Professional photographers aged 18-33 can apply through stenincontest.ru in Russian, English and Chinese. Photo series and single photos can be submitted in 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. Submissions will be accepted until 28 February 2021.
In 2021, the prize fund will be 125,000, 100,000 and 75,000 rubles for the first, second and third places in each category. The winner of the highest Stenin contest award – the Grand Prix – will receive 700,000 rubles.
Of no less importance is the fact that young photojournalists will have the opportunity to show their works at Russian and international venues – a touring exhibition of the winning entries 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 United Nations (UN) has been one of the exhibit venues for Stenin contest winners. Since 2019, the contest’s exhibitions have also been held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Oksana Oleinik, the curator of the photo contest and the head of the Visual Projects Service at Rossiya Segodnya, commented on the launch of the 2021 contest: “Launching another year of our contest is always like a shot of adrenaline for us. It means joyful anticipation of new works, new names, and new discoveries. This year, the start of the contest in such difficult conditions all over the world – during the COVID-19 pandemic – is also symbolic. New realities can change habits and dictate new conditions of work, but they cannot change basic values such as professionalism, the desire to create and share your ideas and vision of the world with a potential audience. Our contest is proceeding as planned. We believe it’s the same for our participants. We hope and wait for them to send new works, perspectives, and new topics. And, of course, we wish them good luck and victory!”
The 2020 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, were partners of several categories.
About the contest
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, aims to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of photojournalism today. It is a platform for young photographers – talented and sensitive individuals open to all things new – to highlight people and events near us.
2020 Stenin contest partners
General media partners: Vesti.Ru news website and the nationwide state Rossiya K TV Channel (Russia Culture). International media partners: Sputnik news agency and radio, Askanews news agency, Independent Media multi-platform company, Notimex news agency, ANA news agency, RT TV channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), China Daily website, The Paper website, Al Mayadeen media network, Prensa Latina news agency, News1 news agency, DBW website and Brasil 247 website. Industry media partners: National Geographic Russia magazine, Russian Photo website, Photo-study.ru website, Photo Academy, YOung JOurnalists website, Fotoargenta magazine, Delhi Photography Club, Enfoque Visual magazine and LF Magazine, the All About Photo website. International exhibition partner: PhotOn Festival.