The partnership with Independent and Rossiya Segodnya has seen a healthy exchange of journalists between Independent and Russian newsrooms.
The executive chairman of Independent Media with Russian Consul General Roman E. Ambarov at the Stenin Press Photo launch
As part of a global photojournalism contest and in memory of a Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who tragically lost his life in the field whilst covering the war in Ukraine in August 2014, Rossiya Segodnya expressed an interest in bringing the winning entries of the global photojournalism exhibit to South Africa. As the leading South African media partner, Independent welcomed the opportunity to host the exhibition.
“Independent Media is delighted to be the leading South African media partner for this exhibition of the winning entries. It is an opportunity to not only honour Andrei Stenin and photojournalists around the world, but to acknowledge photojournalism as an art and craft in documenting the human story,” said Executive Chairman Dr Iqbal Survé.
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest will exhibit a selection of the winning entries in South Africa. The exhibition in Cape Town is part of the contest’s international tour of winning photos which started in late August at the Museum of Moscow. The next stops will be Paris, Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, and other Russian and foreign cities. The exhibition will be held at the Eclectica Gallery at 69 Burg Street from 24 to 28 October 2016, and at Mullers Gallery, corner of Longmarket Street and Parliament Street from 31 October till 6 November 2016. Other local partners of the exhibition are the Russian Consul-General in Cape Town, specialist photographic provider Orms Printing and Framing, Eclectica Print Gallery and Mullers Gallery.
Roman E. Ambarov, Consul General of Russia, said: “We hope that the current photo exhibition will generate more interest in such Russian initiatives as the Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest among South Africans and contribute to the bilateral cultural relations between Russia and South Africa.”
"Eclectica Contemporary and Eclectica Print Gallery are honoured to host the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Context Exhibition. We view this as an opportunity to revive an art form that has long been excluded from the Fine Art realm and hope to assist in rejuvenating interest in photojournalism and perhaps photography as a whole,” said gallery owner, Shamiela Tyer.
The exhibition of winning photographs will feature a photo series by Grand Prix winner from Italy, Danilo Garcia di Meo, about a completely paralysed girl named Leticia. It will also feature the young Russian photographer Dmitry Tkachuk’s alternative view on permafrost, Hungarian photojournalist Balazs Beli’s photo story about refugees and migrants travelling from Turkey to Greece across the Aegean Sea, images of divers flying at the speed of light during the 2015 World Aquatics Championships by Russian photographer Alexei Malgavko, photos of gymnasts floating as if in space on the parallel bars by Alexei Astapkovich, and others.
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest aims to promote young photographers and attract public attention to photojournalism and its mission. It is Russia’s only platform to discover new photojournalists and develop high standards for documentary photography in Russia and the world. In 2016, about 6,000 entries by young photojournalists from 71 countries, including Russia, have been submitted to the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. The contest covers five continents, stretching from Europe and North and South America to Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The submission entry period will start on 22 December 2016.
Alexander Shtol, director of Rossiya Segodnya’s Photo Information Directorate, said: "The young winners of the Andrei Stenin Photo Contest can not only display their photographs as part of the event, but also show it in the context of their personal story. We are very pleased that this year the number of participating countries has surpassed our wildest expectations. This can be partly explained by the respect shown for the memory of Andrei Stenin and because the photo industry is in constant development due to the rapid breakthrough of young talent.”
The 2016 contest is supported by major Russian and international media outlets, news agencies and photo societies. Its general information sponsors are: The Rossiya K TV Channel (Russia Culture), KP.ru, the news and information portaljourdom.ru portal and the Russian Photo portal. The contest’s international information partners are: the Askanews news agency, EFE news agency, EBC, Notimex news agency, RT TV network and portal, The Royal Photographic Society, Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG), Xinhua news agency, Independent Media, ANTARA Foto press photo agency. The contest’s professional information partners are: the Academy of Photography,the agency Geophoto.ru, the photography educational website photo-study.ru, the Moscow Union of Journalists, the Union of Student and Youth Media, the portal Young Journalists and the Uglich Photo Parade festival.