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Ukrayino moya, Ukrayino contest held by the Union of Artist-Photographers of Ukraine
The All-Ukraine Photo Exhibition Ukrayino moya, Ukrayino! was held in Kyiv August 18 through September 1. The exhibition, which was organized by the National Union Artists-Photographers of Ukraine, was dedicated to the Day of Independence of Ukraine. It was also a contest for Best Picture in several nominations.
At the exhibition, Ukraine was presented in various moods and colors. Some photos were sad, and some cheerful; some photos showed tired people, and some others — people full of energy; in some you could see people of advanced age, and in some others — young people in the prime of life. Photo artists saw Ukraine in all of its amazing diversity, and its people at various moments of their life. Photo artists, whose works were shown at the exhibition, looked for Beauty in all of its sundry manifestations.
The photo artists who presented their photos at the exhibition, hailed from different parts of Ukraine. Their photos were like pieces of a mosaic, which, when put together, created an impressive picture of what Ukraine is today. Thanks to these photographs, the viewers saw many things which otherwise they might have not noticed.
Such exhibitions are organized by the National Union of Artists-Photographers of Ukraine annually. This year 199 photographers from 21 Oblasts of Ukraine and from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea sent their works to be assessed by a well-qualified jury. The jury selected only 130 photographs by 74 photographers to be actually exhibited.
A number of photographs showed the disastrous consequences of the floods that hit many areas of Western Ukraine in the summer of 2008, and the measures taken to deal with the many problems that the people in the affected areas faced.
Says Mykola Ivashchenko, head of the National Union of Photo Artists of Ukraine: “We hope that this exhibition has been another proof that photography can be an art in its own right. The exhibition has also contributed to the popularization of photographs that are taken by Ukrainian photo artists. Such photographs help advance humanitarian values in society. They reflect the positive national features and affirm the spiritual values. They create a positive image of Ukraine and convincingly demonstrate the unity of the Ukrainian nation.”
The photographs shown at the exhibition revealed the beauty of Ukraine’s countryside and of wild nature, and highlighted the most appealing aspects of architectural and historical landmarks, thus contributing to raising the awareness of the importance to preserve and properly maintain such landmarks.
Materials for this article
were provided by Oleksandr CHAPTSEV,
a secretary of the National Union
of Artists-Photographers of Ukraine
The National Union of Artists-Photographers of Ukraine (NUAPhU) was founded in December 1989. Today among its 700 active and 23 honorary members are photographers from all the major cities and regional centers of Ukraine, as well as citizens of France, India, Switzerland, the USA, Germany, Belgium and other countries. A number of NUAPhU members are recipients of Ukrainian honorary titles and prizes.
Sixty-two NUAPhU members are recipients of honorary titles awarded by the UNESCO Federation of Artistic Photography (FIAP).
NUAPhU members have been awarded more than 3,000 prizes at prestigious international and Ukrainian exhibitions. Yevhen Komarov from Yalta in Crimea has received the greatest number of awards and prizes — over 330 — among which 40 are gold medals.
NUAPhU can be contacted at tel.: + 38 (044) 361 7693 (92), fax: +38 (044) 279 0469, web site: www.photospilka.com, e-mail:
The Road to the Cavalry by Yury Dyachyshyn
1st category Diploma in nomination Black-and-White.
Bell Ringer by Volodymyr Dmytrenko from Yalta.
2nd category Diploma in nomination
Memory by Maksym Solomko from Kyiv.
3rd category Diploma in nomination Color.
Portrait of a Boy by Maksym Solomko from Kyiv.
2nd category Diploma in nomination Black-and-White.
Still-Life by Ihor Volosyankin from Chernihiv.
Winner of special prize in nomination Color.
Still-Life by Oleksandr Buslenko from Rivne.
1st category Diploma in nomination Nature.
Untitled by Mykola Shablovsky from Kyiv.
3rd category Diploma in nomination
About the Donkey and His Shadow
by Olena Ilyenko from Kyiv.
3rd category Diploma in nomination Nature.
Frosty Morning by Vadym Zyuzin from Yalta.
2nd category Diploma in nomination Color.
Hay-making by Vitaliy Sipko from Vinnytsya.
Winner of special prize in nomination
The Flow of Time by Iryna Olonicheva
Winner of special prize in nomination
Untitled by Ihor Hudovany from Rivne.
1st category Diploma in nomination Color.
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