- Top News: Important events in the life of individuals and nations as a whole are the main subject of entries in the category: major political and social events; reports from war zones and places struck by natural disasters; decisive moments in people’s lives.
- Sports: This category involves entries, which captured moments in sport: victories of athletes and dramatic losses; daily sports training; the beauty of sports competitions.
- My Planet: This category involves entries reflecting the entire multi-colored palette of topics and images from all over the world. The author’s task is to show an everyday life kaleidoscope in its timeless beauty and harmony, uniting scenes from everyday life; the life of big cities and small towns; nature pictures; ethnographic and religious holidays.
- Portrait – A Hero of Our Time: This category involves entries such as individual or group portraits of people. Photos can be documentary and posed. The determining factor in this category is the author’s ability to reveal the inner world of his characters, express their mental qualities and character through the uniqueness of their appearance and looks as a whole.
- Top View: Single photographs taken from a bird’s eye view are accepted in this category. Photographs can depict plants and animals, city life, people, moments from everyday life and sporting events, and abstract imagery. The decisive factor is the shooting angle. Images can be taken using a quadcopter, a photo camera, or a mobile phone camera. We are waiting for breathtaking views and surprising stories.
In each category, there is the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize for a single photograph and for a series, respectively. In the Sports and Top View categories, only single entries are accepted. The Jury may award Honorable Mentions to not more than three Photo Images and not more than three Series in each category. Apart from the main Contest categories, Users can vote online for Contest Entries of Winners, Runners-up and Photo Images awarded an Honorable Mention. A Contest Participant who gets the most User votes receives a Contest diploma.
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Benefits of Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest
The first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for a single Photo Image in each category and for a Series of photo images.
- The Grand Prize winner will receive RUB 700,000 (seven hundred thousand).
- The first place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images will receive RUB 125,000 (one hundred twenty-five thousand).
- The second place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images will receive RUB 100,000 (one hundred thousand).
- The third place winner in each category for an individual Photo Image or a Series of Photo Images will receive RUB 75,000 (seventy- five thousand).
- Contest Sponsors and/or Partners may also offer additional prizes.
Note: The amount of awards to be paid to the Winners/Runners-up after deduction of taxes according to the current laws of the Russian Federation. The relationship regarding additional prizes from the Contest Sponsors/Partners exists directly between a Contestant and a Contest Sponsor/Partner. No demands regarding the additional prizes instituted by a Contest Sponsor/Partner may be placed on the Organizer.
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- Photo Images accepted for the Contest must be created on or after January 1, 2023.
- As an exception, a Series may be accepted that was started in the previous years; however, the last Photo Image must have been created in 2023−2024.
- The Contest is open to Russian and foreign nationals who are professional photographers.
- The age limits for Contest Participants: at least 18 and no more than 33 years old at the time of the Contestant’s submission of Photo Image(s) to the Contest.
- The Contestant may submit only one Photo Image (Series of Images) in each category.
- Entry for the competition is free of charge.