Entry Title: "A Desire for Sky"
Name: Alexey Furman , Ukraine
Category and Expertise: Environmental|Photo Essay and Feature Story|Lifestyle, Student
Entry Description: Donbass region in Ukraine is known for coal. While many of the mines are already closed, jobless men, struggling to survive, descend underground to risk their lives to haul up coal illegally. There are thousand of Illegal mines or "holes", controlled by the criminals, where there are no safety measures. The life of the Donbass miners is dangerous and sad, but they have an amazing hobby, which distracts them from everyday worries and brings happiness - breeding doves. Every second miner has hundreds of doves in his home. They the white birds in their hands black with coal and throw them in the air, enjoying the beauty of the flight. This poetic desire for sky and flight of people who spent most of the time deep underground is the theme of this essay.