The contest covers four continents, stretching from Europe and North and South America to Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Russian participants are drawn from all parts of the country – from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok and Nakhodka. The awards ceremony will take place on June 3 in Moscow.
Alexander Shtol, director of Rossiya Segodnya's Photo Information Directorate, said:
"It is very important for Rossiya Segodnya as the contest organizer that the project has proved so popular within the Russian and international photo community. The number of participating countries has exceeded all expectations. We thank everyone who has submitted an entry to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest and wish all young photographers success and new creative endeavors."
The project, initiated by Rossiya Segodnya, is aimed at promoting photography, raising awareness about the purpose and challenges of photojournalism, and supporting young photographers. It will introduce members of the world photography community to new names, support high standards in photojournalism, and help establish quality criteria for documentary photography in Russia and abroad.
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest is being supported by the Xinhua News Agency, the Royal Photographic Society, the Indonesian Press Photo Agency Antara Foto, RT, RBTH (Russia Beyond the Headlines), The Moscow International Centre for Journalism (MICJ), Tutto Digitale Magazine, the Academy of Photography, Vesti.ru online newspaper, Foto&Video magazine, Geophoto.ru agency, jourdom.ru portal, Fototehnika portal, Russian Photo, the Moscow Union of Journalists, photo-study.ru photography education web site, Russian Photo portal, School of Visual Arts, YOJO.ru web platform for young journalists and Foto.ru club.