Stenin photo contest receives 6,000 entries

MOSCOW, Russia – Almost 6,000 photographs from 77 countries were received in the first stage of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest.

The number of entries increased since last year, with the number of foreign applicants doubling.

The contest, launched in Russia in memory of Andrei Stenin, the late Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist, is rising to new heights.

“The number of participants of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest continues to grow year after year. The contest is becoming more popular among young photojournalists from all over the world,” said Oksana Oleinik, curator of the contest and head of the Photo Projects Desk at Rossiya Segodnya.

“We believe that it proves that the contest is gaining professional prominence in the global community of photographers."

This year, the first entries in the history of the contest were received from 8 new countries: Cambodia, Togo, Ecuador, Namibia, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. At this point, we can already say that most of the entries for the 2018 contest are focused on major problems of the modern world, which photographers expressed in powerful images,” he added.

The next stage is the selection of the winning entries by an international jury. Experts in photography will be reviewing the work of young journalists from all over the world.

The list of countries with the most number of entries includes Russia, China, India, Italy, the US and Turkey.

The contest’s short list will be published on May 22, at

The award ceremony and the winning entries’ exhibition will be held this autumn.

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. (PR)