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AFP Photographer Kirill Kudryavtsev Wins "Energy of Victories" Award

Moscow-based photographer Kirill Kudryavtsev was recognised at the “The Energy of Victories” national sports journalism festival contest on December 11, organised by the Russian Olympic Committee and the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia with the backing of Gazprom.

He won second place in the “Best Photo Report/ Coverage” (Russian language media based abroad) category for a series of photographs taken throughout 2019-2020.

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The 40-year-old Russian began his career as a text journalist and then photographer for local newspapers in Saint-Petersburg. He started freelancing for AFP in 2007 before joining the Moscow bureau in 2011.

The first Energy of Victories national sports journalism festival contest was organised by Gazprom in 2011 as part of the Gazprom 2014 project. Since then, over 2,300 journalists from every Russian region and 21 foreign countries have participated in the contest.

The 10th Energy of Victories festival contest was organised by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia, with Gazprom as a general partner. This contest involved 317 journalists from 63 Russian regions and 11 countries within the former Soviet Union and abroad.