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The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2019

Entry has opened for the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2019, Russia’s only platform for discovering new photojournalists.

The contest is open to all young professional photographers around the world of at least 18 years of age and not older than 33.

The Grand Prize for 2019 is RUB 700,000 and there are three other monetary prizes for the best work in each competition category.

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.

The 2019 competition includes the following nominations & categories:

  1. Top News — Single/Series
  2. Sports — Single/Series
  3. My Planet — Single/Series
  4. Portrait. A Hero of Our Time — Single/Series
  5. Inspiration — Single

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest was established on 22 December 2014. The contest is run by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO. The contest is named after the special correspondent of Rossiya Segodnya, Andrei Stenin who 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.

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 2nd of November, 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 22nd of December. The date marks the birthday of Andrei Stenin.