Open Competition Second Prize Winner

Vitaliy Popkov has lived all his life in Ukraine. He currently works as an art teacher at his own Photo Studio for Children. He says "I can hardly imagine my life without photography now. It is more than a wonderful hobby; it has become an integral part of me."

Energy carriers was taken in the Kirovograd region of Ukraine and depicts a woman treading through the snow with an armful of gathered brushwood that will help heat her home. Ukraine is a net exporter of electricity and this area is powered by gas, nevertheless the energy resources are insufficient or are not available to the rural population.

In recent years Popkov has participated in more than 50 national and international photography contests. He was awarded the National Society of Photo Artists of Ukraine prize (NSPAU) in 2011 and 2012, and the International Federation of Photographic Art prize (FIAP) in 2012.

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