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I'm a documentary and sports photographer, photojournalist. Currently based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

An important part of my professional activities is visual storytelling and developing personal long-term projects, which are concentrated on ethnic, social, and religious conflicts, life in a post-conflict zone, historical memory, and national identity. The main areas of work are Ukraine, primarily Crimea and Donbas region, South Caucasus, and post-soviet countries. I also worked on a project on social issues, which connected with motherhood, orphan diseases, and palliative care.


I've been a participant in six collective and three personal exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad. My works were published in Ukrainian and world media like Deutsche Welle, BBC, Politico, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, and SZ Magazine.


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. 



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 – "Island C", 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 – an exhibition of a joint project with the LaVita Palliative Care Fund, Kyiv, Ukraine (personal).
2020 – exhibition about "Human Rights Situation in Crimea" at the Globsec Security Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia (collective).





Radio Freedom Europe/Radio Liberty


Deutsche Welle


New Eastern Europe Magazine

N_Ost Magazin

Der Spiegel

National Geographic

SZ Magazine 


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 the 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, Open Award photo story category, Tokyo, Japan (silver prize).

Email: alinasmutkoph@gmail.com