: Ukrainian photographer wins prestigious IAFOR documentary award

15:55 Jul. 16, 2016

Ukrainian photographer wins prestigious IAFOR documentary award

Alexey Furman's 'Life After Injury' project

Alexey Furman's project covers various aspects of soldiers' rehabilitation after the conflict in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian freelance photojournalist Alexey Furman has won a famous IAFOR Documentary Photography Award. 150 photographers from 50 different countries have participated in this year's competition.

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The IAFOR's jury gave him the first place for the photo project titled 'Life After Injury'. It focuses "on the difficult physical and psychosocial rehabilitation of young Ukrainian soldiers wounded during the ongoing conflict with Russia-backed rebels and the Russian army in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine".

The 'Justice' was the theme of this year's IAFOR Documentary Photography Award.

"I want to concentrate on their adaptation to peaceful life when they come home, a story that gets overlooked in media outlets and existing photography projects. With the limitations their physical trauma imposes on them, they have to face an important challenge. They have to resocialise, as now they are different people with painful memories impossible to forget. With no help from the government and less financial support from patrons, they have to overcome new difficulties and seek possibilities themselves or with the support of their relatives and friends," Alexey Furman says about his approach to the subject.

"With this project I would like to raise awareness on a growing number of war veterans in Ukraine. Despite the Minsk agreements that state a ceasefire, dozens of Ukrainian soldiers get injured every week. My goal is to create a website where their stories are featured, which will also act as a fundraising platform for them. Each story would be presented as a series of visuals and a text interview conducted in person," he adds.

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Alexey Furman will receive GBP 1,000 (USD 1,300) from the IAFOR forum, and invitation for the further participation in the Metro Imaging Mentorship Programme and the World Press Photo's Joop Swart Masterclass.

Also, the artist's works will be published in the British Journal of Photography.

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