02 April 2016
Moscow, March 24 - About 6000 entries by young photojournalists from 71 countries, including Russia, have been submitted to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The contest is run by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO. The contest covers five continents, stretching from Europe and North and South America to Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Russian participants are drawn from all corners of the country – from Kaliningrad, Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok and Yalta. The most popular categories according to the number of entries are “My Country”, “Portraits: A Hero of Our Time” and “World Colors. Harmony of Life”. The awards ceremony and accompanying exhibition will take place in Moscow on August 2016. Contest winners will receive cash prizes and an opportunity to exhibit in Russia and abroad.
“This year, we set a record in terms of the geography of international participants - photographers from all five continents took part in the competition. This international attention the competition has attracted shows that it is sought after by the Russian and international photo community as the main platform in Russia to discover new photojournalists. We thank everyone who submitted an entry to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest and wish to all our contestants success,” Alexander Shtol, director of Rossiya Segodnya’s Photo Information Directorate, said.
The prize fund is 50,000, 35,000 and 25,000 rubles for the first, second and third place in each of the four main categories: Breaking News, Sport, My Country, Portraits: A Hero of Our Time and World Colors. Harmony of Life. A special prize — the 500,000-ruble Grand Prix — will be awarded by a panel jury to an entry chosen by majority vote from among the best entries in all categories.