“Today, you see the winners of the fourth contest. The colleagues of Andrei [Stenin] from 77 countries have sent 6,000 works for the competition. The [showpieces by] the competition's finalists are exhibited here. These are the photographs about our life, about people, about coping. Photography is great because it does not require translation, it is universal,” Volin said at the opening ceremony.
The exposition includes a series of works by Russian photographer Alena Kochetkova, documenting her fight with cancer. The series have brought her the Grand Prix of the contest.
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 August 6, 2014 after his car was shot at and burned on a highway. The photo contest aims to promote young photographers and attract public attention to photojournalism.
The contest’s general information partners included the news website Vesti.Ru, the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel. The international media partners included Sputnik news agency and Radio, Notimex news agency, RT TV channel and news site, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), ANA news agency, TeleSUR international informative multiplatform, the China Daily website and others.