Evgeniy Maloletka revealed to the world the brutality of war in the city of Mariupol through his photographs.
He was awarded the highest award in the field of photojournalism at the International Photojournalism Festival.
Ukrainian photojournalist Evgeniy Maloletka won one of the field’s most prestigious prizes, the Visa d’Or, on Saturday for his work during the devastating Russian siege of Mariupol.
At a ceremony yesterday in the French city of Perpignan, Maloletka dedicated her prize to the Ukrainian people.
Maloletka, a 35-year-old journalist working for the Associated Press (AP) news agency, was one of the first journalists to enter Mariupol on February 23, an hour before the first Russian bombs fell, along with fellow video journalist Mstyslav Chernov.
He was also one of the last to leave. He finally left the city on March 15, by which time the city of Mariupol had been completely destroyed by Russian shelling.
He says the 20 days he spent there were as bad as one long, endless day.
His images of children killed during the Russian army’s siege of Mariupol, heavily pregnant women amid the rubble of bombed buildings, and hastily improvised cemeteries showed the world the full horror of the conflict there.
The Russian bombing of Mariupol, a port city of 400,000 people, with a direct hit on a maternity hospital in particular, sparked outrage around the world.
The war in Ukraine was one of the main themes at the International Photojournalism Festival, which opened on August 27.