Entry Title: "Crisis in Eastern Ukraine"
Name: Maysun , Spain
Category and Expertise: War/Conflict|Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: This series documents the coverage I have done of the Crisis in Eastern Ukraine, where the country is is on the brink of war. Clashes between the Ukrainian army, as well as private guerrillas belonging to oligarchs, and pro-Russian rebels, who have taken at least 11 cities and have proclaimed two "Independent Republics" in Donetsk and Lugansk after the referendum of 11 May, have been taking place since April 2014. Ukrainian forces launched an offensive, described by Kiev as "antiterrorist operation" to end the pro-Russian uprising.

Story: Crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, after Russia, the most powerful country emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union, is on the brink of war. In Nov. 2013 citizen protests began by discontent with the authorities' refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU. After the accession of Crimea to Russia, the crisis has centered at the east of the country, where clashes between the Ukrainian army, as well as private guerrillas belonging to oligarchs, and pro-Russian rebels, who have taken at least 11 cities and have proclaimed two "Independent Republics" in Donetsk and Lugansk after the referendum of 11 May, have been taking place since April 2014. Ukrainian forces launched an offensive, described by Kiev as "antiterrorist operation" to end the pro-Russian uprising. The sense of regional identity and the economy, that affects Europe makes the situation an issue of vital geopolitical and economical importance, as 80% Russian gas passes by Ukraine and a key to build a lasting peace between Russia and the Western powers. Violence between pro-Russian militia and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine has left at least 356 people dead, according to data collected by the observer group established by the UN to assess the human rights violations perpetrated in the country.

About the Artist:

Maysun (Spain. 1980) is a Spanish-Palestinian freelance photographer with no base decided yet after living in Cairo for some time, and mainly focused in documentary and wire photography. The interest of learning and her desire to help people made her realize the necessity of documenting her surroundings. Since 2005, she has been covering political issues, social conflicts or natural disasters in different places such as Spain, Burma, Thailand, Kosovo, Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, L'Aquila (Italy), Egypt, and other parts of North Africa, Syria, Crimea or more recently in Eastern Ukraine and Gaza. She has been working, as a freelancer, for several NGO's and national/international News Agencies such as EPA, AFP or ACN (Spain). Her work is distributed by Corbis. Her pictures have been published in the most important papers, magazines and blogs such as Time magazine, The New York Times, Lens Blog by NYT, National Geopraphic, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Focus magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, ABC News, NBC News, The Daily Telegraph, Al Jazeera, Volksfreund, Die Welt, El Pais, El Mundo, CNN, Ojo de Pez Magazine, among others. Maysun combines her work as a documentary and wire photographer with painting. - I'm committed to my job as I consider it as a way to be engaged and consistent with my convictions and my ethics. Journalism is a way to be engaged with our world-. Awards and Grants 2015 Juan Guerrero Photography Award. Winner. 2015 Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Awards. Photojournalism Story category. Winner. 2015 4th Edition Prix Lucas Dolega. Finalist. 2014 Favoured daughter of the City of Zaragoza by the Zaragoza City Hall. 2014 IPA Awards. Deeper Perspective. Honorable Mention. 2013 IPA Awards. Editorial: War/Conflict First Prize. Winner. 2013 IPA Awards. Deeper Perspective. Finalist. 2013 Marco Luchetta International Award. Finalist. 2013 Manuel Rivera Ortiz Grant. Finalist. 2013 PDN Photo Annual Award. Winner. 2013 2EME Edition Prix Lucas Dolega. Finalist. 2013 Reflexiva Award. Finalist. 2012 XVI International Prize of Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtuena. Finalist. 2011 PHE Ojo de Pez Human Values Award. Finalist. 2009 IPA. Editorial: Phtoo Essay. Honorable Mention. 2009 Fotoactivate Awards by Inspiraction NGO and Vice Magazine. Winner. 2009 Enfoca Awards by Share Asociation 2009. Finalist. 2008 Foto-Nikon Award. Finalist. 2008 New Talent Fnac Grant 2008. Finalist. 2008 XI International Photojournalism Award - City of Gijon. Finalist.