Award «PRAFOTA» 2014


Alexander Mihalkovich’s “Forcing the Internet to Remember the Holocaust” became the winning project in the Art Photography category. Svetlana Yerkovich with “Between forest and river” project became the winner in the Documentary Photography category “PRAFOTA” is an award given to documentary and art projects done by Belarusian photographers.

Art Photography finalists

Zhanna Gladko «Inciting Force»
Alexander Mihalkovich “”Forcing the Internet to Remember the Holocaust””
Alexander Mihalkovich «Past Dying Today»
Volha Savich «GENE.BY»
Alexandra Soldatova «See(ing)»
Alexei Shlyk “Instagram”

Documentary Photography finalists

Alexander Vasukovich “Euromaidan”
Alexander Mihalkovich «To Become a Man»
Aleksey Naumchik «We’ll Never Get Older»,
Maksim Sarychau – untitled
Maksim Sarychau “598 Stolen Days”
Maksim Sarychau – “A Friend with Two Paws”
Vyacheslav Tsuranov “Veterans of the Second World War”
Svetlana Yerkovich “Between Forest and River”

Special mention: Alexandra Soldatova “Science” and Sergei Konoplyanik “After”


PRAFOTA award is given in two categories:

  • Documentary Photography
  • Art Photography

The jury will compose a long list of 12 photographic projects and a short-list of 6 projects, which will be published in the award’s annual catalogue and shown in the exhibition.

Also in each category one winner will be awarded a cash prize of 500 euro for the implementation of a new project. Those projects will be later exhibited in the next year’s show of the contest winners and included in the finalists’ catalogue.


Photo projects made by Belarusian photographers (including photo collectives) and completed or first published in the period of 2013-2014 are eligible to take part in the contest. Each series can have a maximum of 20 images. In each category an unlimited number of projects can be submitted.


We advocate for the creation of a single competitive space for communication and for enhancing visual literacy of people who practice and show interest in photography.

We focus on the development of Belarusian photography by raising the standards of contemporary documentary and art photography in Belarus. Stimulating public interest in photography we strive to create favorable conditions for free exchange of information and opportunities for the growth of an active and effective interaction of Belarusian photographers, critics and photography amateurs.


Nadezhda Sheremetova – curator, researcher, photographer, the director of “FotoDepartament” Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia), constant organizer of educational, exhibition and international projects by “FotoDepartment”, among which the project “Young Photography.”

Nadezhda Sheremetova
Author of the photo: Mitja Ganopolskiy

Maciek Nabrdalik – documentary photographer, who lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece and Poland and published in Smithsonian, L’Espresso, Stern, Newsweek, Polityka, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and others. Among international awards – «World Press Photo», «Pictures of the Year International» (2011 and 2013), «NPPA The Best of Photojournalism» (2010, 2011, and 2012).

Maciek Nabrdalik
Maciek Nabrdalik

Matthias Flügge – the Rector of the University of Arts (Dresden, Germany), curator of numerous contemporary art exhibitions in Central Europe, particularly in Poland. Matthias Flügge got high public recognition receiving special awards for increasing interest in arts by the governments of Germany and Poland.

Matthias Flügge

Almira Ousmanova (Ph.D. in Philosophy) is Professor at the Dept. of Media and the Director of MA program in Cultural Studies at the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania).

Almira Ousmanova
Almira Ousmanova

Anna Shpakova – a specialist in photography, design and multimedia, curator. At the moment she heads RIA Novosti Photodepartment, previously worked as a photo editor in Afisha Publishing House, managed Ogonjok magazine photoservice, produced special projects for Snob magazine.

Anna Shpakova
Anna Shpakova