The Andrei Stenin Press Photo Contest: Winner Exhibition 2017
The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest is an annual contest for young photojournalists aged between 18 and 33 years old. It is Russia’s only platform for discovering new photojournalists and for allowing them to make a name for themselves on the world photojournalism stage. In 2017, around 5000 entries by young photojournalists from 76 countries were submitted to the contest. The winning entries were exhibited around the world. In 2016 the exhibitions were run in Moscow, Istanbul, Cape Town, Cairo, Berlin, Shanghai, Rome, etc.
The exhibition of winning entries includes 50 works by young reporters from Russia, Spain, Greece, Serbia, Italy, India, China and South Africa.
For African participants, 2017 was a big year – South Africa’s Phandulwazi Jikelo won first place for his single “Grabouw housing protest” in the Top News category. Kenyan photographer Kevin Midigo took second place in the same category.
Their photographs, capturing fragments of political events, are part of a vivid kaleidoscope of issues that concern young photographers across the world. Among the central images of the fifty-piece exhibition are also the piercing story of people with little hope for the future, “Migrants in Belgrade”, by Spain’s Alejandro Martinez Velez; the “What?” series by Italian photographer Danilo Garcia Di Meo about a young Italian woman, Ambra, her courage and will to live; the black and white chronicle “Playing in the dark” by Russian Pavel Volkov about Paralympic soccer player Sergei Manzhos; and “Silent Howl” in which Shahnewaz Khan of Bangladesh dispassionately tells the story of children who are forced by circumstances to work to help their families survive.
2nd place, series: Grand Prix
Gabriele Micalizzi, Italy
LIBYA, SIRTE, 01/09/2016.
Ouagadougou Conference Center. Constructed by Italian workers at the request of Gaddafi, the building was meant to be a place for dialogue among all African cultures and in turn open doors in relations between Europe and Africa. In 2011 it was used as a bunker to defend the Rais.
2nd place: Grand Prix
Gabriele Micalizzi, Italy
LIBYA, SIRTE, 25/02/2015.
The after effects of a car bomb (Dogma) in the first District: six dead and nearly 40 wounded. Car bombs are made by attaching plastic explosives to heavy arms and munitions. The idea is to scar as many people as possible thereby leaving a permanent warning to those who want to interfere with the jihad.
2nd place, series: Alternative Reality
Svetlana Tarasova, Russia
Garden is a place where important things happen, things that are passed down from generation to generation and through the centuries. This is where humans touch the soil, and participate in the circle of life and in creation which brings simple and essential meaning to all living things.
2nd place: Portrait. A Hero of Our Time
Yiheng Cheng, China
Shutting a Christian Out of Church
Many street children from slums like Kibera in Kenya suffer from pain and illnesses, such as HIV. They have been living on the streets for 5-10 years already. On this photo, Kevin and his friends in front of a church, from entering of which they were prohibited.
Jury Honorable Mention: Alternative Reality
Stepan Rudik, Poland
The photoseries were taken in Istanbul, Turkey and were inspired by photographer’s idea of a human manufacturing human-looking dummies. There are themed streets in Istanbul dedicated to the sale of a specific product. For example, a street selling ‘humans’ with several small private mannequin workshops full of ‘clones,’ or abandoned mannequins, close by.
Jury Honorable Mention: Portrait. A Hero of Our Time
Sadegh Souri, Iran
Victims of smuggling
Six million litres of diesel and paraffin oil are smuggled out of Iran into Pakistan every day, which amounts to about two billion litres every year. Unemployment, drought, and the low price of fuel in Iran compared to Pakistan are the main reasons for fuel smuggling.