The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest was established on December 22, 2014. The contest is run by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO. It is an annual contest for young photojournalists aged between 18 and 33 years old. It is Russia’s only platform for discovering new photojournalists and for allowing them to make a name for themselves on the world photojournalism stage.
The contest is named after the special correspondent of the Rossiya Segodnya Andrei Stenin died in Donbass near Donetsk in August 2014. For the courage and heroism shown while doing his professional duty, Andrei Stenin was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage of the Russian Federation. In tribute to his memory the Rossiya Segodnya media group set up an annual competition named after him.
Every year, the contest allows young photojournalists from around the globe to show us what moves and concerns them. Among the main issues contestants address are global humanitarian challenges, preserving national identity and traditions, social equality and environment. Since the first year of the contest, the number of participating countries and entries has grown every year. The contest is expanding also thanks to international tours of exhibitions of winning photographs which have become an integral part of the contest. Exhibitions have been hosted in dozens of countries, including China, South Africa, Mexico, Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Poland and many others.
In 2018, around 6000 entries by young photojournalists from 77 countries were submitted to the contest. A preview of the 2018 exhibition took place at the UN Headquarters in New York on November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The exhibition was attended by Alison Smale, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications and Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya.
Every year, the annual submission period starts on December, 22. The date marks the birthday of Andrei Stenin.
Applications can now be submitted to the stenincontest.com website through February 28, 2019.
Contest Themes: all subject
Eligibility: Open to Worldwide
Entry Fee: None
Nominations & Categories:
- Top News – Single/Series
- Sports – Single/Series
- My Planet – Single/Series
- Portrait. A Hero of Our Time – Single/Series
- Inspiration – Single
– The Grand Prize winner – RUB 700,000 (seven hundred thousand).
– The first place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images – RUB 100,000 (one hundred thousand).
– The second place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images – RUB 75,000 (seventy five thousand).
– The third place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images – RUB 50,000 (fifty thousand).
Contest sponsors may also offer additional prizes.
Copyright: For the purposes of this Contest, the Contest Participants grant the Organizer the right to use the Photo Images submitted to the Contest.
A complete list of requirements and rules can be found here:
Usage Right: For the purposes of this Contest, the Contest Participants grant the Organizer the right to use the Photo Images submitted to the Contest. Contest Participants who accepted the Offer grant the Organizer a non-exclusive license to use the Photo Images for the purposes of the Contest by the means stated in the Offer. The License to use the Photo Images is granted by the Contest Participant free of charge and from the date when the Contest Participant transfers the Photo Images to the Organizer by uploading them to the Website until the end of the Contest.
About the contest:
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was launched by Rossiya Segodnya under the aegis of the Russian Commission for UNESCO. Its main goal is to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of modern photojournalism. This contest is a platform for young photographers; talented, empathetic and open-minded, they draw our attention to people and events around us.
In 2018, the contest jury included representatives from the world’s leading news agencies: AFP (France), Anadolu Ajansi (Turkey), Notimex (Mexico), as well as world-class photographers and editors. The jury was chaired by Ahmet Sel, who is Visual News Editor in Chief for Anadolu Agency (Turkey).