Entries for Andre Stenin Contest is open Now

Submission of Entries Opens for Andrei Stenin Contest 2021

The seventh Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest kicks off in Moscow. As per tradition, the submission of young photographers’ entries opens on the birthday of Rossiya Segodnya’s special photo correspondent after whom the contest was named.

Professional photographers aged 18-33 can apply through stenincontest.ru (http://stenincontest.ru) in Russian, English (https://stenincontest.com) and Chinese (https://cn.stenincontest.com). Photo series and single photos can be submitted in four categories Top News, Sport, My Planet, and Portrait: A Hero of Our Time. One single entry and one photo series can be submitted in each of the four categories. Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2021.

In 2021, the prize fund will be 125,000, 100,000 and 75,000 rubles for the first, second and third places in each category. The winner of the highest Stenin contest award – the Grand Prix – will receive 700,000 rubles.

Of no less importance is the fact that young photojournalists will have the opportunity to show their works at Russian and international venues – a touring exhibition of the winning entries has become an integral part of the project and has been shown in dozens of cities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Since 2018, the New York headquarters of the main international organization for strengthening peace and security in all countries, the United Nations (UN) has been one of the exhibit venues for Stenin contest winners. Since 2019, the contest’s exhibitions are also held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Oksana Oleinik, the curator of the photo contest and the head of the Visual Projects Service at Rossiya Segodnya, commented the launch of the 2021 contest: “Launching another year of our contest is always like a shot of adrenalin for us. It means joyful anticipation of new works, new names, and new discoveries. This year, the start of the contest in such difficult conditions all over the world – during the COVID-19 pandemic – is also symbolic. New realities can change habits, dictate new conditions of work, but they cannot change basic values such as professionalism, the desire to create and share your ideas and vision of the world with a potential audience. Our contest is proceeding as planned. We believe it’s the same for our participants. We hope and wait for them to send new works, perspectives, and new topics. And, of course, we wish them good luck and victory!”

The 2020 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest was supported by major Russian and international media, news agencies and the photo community. Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), the China Daily web portal, the Al Mayadeen Arab media network, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world, were partners of several categories.

About the contest

The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, aims to support young photographers and draw public attention to the challenges of photojournalism today. It is a platform for young photographers – talented and sensitive individuals open to all things new – to highlight people and events near us.

2020 Stenin contest partners

General media partners:  Vesti.Ru news website and the nationwide state  Rossiya K TV Channel (Russia Culture). International media partners: Sputnik news agency and radio, Askanews news agency,  Independent Media multi-platform company, Notimex news agency, ANA news agency, RT TV channel and website, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG)China Daily website, The Paper website, Al Mayadeen media network, Prensa Latina news agency, News1 news agency, DBW website and Brasil 247 website. Industry media partners: National Geographic Russia magazine,  Russian Photo website, Photo-study.ru website, Photo AcademyYOung JOurnalists website, Fotoargenta magazine, Delhi Photography Club, Enfoque Visual magazine and LF Magazine, the All About Photo website. International exhibition partner: PhotOn Festival.

Photographer robbed at Dhanuri Wetlands . Shocking News

News Alert : Dhanuri wetland

This is not the first of its kind of incidence that has taken place in the area. Previously also it happened but still photography enthusiasts and wildlifers continue to visit.You might be feeling why we are posting this piece of information on DPC . The reason is to make you aware that it is very important to go in a group . You could choose to be part of a big group or a small group . Male group or a female group but please try to go in a group. And if you are going with a group of like minded people and people who know the place then safety is assured.Many people who started their photography in Delhi NCR with Photowalks with Delhi Photography Club (DPC ) now the importance of being in the company of like minded people and peer learning .

I am 100% sure that the gentleman who was robbed was neither a newcomer nor first timer to the place. As in the video you can see the attire. The only thing that was missing was the group . Many times we get carried away that we want to visit a place alone as when you go with a group there are chances of disturbing the birds. I would also agree but it is extremely important to be safe. And above all we should not forget that we carry expensive camera’s and lenses. Aa everyone these days everyone knows the monetary value of these products ie cameras and lenses. I am thankful to the god that despite having a revolver these robbers have not done any harm to the people. And please do remember the place is in Uttar Praresh (UP).

This morning while I was browsing through WhatsApp , I happened to see this disturbing Video shared in the DPC whatsapp group about Dhanuri Wetlands where a photographer has been robbed off. Yes he was carrying a Nikon D4S camera ( high end camera in Nikon) along with Zoom lens 200-500 mm. The incident that happened at (https://youtu.be/qxUY44gzha8 Link of the video) Dhanuri wetlands is shocking as DPC is also visiting this site as the site is very famous for Saras Cranes . Currently these Saras Cranes are hatching eggs and adding new members to the family which is obviously a photo moment rather a photo treasure for the photography enthusiasts .Dahnuri wetland is situated some 18 kms from greater noida and lies in the close proximity to Bhatta Parsol Village. The wetlands are very popular amongst enthusiasts in the last 3-4 years as this is the dwelling place for largest Saras cranes in Asia. This wetland has over 42 pairs of cranes and houses other varieties of birds in the area.

So my last request to all the hobbyists, Amateurs , Beginners, Enthusiasts and Professionals . It is extremely important to be safe . Try having a group and if you don’t have one, Please wait for a Photowalk or Photo trip being organised by someone experienced.Stay safe . Keep Clicking .

Photo Courtesy : Avanish Dureha

Results of Andre Stenin Contest 2020 are out

Дым горящих пастбищ. Урожай беды

Луис Тато

Grazing smoke, harvesting fear

Luis Tato


Искаженные горизонты

Йунес Хани Сомех Софлаи


Distorted horizons

Younes Hani Someeh Soflaei


Бокситовый рудник  –  источник алюминия

Кевин Краутгартнер


The face of bauxite mining – the source of our aluminum

Kevin Krautgartner


Старообрядцы несут крест, чтобы установить его на месте скитов

Федор Телков


Old Believers carry a cross to erect it on the site of the hermitages

Fyodor Telkov


Час синевы

Балаз Бели


Blue hour

Balazs Beli


Жизнь на краю

Сумит Саньял


Living on the edge

Sumit Sanyal


Круг жизни

Шон Cтейнингер


Circle of lIfe

Sean Steininger


Розовый фестиваль

Шубхам Котавале


Pink festival

Shubham Kothavale


Рыбалка на Джамуне

Абдул Момин


Fishing at Jamuna

Abdul Momin


«Кватрани». Дети землетрясения

Данило Гарсия Ди Мео



Danilo Garcia Di Meo


Поклонницы цвета

Шива Хадеми


The Smarties

Shiva Khademi


Многоликий народ бухурупи

Сантану Дей


Bahurupi – people with many faces

Santanu Dey


Пещера Гилиндире. На одном дыхании

Шебнем Кошкун


Gilindire Cave – single breath

Sebnem Coskun


Теракт в отеле DusitD2

Луис Тато


DusitD2 terror attack

Luis Tato


Эбола: Демократическая Республика Конго

Джон Весселс


Ebola – Democratic Republic of the Congo

John Wessels

South Africa

Не время для безгрешности

Бруно Тевенин 


Absent innocence

Bruno Thevenin


Interview of Harish Tyagi : EPA and Jury Andre Stenin Contest 2020

 If the image is strong enough and connects emotionally with the viewer,   you have succeded as a photographer

Chief photographer (Indian sub-continent) for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA)

Q. The outcome of every contest depends on the experts judging it. But jurors are just human beings with their subjective views and professional likes and dislikes. What could help you keep an open mind and avoid current influences/trends/clichés? 

A. The digital world has had an overhauling impact on photography – the way it is shot, edited, viewed and transmitted. It has reduced the time lag between an event and the point where the photograph is seen by the end viewer. As for profession and passion – if you want to feel rooted to your work and enjoy it  cannot be done without passion.

Photojournalism mostly involve human interest stories. From disasters to famines to current affairs and daily life the gamut of the medium rotates around the person on the street and the public at large.

It is very important for a photographer or if your are a Jury member,  to connect with viewers or photo enthusiasts emotionally.

The more work experience you have better you connect with the images, for example,  if a Jury  looking and trying to form a conclusion on  the set of images on the earthquake and a Jury member himself or herself being in that same situation in the past, will surely help the Jury member to gain a better understanding about the photographer’s effort he or she put in taking the picture.

For me if the image is strong enough and connects emotionally with the viewer or jury,   you have succeded as a photographer and you deserve to be a winner.

Q. Since its invention, photography has been positioned as an independent art form that doesn’t need any additional formats to explain the themes or subjects in the image.  However, today photographers make use of a multitude of other formats to express their meaning more clearly. Many photo projects are based on multimedia formats. Is the art of photography driving itself into a corner by abandoning the purity of the genre, which is a direct dialogue between the image and the viewer?

A.Well, there is no comparison between the social media ( that include every platform that photographers are using to reach their followers )  and mainstream media as mainstream media still holds credibility and helps the masses to shape their thoughts. In my opinion any social media can be a good platform to advertise your work and to interact with your followers but surely it is not very reliable unless you know the photographer personally or understand the background of his work.

Multimedia and other formats can help for the overall understanding for your photographic project but there is a risk element in that if you have other stuff more then the visuals. The risk of  only being impressive but not being expressive enough.

Indeed “A picture is Worth a Thousand Words” today as anytime before. Even bloggers need photographs to weave their story. The two complement each other. The impact of a photograph actually gives the story mileage than the other way round.

Q. What can make you exclaim about a photo: “Well done!”?
 A. When I  work or look into on a long projects I like to spend some researching and reading about the subject. I feel the more indepth knowledge one  should have about subject the better the depth with which one can portray in it. Ultimately photographs have to speak for themselves and retain a timeless appeal.

Like I said before For me if the image is strong enough and connects emotionally with the viewer or jury,   you have succeded as a photographer and you deserve to be a winner.

DPC Presents Delhi During the Lockdown – Part II

DPC presents amazing photos of Lockdown in various parts of Delhi: Photo Story

Beautiful moment , Delhi during lockdown 🔐 Part II

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