The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was established on December 22, 2014 by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the Russian Federation’s Commission for UNESCO. The Stenin Contest is the only competition in Russia that discovers new names in international photojournalism and develops quality standards for documentary photography. The contest is aimed at supporting young photo journalists aged 18 to 33 in their striving for top professionalism. The contest was launched in memory of Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who died while on assignment in August 2014.
The contest offers young photo journalists an opportunity to make their concerns known. The main themes of the contest include global humanitarian challenges, national identity, social equality and the environment. The number of contest participants and the countries they come from has been growing every year. The contest itself is gaining popularity also thanks to the exhibitions of the winning entries, which have become an integral part of the event. They have been held in dozens of countries, including China, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary and Poland.
In 2019 the contest set a new record – around 6,000 entries from 80 countries were submitted.
In 2018, the New York headquarters of the world’s largest peace and security organization, the UN, joined the venues where the winning entries are exhibited.
The annual application period started on December 22, the birthday of Andrei Stenin. The entries will be accepted on the contest’s website until February 29, 2020 in Russian, English and Chinese.
Website and aplications: http://stenincontest.com
Participating countries: Any
- Top News – one photo image/series of images
- Sports – one photo image/series of images
- My Planet – one photo image/series of images
- A Hero of Our Time – one photo image/series of images
– Grand Prix – RUB 700,000 (seven hundred thousand)/about USD 10,700.
– First Place for one photo image/series of images in each category – RUB 125,000 (one hundred and twenty-five thousand)/about USD 1900.
– Second Place for one photo image/series of images in each category – RUB 100,000 (one hundred thousand)/about USD 1500.
– Third Place for one photo image/series of images in each category – RUB 75,000 (seventy-five thousand)/about USD 1150.
The 2019 international jury included top photojournalists and editors from the world’s leading periodicals: James Hill, British photographer of The New York Times, the second largest newspaper in the United States; Peter Bitzer, managing director of laif, one of Germany’s top travel photography and journalism agencies; Alice Gabriner, head of photography and international photo editor at Time, one of the most popular weekly magazines in the United States; Cho Bo Hee, deputy department head at the leading Korean news agency Yonhap; Anatoly Maltsev, staff photographer for the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA); Alberto Prina, the founder and coordinator of the annual Festival of Ethical Photography (Festival della Fotografia Etica) held in Lodi, Italy.
Contest Sponsors may also offer additional prizes.
Intellectual property: For the purposes of this Contest, the Contest Participants grant the Organizer the right to use the Photo Images submitted to the Contest.
Right of use:
For the purposes of this Contest, the Contest Participants grant the Organizer the right to use the Photo Images submitted to the Contest. Contest Participant concludes the Agreement with a Contest Organizer by accepting the Offer. 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.