, the Royal Photographic Society, the Indonesian Press Photo Agency Antara Foto, RT, RBTH (Russia Beyond the Headlines), The Moscow International Centre for Journalism (MICJ), Tutto Digitale Magazine, the Academy of Photography, Vesti.ru online newspaper, Foto&Video magazine, Geophoto.ru agency jourdom.ru portal, Fototehnika portal, the Moscow Union of Journalists, photo-study.ru photography education web site, Russian Photo portal, School of Visual Arts, YOJO.ru web platform for young journalists and Foto.ru club.