Some of the photos that formed part of the Andrei Stenin exhibition in Cape Town last year. Picture: Courtney Africa/ANA
Moscow - The  prize money  for the annual Andrei Stenin Press Photo Contest has been increased to 3 million rubles (around R318 000) for 2018.

The increased prize money pool means that the winner of the main prize - the Grand Prix - will receive 700 000 rubles (around R144 000), while 100 000 (R20 000), 75 000 (R15 000) and 50 000 (R10 000) rubles for first, second and third places respectively.

According to the Rossiya Segodnya Press Office the increase in prize money was made possible partly by its partners, the Shanghai United Media Group (SUMG) and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The competition, which is held by Rossiya Segodnya under the patronage of the Russian Federation’s Commission for UNESCO, is open to participants aged 18 to 33.

According to contest curator Oksana Oleinik, Head of the Visual Projects Service of the Rossiya Segodnya United Photo Information Directorate,  “The aim of the contest is to discover new names in photojournalism. We want to support talented young photographers and give them an opportunity to realize their ambitions."

The Andrei Stenin press Photo Contest  is Russia’s only contest that seeks to identify new names in international photojournalism and to develop the quality criteria of documentary photography.  

This year the contest will offer four categories in which participants vie for awards: Top News, Sports, My Planet, and Portrait. A Hero of Our Time. 

Interested parties can visit to enter. Entries close on February 28.