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    Sputnik news agency and radio photojournalist and winner of several international awards, Valery Melnikov, has won the Bourse du Talent international competition in the Portrait category for his Underground series.

    EDINBURG (Sputnik) — The series tells the story of the last inhabitants of the villages destroyed in the combat zone in Donbass (September 2015). Valery Melnikov shared the victory with French photographer Vincent Gouriou who also won for his Des Famille(s) series.

    The winning entries will be exhibited in the Paris National Library in mid-December 2016. 

    After winning the award, Valery Melnikov said:

    “I’m very pleased that my Underground photo series was highly appreciated by the French competition’s jury, and that I’ll be able to show the French people what is going on in Donbass. In my series, I have shown people who hide in the basements of damaged buildings during shelling in Donbass. These are mainly lonely elderly men and women. Some of them decided to stay there and fight to the end, while others simply have nowhere to go. I always try to portray a story to the general public from an unusual perspective”. 

    Valery has also won various prestigious photojournalistic awards in his career. His photos have been selected for many shortlists and have won numerous international and Russian photo competitions. These include the Pictures of the Year International 2016, Sony WAP 2015, Days Japan International Photo Journalism Award 2015, China International Press Photo Contest 2013, 2014, and 2015, the Vilnius Photo Circle 2015, Professional Photographer of the Year 2014, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2015, and the Silver Camera 2013 among others.

    Bourse du Talent was organized by the French online magazine Photographie.com in 1998 and aims to support young photographers who specialize in documentary, portrait, fashion, or landscape photography.

    Sputnik Images is the photo bank of the Sputnik International News Agency and Radio with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. Sputnik broadcasts through its websites, analogue and digital radio broadcasting, mobile apps, and social media accounts. Sputnik newswires operate 24 hours a day in English, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.

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