Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2024 – Apply Now

Applications are currently open for the prestigious Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2024. Established on December 22, 2014, by Rossiya Segodnya under the esteemed patronage of the Russian Federation’s Commission for UNESCO.

Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2024
Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest 2024

This contest stands as a beacon in Russia for unearthing new talents in global photojournalism while setting robust standards for documentary photography.

Key highlights

  • The Stenin Contest, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, remains the sole competition in Russia dedicated to unveiling emerging names in international photojournalism.
  • Aimed at empowering young photojournalists aged 18 to 33, the contest is a platform to foster their journey toward top-notch professionalism.
  • This year’s themes focus on pivotal global issues, including humanitarian challenges, national identity, social equality, and the environment.
  • The contest not only provides an opportunity for young talents to voice their concerns but has also become a vital global event, attracting participants from an increasing number of countries each year.
  • Winning entries are showcased in exhibitions held in numerous countries, including China, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary, and Poland.

Why Participate?

  • Elevate your profile on the international stage.
  • Contribute to vital conversations on global issues through your lens.
  • Connect with a growing community of passionate and skilled photojournalists.


  • Top News – one photo image/series of images
  • Sports – one photo image
  • My Planet – one photo image/series of images
  • Portrait. A Hero of Our Time – one photo image/series of images
  • Top View – one photo image


  • Grand Prix: RUB 700,000 (approximately USD 9,000)
  • First Place (each category): RUB 125,000 (approximately USD 1,300)
  • Second Place (each category): RUB 100,000 (approximately USD 1,100)
  • Third Place (each category): RUB 75,000 (approximately USD 900)
  • Additional prizes may be offered by Contest Sponsors.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to Young Photojournalists: The contest is accessible to individuals who identify as young photojournalists.
  • Age Requirement: Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 33.
  • Global Participation: Applicants are welcome from any location worldwide.
  • Photograph Timeline: Photographs submitted must have been taken after January 1, 2023. However, there are exceptions for series initiated in previous years; in such cases, the final photograph of the series must be from either 2023 or 2024.
  • Entry Specifications:
    • Number of Photographs: Entries can consist of a single photograph or a series of no more than 12 photographs.
    • Acceptable Edits: Minor adjustments, such as cropping, balance (white balance), or density (brightness, contrast) correction, are permissible. However, framed images, collages, and heavily photoshopped photos with edited, deleted, or replaced parts will not be accepted.
  • File Format and Specifications:
    • Image Format: Photos must be uploaded in JPG format.
    • Compression Limit: Acceptable compression should not exceed 10.
    • Image Dimensions: The image should be no less than 2,200 pixels and no more than 5,700 pixels on its longer side.
  • File Naming Convention:
    • The file name must include the serial number of the photograph.
    • Followed by the name and last name of the author.
    • Then include the title of the photograph and the year it was taken.
    • Separate these elements with underscores. Example: 01_Smith_James_The_Spring_2011.
  • File Language and Size:
    • The file name must be written in Latin script.
    • The file size should not exceed 20 Mb.
    • The file must contain all EXIF data.


  • Entries are submitted on the participant’s page at STENINCONTEST.COM.
  • Photos can be added or replaced until submission, after which no changes are allowed.

How to Apply

Visit the link here to start the application process. For more details, check the official Andrei Stenin Contest website.

Application deadline

The deadline for application submissions is March 15, 2024.



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