Chernov, Maloletka, Sydorenko, Troshchynska are on the shortlist for the Gongadze Prize

Chernov, Maloletka, Sydorenko, Troshchynska are on the shortlist for the Gongadze Prize

The Georgiy Gongadze Prize Committee has determined the shortlist of nominees for the 2022 award. It includes the photographer duo Mstyslav Chernov and Yevhen Maloletka, as well as Serhiy Sydorenko and Tetyana Troshchynska.

Mstyslav Chernov is a journalist for the Associated Press with extensive experience as a photographer and war correspondent. He is the current president of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. Alongside Yevhen Maloletka, Chernov was one of the only journalists working for the international media who remained inside Mariupol to cover the Russian blockade as invading troops closed in.

Yevhen Maloletka has worked as a professional photojournalist since 2009. As a freelancer he has filed for international outlets including the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and Der Spiegel. Maloletka entered Maripuol the eve of Russia’s full-scale invasion in late February of 2022. For more than two weeks, alongside Mstyslav Chernov, he documented the relentless blockade and bombardment of the city and its toll on the civilian population.

Serhiy Sydorenko is a journalist, and the co-founder and chief editor of the publication Evropeiska Pravda (European Truth). Since 2014, the publication has grown into a reputable and accessible source of reportage on international politics and European integration. In 2021, Sydorenko received the National Award for High Standards in Journalism in the category of "Sustainable, high-quality media project/product". Sydorenko previously worked at the newspaper Kommersant-Ukraine.

Tetyana Troshchynska is the editor of the daily program "Kyiv-Donbas" on "Hromadske Radio", runs live news broadcasts, and is deputy editor of "Hromadske Radio". Tetyana also delivers training on strategic crisis communication and conflict-management for the professional development of media practitioners.

The winner of the Prize will be traditionally announced on May 21, Georgiy Gongadze's birthday.

This year, for the first time in the history of the Georgiy Gongagdze prize, a special award was introduced: the committee posthumously honoured the late photojournalist Maks Levin with a special commendation for his "noteworthy contribution to the development of Ukrainian photography, devotion to the profession and personal bravery". Levin covered the war in Donbas since its beginning in 2014. He was one of the few Ukrainian journalists to witness the tragic events in Ilovaisk, from which he was lucky to escape alive. After surviving Iloviask, Maks Levin, with his colleague Markiyan Liseik, launched a documentary project to commemorate those lost in the battle.

Maks said: "Every photographer dreams of taking a photo that will stop war". Until his last days, he documented the events of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, focusing in particular on fighting in the Kyiv region. In early March, he was killed by Russian occupiers in the line of duty.

The members of the committee would like to emphasize that the introduction of this Special Award in this most difficult year when Russia began a full-scale war against our country, is a tribute and memorial to all of the journalists who have been killed in the war. As of today, 22 Ukrainian and foreign journalists have been killed by Russian occupiers while carrying out their professional duties, or while acting as soldiers in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and or living as civilians.

The committee for Georgiy Gongadze Prize this year includes: wife of Georgiy Gongadze, journalist, editor-in-chief and head of the Ukrainian service "Golos Ameriki" (Voice of America) Myroslava Gongadze; president of PEN Ukraine writer Andriy Kurkov; journalist, co-founder of "Ukrainska Pravda" (Ukrainian Truth) Olena Prytula; Dean of the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School Oleksandr Savruk; benefactor of the Prize and representative of powered by KMBS Alumni platform Anton Artemenko; television presenter and last year’s winner of the Gongadze Prize Myroslava Barchuk; theologian Ihor Kozlovskyy; head of Kyiv bureau "Radio Svoboda" (Radio Free Europe/Liberty) Inna Kuznetsova; and media manager Zurab Alasania.

Under the terms of the Prize, only members of the committee have the right to nominate a journalist and to determine the winners of special awards.

The criteria for nomination of candidates includes:

– Commitment to the principles and values of independent journalism;

– Professionalism and competency;

– Innovation;

– Significant contribution to the development of a particular genre or media environment in general;

– The creation of materials that have led to resolution or understanding of certain problems in society and changes in the country

The winner will receive a statuette and a cash prize of 100,000 UAH.

The Georgiy Gongadze Prize was founded in 2019 by PEN Ukraine in partnership with the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, powered by the KMBS Alumni platform and the publication "Ukrainska Pravda" (Ukrainian Truth). Winners of the Prize in previous years were Vakhtang Kipiani (2019), Pavlo Kazarin (2020) and Myroslava Barchuk (2021).

We recall that the Gongadze Prize is awarded thanks to the support of patrons. They must be KMBS graduates. They are united by a common learning experience and the desire to make systemic change in Ukraine.

From the time of its creation in 2019, the prize has been supported by 21 patrons: Oleksandr Adamyuk, Anton Artemenko, the Brunnerov family, Oleh Brucylovskiy, the Viknyanskiy family, Yaroslav Volkovetskiy, Mykola Demchenko and Olga Mishurovska, Marina Derepa, Serhiy Dulepov, Maksym Diadik, Andriy Isak, Roman Kvashenko, the Mishchenko family, Dmytro Novytskiy, Lyudmila Perebiynos, Oksana Prosolenko, Andriy Selepey, Vitaliy Smirnov, Mykola Sushko, Oleksandr Tkachuk, Dmytro Chernov.

Translator: Molly Duplaga

May 3, 2022
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