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Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest announces 2019 finalists

Posted on June 15, 2019 - By Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest
Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest announces 2019 finalists
Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest announces 2019 finalists
The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest has published the shortlist of the 2019 winners.

The competition jury, which included leading photographers and editors from world media outlets, chose the best pictures from the 6,000 works submitted. In 2019, photography professionals from 80 countries on all five continents contributed their images for the competition. All the shortlisted photographs are marked by a richness of the presentation and a depth of understanding of the topic.

The 2019 winners represent 17 countries: Russia, France, the Philippines, Germany, India, Italy, the United States, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Portugal, Spain, Belarus and Egypt. India made it to the top three contributors by the number of works shortlisted, along with Russia and Iran, beating Spain, Egypt and Mexico.

The main topics of the 2019 photographs were global social challenges. The young photographers did more than create a whole new visual language for describing them, combining various genres and formats. Their works do not simply identify the problems and expose their causes. The possible consequences of these problems — for the country, the region, or the entire planet — become central to their stories.

Basilo Sepe/Stenincontest

© Basilo Sepe/Stenincontest, Baywatch, Philippines, Top News Single

Oksana Oleinik, the curator of the photo contest and the head of the Visual Projects Service of the Rossiya Segodnya United Photo Information Directorate, commented on the 2019 winners: The quality of the finalists' works has been growing every year. The main indicator of their professionalism is not only the superb fluency in the language of photography. It is also reflected in their choice of topics, first of all, social issues, of which there are many this year. And it is not enough for young photographers to just indicate a problem. Modern photojournalism implies the ability to link its causes and effects, to look beyond its momentary expression. In this sense, photography has no equal, because its language is international.

Chairman of the Andrei Stenin Competition jury, British photographer James Hill from The New York Times (US), said: Well, what I found interesting was that the quality of the work in general was quite high. Of course, in different categories we had different strengths of winners, so in some cases we had a very hard time deciding which entries to give prizes to. And in other ones, there were entries which were obviously much better than the others. But at the same time I think that it was a complicated process for the jurors in that you have editors, you have photographers, you have different people looking at images, and looking at images or any kind of painting or photograph is a very subjective business. So in fact, what I really enjoyed was the discussion that took place as we each put forward the reasons for which we supported one entry or another, and the quality of the work was such that we had plenty to talk about.

Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu/Stenincontest

© Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu/Stenincontest, Turkey, Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival, Sports Series

As for the distribution of prizes in each category, and the winner of its main award, the Grand Prix, the intrigue will continue until September, when the Andrei Stenin Contest will announce the winners in a ceremony in Moscow. At the same time, an exhibition of their works will open, starting the traditional tour to different cities around the world.

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.

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 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.

Sergei Gapon/Stenincontest

© Sergei Gapon/Stenincontest, Belarus, Tundra Cup, Inspiration Single

Alexei Vasilyev/Stenincontest

© Alexei Vasilyev/Stenincontest, Russia, My Yakutia, My Planet Series

Alexei Vasilyev/Stenincontest

Internet users will be able to join the jury of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest by participating in the contest website's online vote launched to pick the internet's favorite entry. The vote for the contest's best photograph according to the internet will be open till July 31, 11:59 pm Moscow time. Anyone who has an account on VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter or the Chinese platform Weibo can vote. The results of the online vote will be announced on August 1; the photographer of the internet's favorite entry will be awarded with a certificate.

Together with the international exhibition tour, the online vote has become a long-standing tradition of the contest. Held for the fourth year in a row, it showcases the global audience's growing interest in photography as well as the quality of the contest, said Oksana Oleinik, curator of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest and head of the Visual Projects Service at Rossiya Segodnya.

The modern flow of information is a global world of visual imagery that does not need to be translated in order to be interpreted, she said. The number of people who appreciate photography grows every year, and the audience is becoming more selective. What they want to see is not just a colorful image, but rather the story behind it. The online vote always creates intrigue - will internet users make the same choice as the professional jury? In early August, we will find out the audience's shortlist favorites, while in September, we will learn the names of the winners selected by the professional international jury. Of course, we will also reveal the biggest secret of all - the name of the Grand Prix winner.

In September, a ceremony will be held in Moscow to announce the winners of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. Also, the contest photo exhibition will open and the traditional world tour of the winning entries will be launched.
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