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I'm a documentary photographer, photojournalist and visual storyteller. Currently based in Poltava, Ukraine.

An important part of my professional activities is covering regional and national news, visual storytelling and develop personal long-term projects, which are concentrated on ethnic, political, social and religion conflict, life in post-conflict zone, historical memory and national identity. Main areas of work are Ukraine, primarily Crimea and Donbass region, South Caucasus and post soviet countries. Currently also I'm working on a project in social issues, which connected with motherhood, social instability in Ukraine and life in non-freedom places.


I've been participant in four collective and two personal exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. My works were published in Ukrainian and world media like Radio Freedom Europe\Radio Liberty, OpenDemocracy, Deutsche Welle, BBC and Politico.


2010-2014 – BA, Journalism, Poltava National Pedagogical University, Poltava, Ukraine.

2014-2016 – MA, Media Communication, School of Journalism, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine.

2018-2019 – Academy of documentary photography and photojournalism “Fotografika”, St. Petersburg, Russia. 



2015 – Ukrainian office Radio Freedom Europe/Radio Liberty, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2015-2016 – photo department Ukrainian Office Thomson Reuters, Kyiv, Ukraine.

2016  – Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany.



2014 – “Kadetarium”, Poltava, Ukraine (collective)

2015 – annual photo contest of the newspaper “The Day” exhibition, Kyiv, Ukraine (collective).

2016 – exhibition on the international student conference “SMS 2016” in Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine (collective).

2017 – Crimean House, Kyiv, Ukraine (personal).

2019 – Koktebel Jazz Fest 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine (personal).

2019 – Nikon Photo Contest 2019 exhibition, Tokyo, Japan and other countries (collective).

2020 – exhibition of a joint project with the palliative care fund "LaVita", Kyiv, Ukraine (personal).

2020 – Photo Academy "Fotografika" festival, St.Petersburg, Russia (collective).
2020 – (collective)





Radio Freedom Europe/Radio Liberty


Deutsche Welle


New Eastern Europe Magazine

N_Ost Magazin

Der Spiegel



2013 – the regional youth photo contest “Ukrainian Breathe!”, Poltava, Ukraine (winner).

2015 – the School of International Reportage “Ukrainian frontiers”, Lviv, Ukraine/Chisinau, Moldova (winner).

2015 – the exchange program of Media Development Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine (scholarship).

2015 – the annual photo contest of the newspaper “The Day”, Kyiv, Ukraine (shortlist).

2019 – one of the "12 RFE/RL Women Who Make Headlines" by main office of ​RFE/RL, Prague, Czech Republic.

2019 – Corporate Photo Contest Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty "Culture & Traditions", Prague, Czech Republic (winner).

2019 – Nikon Photo Contest 2019, Open Award photo story category, Tokyo, Japan (silver prize).

2019 – Direct Look Photo Contest 2019, Moscow, Russia (shortlist).

Email: alinasmutkoph@gmail.com

© 2019 Alina Smutko

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