I’m delighted to announce that my work was awarded: 1st place in Architecture – Historic category for the winning entry “Pripyat: 21 Years After Chernobyl” in the 2012 International Photography Awards. I also received three honourable mentions in the categories for Fine Art – Landscape, Architecture – Cityscapes and Architecture – Buildings.

21 years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded these images of the town capture a memory of three traumas: the invisible radiation, the visible looting and the gradual collapse of a ghost town.

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A silver birch tree grows through the floor on the terrace of Hotel Polissia.

Light switches in a bedroom of Hotel Polissia.

Concert hall with water damaged soviet relief sculpture and piano.

Light shines across climbing bars and broken basketball hoop in a gymnasium.

Lobby of Hotel Polissia. Marble wall cladding has been removed by looters.

The 2012 International Photography Awards received nearly 15,000 submissions from 103 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographers’ accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit www.photoawards.com for more details.