Photos of the winners of the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest organized by the Rossiya Segodnya news agency under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO will be shown in Cape Town for the fourth time in the history of the contest.
The exhibition will display dozens of photos by the world’s best young photographers from Russia, South Africa, Italy, the United States, Germany, France, Spain and India. It will open in the FORM photo gallery at 56 Roeland Street, Cape Town on October 10.
The exposition is full of bright images. The contest’s Grand Prix went to Italian photographer Gabriele Cecconi for the photo series, “The Wretched and the Earth.” This is a tragic story about the forced confrontation between people and nature. Its main characters are the Rohingya people who are forced to migrate and the southern areas of Bangladesh that are put on the brink of slow destruction by the migration.
A photo by Francis Rousseau, “The Women of Arugam Bay” shows residents of Sri Lanka, who decided to master surfing. In the series “Nostalgia on the Verge of Extinction” Indian photojournalist Santanu Dey brilliantly portrays features of professions that have become or are becoming extinct in Kolkata – from Bahurupi actors to street glass cutters.
One of the most striking photos that won the first prize in the My Planet category was by Justin Sullivan. It depicts an African elephant that was killed by poachers in Northern Botswana. This photo became the absolute front-runner in the online voting, earning more than a quarter of all votes.
On the eve of the contest its curator Oksana Oleinik noted: “This year the Andrei Stenin contest is marking its fifth anniversary.
We are glad that during this time the exhibition in Cape Town has become traditional for us. Since 2016 South Africa’s photojournalists have invariably made it into the contest’s short lists and have shared their emotional impressions with the rest of the world. This is the main thing for us.”
The exhibition is open from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays until October 24
About the contest
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest organized by the Rossiya Segodnya news agency under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO is aimed at supporting young photographers and drawing public attention to the tasks of modern photojournalism. This is a venue for young photographers who are talented, sensitive and open to everything new. They draw our attention to people and events close to us.
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