A Cape Town based freelance photographer has won the International Andrei Stenin Photo Contest in Russia.

The competition recognises the work of young journalists from across the world.

Twenty-seven-year-old photographer, Justin Sullivan, was placed first in the news category and second in the category called My Planet.

He says it proves that South African photographers are a force to be reckoned with.

“It’s really exciting to take home this award I think it’s been a lot of hard work in the past few years and to see this type of work being recognised internationally it’s both exciting for me but also really exciting for future photographers and I think Africa is often left out of the global style of things. To see South Africans being nominated, short listed and going to win I think it is exciting for me and exciting for everyone,” says Sullivan.