Justyna Mielnikiewicz discusses her journey from a village in Poland to Tbilisi, and her unique path to becoming a successful international photographer.
Justyna Mielnikiewicz is a self-taught freelance photographer. Originally from Poland, she has been based in Tbilisi, Georgia for the last 10 years. Between 2001-2009 she worked on a documentary project dedicated to the South Caucasus and its conflicts, titled "Shared Sorrows-Divided Lines". Since 2010, she has started to explore a new topic dedicated to women, sexuality and gender issues in the former Soviet space.
In addition to working on her personal projects, Justyna regularly cooperates with The New York Times, Newsweek Poland and Eurasianet.org. Her works have been published in various international publications such as Monocle, Russian Reporter, NG Travel, Le Monde, German yearbook of Reporters without Borders, among others. In 2009, she received Second Prize in the World Press Photo Competition (People in the News) for Coverage of War in South Ossetia. That same year, she was the winner of the Canon Female Photojournalist Prize, awarded annually in the International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan - Visa pour l"Image.
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