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    BERLIN (Sputnik) - An exhibition by the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, opened Monday in Berlin, featuring several dozen award-winning photographs from the 2018 contest from Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

    "The exhibition enjoys significant success. We had exhibitions, for example, at [All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society’s Gallery] and we were greeted there as if we were cinema stars […] Obviously, it is largely due to the quality of the current works. We can argue that the contest is developing and showing a new, higher standard of excellence every year", Rossiya Segodnya Director of Photography Alexander Shtol told Sputnik.

    READ MORE: Andrei Stenin Photo Contest 2019 Sets Record With Participants From 80 Countries

    According to Shtol, the contest has been particularly attractive to young photographers interested in further artistic development.

    Meanwhile, it turned out that many visitors to the exhibition did not know why the contest was named after Andrei Stenin.

    "We will be explaining that — where and why Andrei Stenin was killed. Perhaps, not everyone wants to know that. But I am confident that history will judge us and [these developments] will once receive a correct assessment", Shtol said.

    The exhibition is being held at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Berlin and will run through 7 April.

    The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was first organized in December 2014 in memory of Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin. He was killed while on assignment in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on 6 August,2014, after his car burned down after being shot at on a highway. The photo contest aims to promote young photographers and attract public attention to photojournalism.

    READ MORE: Stenin Contest Winner Speaks About Challenges Facing Photojournalists

    In 2019 the general media partners of the contest include the news website Vesti.Ru and the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel. The international information partners of the contest include Sputnik International Information Agency and Radio, Askanews Information Agency, Independent Media Holding, Notimex News Agency, ANA News Agency, RT channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), China Daily website, PNA news agency, AlYoum AlSabee newspaper and website, The Paper website, Al Mayadeen media network, Prensa Latina Information Agency, The Nation media group and Renminwang website. The industry partners supporting the contest are the Russian Photo and Photo-study.ru websites, School of Visual Arts, Academy of Photography, the YOung JOurnalists information portal, National Geographic Russia magazine, the Contrastes magazine, the Fotoargenta magazine, the All About Photo website, Cuartoscuro magazine, Delhi Photography Club, EYE Photo magazine and PhotON festival as an international partner.

    The exhibitions of the 2018 contest's best photographs have already been showcased in Argentina, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the United States.

    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.

    READ MORE: 'Stenin Contest is Best Platform for a Photographer' – 2016&2017 Contest Winner


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