Andrei Stenin Photo Contest unites photographers from 25 countries

18 March 2015


Moscow, March 17, Rossiya Segodnya Press-Office - Over 800 photos have been sent to the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest, which Rossiya Segodnya has organized under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. With one month left to submit applications, the number of participating countries has reached 25. This testifies to the worldwide interest in the contest that aims to support young photographers in their efforts to upgrade their professional skills. Previously sent photos from the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Greece, India, Iran and Russia have been joined by photos from Bangladesh, Peru, Venezuela, Vietnam and Indonesia. Photos will be received on the contest’s site,, until April 15, 2015.

The theme of the photos has changed in the first three weeks of March – photos in the Everyday Life category prevail for the first time since the start of the contest. About half of all of the photos depict genre scenes of urban life, nature, portraits of children and adults against a city backdrop, and the daily life in the tundra.

“Increasing the participation of foreign photographers in the contest is important,” Head of Rossiya Segodnya’s Photo Department Alexander Shtol, who is in charge of the contest, said. “There are no political or national borders for documentary photography. The example of Andrei Stenin, a master who brilliantly fulfilled his professional duty, shows that his young colleagues from all over the world may reach the acme of perfection. I am glad that our contest helps young photo reporters in their striving to upgrade professional skills.”

Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

The Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency has organized the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest underthe aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. The award ceremony will take place in Moscow on June 3, 2015.

The goal of the contest is to raise awareness about the challenges of photojournalism and support younger photographers. It gives representatives of the world photography community an opportunity to discover new names in photojournalism, promote high standards in the profession, and help formulate quality criteria for documentary photography in Russia and the rest of the world.

The contest, open to those age 18 to 33, is aimed at supporting younger photographers as they hone their professional skills. Photos are accepted in four major categories: Top News, Current Issues, Sports, and Everyday Life. The jury will select three prize winners in each category. The winner of the Grand Prix will be selected by a majority of the jury from the best photos in all categories. Top prize in each category is 50,000 rubles, while the first and second runners-up receive 35,000 and 25,000 rubles, respectively. The winner of the Grand Prix for the most impressive and captivating photo will receive 500,000 rubles.

Media Partners of International Press Photo Contest are:  Xinhua News Agency , the Royal Photographic Society,  the Indonesian Press Photo Agency Antara FotoRT, RBTH (Russia Beyond the Headlines) , The Moscow International Centre for Journalism (MICJ),  Tutto Digitale Magazine, the Academy of Photography, online newspaper, Foto&Video magazine,  agency portal,  Fototehnika portal, the Moscow Union of Journalists, Russian Photo portal, photography education web site, web platform for young journalists and club.

For more information about the contest and the jury members, visit the website at