Malanka is a traditional Ukrainian holiday, which is celebrated the same day Orthodox world celebrates the New Year according to the Old Julian calendar. On this day people wear different costumes (depends on the region) and can trick on their friends and neighbours. But in the village of Krasnoilsk on the border with Romania this holiday is celebrated in the carnival style. People dress as "gypsies" and "bears" and go from house to house for 24 hours without a stop to collect money and have fun.
Alexey Furman is a Ukrainian photojournalist based in Kiev. Having photographed news for wire agencies for more than 4 years, Alexey has recently switched his focus to in-depth reporting on various social issues all over Ukraine. He graduated from the journalism faculty of the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University in May 2012. His clients include National Geographic Magazine Ukraine, EPA, The Washington Post. He took part in Pieter ten Hoopenâ€™s, Jan Grarupâ€™s and Foundry Photojournalism workshops in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Awards and exhibitions 2014 - group exhibition "Ukraine: The Post-Maidan Times" in Hamburg, Germany; 2014 - group exhibition "Ukraine in crisis" in Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, Wales; 2014 - third prize in the "Reportage" category at the Ukrainian "Photographer of the Year" contest; 2013 - Award of Excellence in the "General News" category at the College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) student photo competition; 2013 - picture from the Chernobyl villages story selected for the International Photography Awards Best of Show exhibition in New York City. 2013 - honorable mention on PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris) international photography competition for a story about Chernobyl villages. 2013 - third prize in the "Reportage" category at the Ukrainian "Photographer of the Year" contest;