Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest is open to participants aged 18 to 33 that aims to promote young photographers and support them in their strive for professional perfection.


To develop and improve professional photojournalism in Russia and around the world.

Contest Objectives

  • To perpetuate the memory of Andrei Stenin, a Russian journalist and Rossiya Segodnya photo correspondent who was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage for the bravery and heroism he demonstrated in the performance of his professional duties.

  • To support and promote high standards of photojournalism and documentary photography in Russia and around the world.

  • To promote photography and raise public awareness about photojournalism.

  • To support young photographers.


  • Top News. Important events in the life of individuals and nations as a whole are the main subject of entries in the category: major political and social events; reports from war zones and places struck by natural disasters; decisive moments in people’s lives.

  • Sports. This category involves entries, which captured moments in sport: victories of athletes and dramatic losses; daily sports training; the beauty of sports competitions.

  • My Planet. This category involves entries reflecting the entire multicolored palette of topics and images from all over the world. The author’s task is to show an everyday life kaleidoscope in its timeless beauty and harmony, uniting scenes from everyday life; the life of big cities and small towns; nature pictures; ethnographic and religious holidays.

  • Portrait. A Hero of the Time. This category involves entries such as individual or group portraits of people. Photos can be documentary and posed. The determining factor in this category is the author’s ability to reveal the inner world of his characters, express their mental qualities and character through the uniqueness of their appearance and looks as a whole.

    Contest Prizes

    The Grand Prize winner will receive RUB 700,000
    (seven hundred thousand).

  • The first place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images will receive RUB 125,000 (one hundred twenty-five thousand).

  • The second place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images will receive RUB 100,000 (one hundred thousand).

  • The third place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images will receive RUB 75,000 (seventy- five thousand).
    Contest Sponsors and/or Partners may also offer additional prizes.

    Eligibility Criteria

  • The Contest is open to Russian and foreign nationals who are professional photographers. The age limits for Contest Participants: at least 18 and no more than 33 years old at the time of the Contestant’s submission of Photo Image(s) to the Contest.

  • The Contestant may submit only one Photo Image (Series of Images) in each category.

  • Entry for the competition is free of charge. Determination of the Winners and Runners-up of the Competition is not accidental. The Contest is not a lottery.

  • Entries will be disqualified at the prequalification stage if they do not comply with the requirements for the theme and/or category, as well as with the objectives and tasks of the Contest; or

  • Contain unethical and/or obscene expressions/images and erotic and/or pornographic information; or

  • Contain obscene and/or abusive images, including those regarding an individual’s sex, race, nationality, occupation, social background, age and native tongue, official state symbols (flags, state emblems and national anthems), religious symbols, and cultural heritage sites; or

  • Contain calls for violence, promote terrorism, extremism and fascism and incite ethnic, racial, religious and other hatred; or

  • Contain advertisements; or
    offend the dignity of other Contest Participants or other people; or

  • Infringe upon a third party’s rights; or
    break any other rule hereof.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

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