MOSCOW, Russia – Cape Town photographer Justin Sullivan and his documentary series Walking with Fire: Going Beyond won the online poll of the Andrei Stenin Photo Contest. His story about the fight against fire, a plague that destroys hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest in South Africa, stands between arthouse and photojournalism.
Sullivan himself said the photos “represent the intrinsic mix of beauty versus destruction that Mother Nature can offer.” The series has become an absolute leader of the poll and got more than 25% of the online votes.
Looking back on his work on the series, Sullivan said: “ The 'Wild Fire' images have been part of an ongoing project over the past 3 years and it brings me unimaginable Joy to see South African fire fighters from various agencies featured on an international platform. I’ve invested a huge part of my life over the past 3 years to become a fully trained wildland firefighter, spending countless nights high up in the mountains with firefighting teams and made countless sacrifices on a personal level. More so, the feature in the contest promotes further interest in Fires on a global scale and will hopefully continue to drive investment and environmental conservation for the industry.”
The online poll winner will receive a diploma along with the contest winners that will be announced atstenincontest.com on August 6, 2018. The award ceremony will take place in the fall, followed by an exhibition of the winning photographs 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, Photo-study.ru 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)