The shortlist has been announced for the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The contest is being held by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the RF Commission for UNESCO. It includes 30 finalists from 13 countries, whose entries, in the jury’s opinion, combine deep insight into the theme chosen by each participant, high professionalism, elements of photojournalism and art photography, and original interpretation. The complete list of finalists is available at: http://stenincontest.com/news/20150430/26518.html
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 3, 2015 in Moscow. The cash awards are 50,000, 35,000 and 25,000 rubles for first, second and third places, respectively. A special prize — the 500,000-ruble Grand Prix — will be awarded for the overall best entry.
The shortlist was chosen from some 5,000 entries submitted from 54 countries. The jury, which is headed by Jason Eskenazi, a prominent American photographer, and includes leading Russian and international photo and art figures, considered the entries in four main categories: Top News, Current Issues, Sports and Everyday Life. The entries in each category were divided into two streams: series and single images. The voting was held in two-stages: private evaluation and open discussion. The jury then drew up a shortlist and voted for the winners.