Inaugural PhotoVoice Awards

Yanina Shevchenko is the grand-prize winner of the inaugural PhotoVoice Awards. She won the competition with her series ‘Vanishing’ that focuses on a disappearing rural community in Belarus.

‘At the moment the population of Gonchanskoe is less than 200 people. In 2013 there were 14 pupils in local school. In the summer 2014 the school closed down. The village is home to primarily pensioners.“Gonchanskoe doesn’t have any future,” Ivan told me. “All working, living force, young people under 40 left the village and won’t come back. The peat enterprise was based on the old model. There are no necessary facilities. Youth left to more promising enterprise. This is our sad story.”

’PhotoVoice is the award-winning charity which uses photography to deliver positive social change. The competition is supported by theprintspace.