14 February 2016
Over 500 photos have been sent to the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest, which Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency is organizing under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. Since the start applications opened on 22 December, 2015, the number of participating countries has reached 20, including France, Switzerland, Brazil, India, Finland, Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Russia, Kazakhstan and others.
By far the most photographs have been submitted under the category My Country – as it has been through representations of their respective countries that participants have tried to visualize “А Path to Global Understanding”, the theme of the 2016 edition of the contest. Young photographers capture the essence of their country through the beauty of its wildlife, cityscapes, village scenes and the faces of its inhabitants, as well as through snapshots of difficult life situations people find themselves in. Entries may be submitted online through the site stenincontest.com until March 22, 2016. The awards ceremony and the opening of the corresponding photo exhibition is scheduled to take place on 30 August, 2016, in Moscow.
The contest is open to participants aged 18 to 33. It aims to promote young photographers and support them in their strive for professional perfection. Entries will be accepted in five categories: My Country, World Colors. Harmony of Life, Portraits: A Hero of Our Time, Breaking News and Sports.
Three winners will be announced in each category and a special prize — the 500,000-ruble Grand Prix — will be awarded for the overall best entry.
The jury comprises leading figures from both Russian and international photo community, including Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow House of Photography) Founder and Director Olga Sviblova, who is a member of the Russian Academy of Arts; Denis Paquin, Associated Press’ deputy director of photography; Zheng Wei, vice director of the Photographic News Department of China’s Xinhua News Agency; and Aldo Mendichi, an Italian photographer and organizer of educational courses and seminars, among others.