MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Online users can vote on the contest website stenincontest.ru until 11:59 p.m. Moscow time (20:59 GMT) on July 18. To vote, users must be signed up to Vkontakte, Facebook, Twitter social networks or the Chinese microblogging website Weibo.
The author of the most popular photo will receive a certificate, while the winners will be selected by the professional jury and will be announced on August 7, 2017. The jury includes experts of the Russian and international photography and art communities and is headed by Stern Director of Photography Andreas Trampe.
In 2016, a photo called The Knights, made by the Egyptian photojournalist Gehad Hamdy, won the online competition, with 6,000 photos from 71 countries taking part in the contest. The winners' photographs were exhibited in Moscow, Istanbul, Cape Town, Shanghai, Beijing, Cairo, Berlin, Rome, Maribor and Ljubljana.
This year, about 5,000 photos from 76 countries in four category nominations: "Top News," "Sports," "My Planet" and "Portrait. A Hero of Our Time" were received. Only shortlisted photos are eligible for the online poll.
- Journalists by the photo exposition of Andrei Stenin, a photo correspondent of the Rossiya Segodnya news agency, who was killed in Ukraine while performing his professional duty.© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev
- Photo exhibition of the winning entries of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest – 2015. File photo© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich
- A memorial plaque on the wall of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency honoring Rossiya Segodnya press photographer Andrei Stenin who was killed in the line of duty in 2014 in Ukraine.© Sputnik /
- Flash mob in support of photographer Andrei Stenin© Sputnik /
The international media partners of the contest include Sputnik News Agency and Radio, the Askanews news agency, the Independent Media holding, the Notimex news agency, the RT TV channel and news site, The Royal Photographic Society, the Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), the Xinhua news agency, the ANDES news agency, the news agency ANA and Al Mayadeen TV channel.
The industry media partners include the Academy of Photography, the GeoPhoto agency, the Photo-study.ru educational portal, the Bleek Magazine, the Union of Journalists of Moscow, the Union of Art Photographers of Russia, Young Journalists information portal, and the festivals PhotoVisa and Uglich Photo Parade.
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest aims to support young photographers and to draw public attention to the challenges of photojournalism in today’s world.
The international photo contest was first organized in December 2014 in memory of Stenin who was killed in eastern Ukraine on August 6, 2014, when the car he was driving while on an editorial assignment was shot at and burned on a highway.