Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest open for entries

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest aims to promote and support young photojournalists aged between 18 and 33.

The fifth edition of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest is underway and photo journalists from across the world have until February 29, 2020 to submit their work.

“The Andrei Stenin Contest is entering a new phase in 2020. We marked the first five years in 2019, and we would like the next five, ten or more years to see the competition develop and grow dynamically,” said Oksana Oleinik, the curator of the photo contest and the head of the Visual Projects Service at Rossiya Segodnya.


Rossiya Segodnya is a Russian news agency where the late Andrei Stenin worked before his death in 2014.


“We are looking forward to even more participants next year, and more interesting works. Discovering new names in photography is an incredibly exciting and responsible task, and I'm sure the international jury will do a great job in 2020. We invite young photojournalists from around the world to participate in the 2020 contest and we wish them all good luck,” Oleinik added.


The contest started accepting submissions on December 22, the birthday of Andrei Stenin.

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest which was established by Rossiya Segodny in memory of Andrei Stenin in 2014, aims to promote and support young photojournalists aged between 18 and 33.

Submissions will be accepted until February 29, 2020. Photo series and single photos can be submitted through the website in Russian, English and Chinese.

The 2020 competition includes four categories Top News, Sport, My Planet, and Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. One single entry and one photo series can be submitted in each of the four categories.

Cash awards for the 2020 competition are 125,000, 100,000 and 75,000 Russian Rubles for the first, second and third places in each category. The winner of the highest Stenin competition award – the Grand Prix – will receive 700,000 Russian Rubles.

Andrei Stenin

Apart from the financial side, the contest gives young photojournalists the opportunity to show their work at Russian and international venues – a touring exhibit of the winners has become an integral part of the project and has been shown in dozens of cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Since 2018, the New York headquarters of the main international organization for strengthening peace and security in all countries, the United Nations (UN) has been one of the exhibit venues for Stenin contest winners.

The 2019 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was supported by major Russian and international media, news agencies and the photo community. Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), the China Daily web portal, the Al Mayadeen Arab media network, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, awarded special prizes as partners of specific categories.

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 2019 the contest set new record - around 6000 entries from 80 countries across five continents were submitted. The 2019 winners represent 17 countries: Russia, France, the Philippines, Germany, India, Italy, the United States, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Portugal, Spain, Belarus and Egypt. India made it to the top three contributors by the number of works shortlisted, along with Russia and Iran, beating Spain, Egypt and Mexico.

The main topics of the 2019 photographs were global social challenges.

The young photographers did more than create a whole new visual language for describing them, combining various genres and formats. Their works do not simply identify the problems and expose their causes. The possible consequences of these problems — for the country, the region, or the entire planet — become central to their stories.

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