The winning entries of the 2017 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest will go on display in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 15-29 at the Market Photo Workshop’s Gallery 1989.

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 became part of the bright kaleidoscope of topics that concern young photographers. The project 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”, a story of MD Shahnewaz Khan from Bangladesh about children who are forced to work so that their family can survive. 

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 gives an opportunity to 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, the Russian state Rossiya-Kultura TV channel, news website, 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, 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.