Andrei Stenin Int’l Press Photo contest opens online vote

Moscow, Russia – The annual Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by the Rossiya Segodnya media group under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, is calling on internet users to choose the best photos from the 2018 shortlist.

The online vote is underway on the website. Any user with accounts on the VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter or Weibo (China) social networks can vote for their favorite photo by July 18, 11:59 pm MT.

The winners will be announced on July 19, and the photographer of the most popular online photo will receive a contest certificate. Ahmet Sel, who is in charge of the Turkish news agency Anadolu Ajansi’s photo service, heads the international jury consisting of representatives of leading international news agencies, such as AFP (France), Anadolu Ajansi (Turkey) and Notimex (Mexico), as well as world-famous professional photographers and photo editors.

Photo by Younes Khani Someeh Soflaei/Stenincontest
Photo by Luis Tato/Stenincontest

This is the third online vote during the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The online audience’s 2016 and 2017 picks showed their unbiased opinion of modern photography. In 2016, Egyptian photographer Gehad Hamdy won the contest after internet users chose his color graphics The Knights image. In 2017, photographer Tabyldy Kadyrbekov from Kyrgyzstan won the contest with his Candy Floss Lady genre sketch.

According to contest supervisor Oksana Oleinik, who runs Rossiya Segodnya’s Visual Projects Service, the choice of internet users highlights important aspects of modern photography that concern them.

“Their opinion may or may not coincide with that of professional jury members, but this is what the main intrigue is all about: What photos will the public, for whom they are taken, prefer?,” he said.

The prizes will be announced on August 6 at The award ceremony will take place in the fall followed by an exhibition of the winning works in Moscow.

About the contest:

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.

The contest’s general information partners include: the news website Vesti.Ru, the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel, news website ZhurDom and the Russian Photo website. International media partners include Sputnik News Agency and Radio, Askanews news agency, Independent Media holding, Notimex news agency, RT TV channel and news site, The Royal Photographic Society, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), news agencyANA, TeleSUR international informative multiplatform, China Daily web-site, Frontline magazine, The Philippine News Agency, AlYoum AlSabee, The Paper, Radio Republik Indonesia, BERNAMA news agency, Antara news agency, Al Mayadeen. Industry media partners include the Academy of Photography, GeoPhoto agency, educational portal, the Union of Journalists of Moscow, the Union of Art Photographers of Russia, Young Journalists information portal and the festivals Fotoistanbul, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO. (Rossiya Segodnya Press Service)