MOSCOW (Sputnik) — 2017 was a victorious year for participants from Africa – South African photojournalist Phandulwazi Jikelo won first prize in the Top News Single category for his “Grabouw Housing Protest.” Kevin Midigo from Kenya won second prize in the same category for his “Anti-IEBC Protests.”
Their pictures capturing events in the political life of both countries made up part of the bright kaleidoscope of topics that concern young photographers. The exhibition features over 50 photos, including “Migrants in Belgrade,” a piercing story about people with a lost future by Spanish journalist Alejandro Martinez Velez*; the “What?”** photo series by Italian photographer Danilo Garcia Di Meo about the courage and the will to live of a young Italian woman Ambra; the black-and-white chronicle “Playing in the Dark”*** by Pavel Volkov about Paralympian football player Sergei Mangos; and Silent Howl****, an unbiased story of MD Shahnewaz Khan from Bangladesh about children who are forced to work so that their family can survive.
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Ahead of the exhibition tour in South Africa, 2017 jury member and well-known South African photojournalist Ian Landsberg said that one of the main goals of the exhibition is to encourage and motivate young South African photojournalists to up their game in telling the untold stories of South Africa and Africa as a whole, its people and their hope and aspirations.
“The exhibition of winning entries from the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest brings together the best in photojournalism by young visual storytellers from around the world, including South Africa. As a photojournalist from Africa, in particular South Africa, who is closely involved with newspaper photography as a Photo Editor, I am convinced that the contest will not only encourage young photojournalists to tell the stories of Africa, its people and their hope and aspirations, but also providing global exposure and international awareness to it,” Landsberg stressed.
*Top News, Series 1st place; Special prize For humanitarian photography by the ICRC, partner of the 2017 Stenin contest
**1st place in the Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Series category
***2nd place in the Sports. Series category
**** 3rd place in the Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. Series category, special prize from the Al Mayadeen TV channel, a media partner of the contest
The exhibition is part of an international tour launched in early September in Moscow. The goal of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest is to support young photographers and raise public awareness of modern photography and its purpose. The competition provides an opportunity for talented, sensitive and open-minded photographers to draw public attention to the events around us. The contest is organized by Rossiya Segodnya under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO.
The contest’s 2017 international partners include: Al Mayadeen TV, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) and ICRC.
General media partners of the contest include the news website Vesti.Ru, Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel, news website KP.ru, news website ZhurDom and the Russian Photo website. International media partners of the contest 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), Xinhua news agency, ANDES news agency, news agency ANA and Al Mayadeen TV channel. Industry media partners include the Academy of Photography, GeoPhoto agency, Photo-study.ru educational portal, Bleek Magazine, the Union of Journalists of Moscow, the Union of Art Photographers of Russia, Young Journalists information portal and the festivals PhotoVisa and Uglich Photo Parade.