MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Over 800 photos from 25 countries have been submitted to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest with just one month left till the entry deadline.
The contest, named after a Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist who was killed while covering the events in eastern Ukraine, was organized by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.
Photos can be submitted on the contest site, stenincontest.ru until April 15.
Photos have been submitted from the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Greece, India, Iran, Russia, Bangladesh, Peru, Venezuela, Vietnam and Indonesia. The theme of the photos has changed in the first three weeks of March – photos in the Everyday Life category have topped submissions for the first time since the start of the contest. About half of the photos depict genre scenes of urban life, nature, portraits of children and adults against a city backdrop, and even daily life in the tundra.
“Increasing the participation of foreign photographers in the contest is important,” Head of Rossiya Segodnya’s Photo Department Alexander Shtol, who is in charge of the contest, said.
Stenin went missing on August 5, 2014 in eastern Ukraine while on an editorial assignment. In September 2014, investigators confirmed that the photojournalist died near Donetsk
He was awarded the Russian Order of Courage posthumously for bravery and heroism in the performance of his professional duties.