THE LIGHT WILL WIN / #SaveAzovstalDefenders

  • Photographer
    Dmytro (Orest) Kozatsky
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    XuXin Zhao

    Michael Zajakowski I think the world held its breath as the Russians relentlessly attacked the Azovstal steel mill, the last holdout of a devastated Mariupol. This essay took great courage, and it shows great courage in the face of war.

  • Date of Photograph
    April - May 2022

The pictures were taken inside the Azovstal, the steel plant that was a stronghold and served as a shelter for thousands of people, when Mariupol was being sieged and destroyed by the Russian army during spring 2022. For weeks people stayed there without even any medicine. It is unknown who of these people is still alive - all of them, including the photographer, became prisoners of war. Humanitarian organizations aren't given any access to them. On July 29, 2022, horrendous massacre in Olenivka on russia-controlled territory, happened when explosions took lives of over 50 prisoners of war

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