Vice President of the Association of Sports Press of Kazakhstan Mikhail Vasilyev won the award for the best foreign television story at the recent fourth Energy of Victories sports journalist competition in Moscow. The competition was sponsored by Gazprom.
The prize for the best photograph among foreign photojournalists went to Kazakh Stanislav Filippov, whose works have been published by global news agencies, such as Agence France Press and RIA Novosti.
The jury of the contest consisted of prominent representatives of the sports press, such as Nikolai Dolgopolov, Igor Rabiner and Andrei Golovanov. Chairman of the jury was popular Russian television commentator Viktor Gusev.
Vasilyev presented a story, which was broadcast in the framework of the television programme Fizkult-revue about athlete Svetlana Makeyeva.
“This work is very humane,” said Gusev.
In his words, the story is notable for its heroine. She is gentle, but at the same time strong. Although, there were many works about athletes with disabilities, this work stood out for its drama.
Vasilyev noted that he was told about the award on his birthday and it was a nice gift for him.
Filippov said he was surprised that his work was acknowledged by a distinguished jury. “I have never participated in any international competitions, so I wanted to determine my professional level, whether I can compete with photographers from other countries,” Filippov said.
Russian and foreign Russian-speaking media journalists took part in the contest. Out of 400 works submitted, 85 were selected for the final round of judging.