Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Freelance documentary photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz, born in Poland 1973, is based in the Republic of Georgia.

She regularly collaborates with The New York Times and Newsweek Poland. Additionally, her works have been published in various publications including Monocle, Stern, Russian Reporter, NG Travel, Le Monde, GEO, amongst others.

In 2009, she received Second Prize in World Press Photo Competition (People in the News category) for her coverage of war in South Ossetia. That same year, she was a winner of the Canon Female Photojournalist Prize, a prize given annually in the international photojournalism festival Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France.

Justyna started her work as a photojournalist in 1999 as a photographer for Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. In 2002, she became freelance and moved to Georgia, where she started to work on her long-term documentary project about the South Caucasus. The project received awards including second prize in the Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts Project and honorable mention from the Dorotea Lange/Robert Taylor Prize in 2003. The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts bought her works for their museum collection. Recently her work appeared in the German yearbook of Reporters without Borders. She has also worked for humanitarian organizations such as the UN, Save the Children, and UMCOR photographing their activities.

She is a member and co-founder of collectives EVE photographers and SPUTNIK photos.

Formal education: Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland / 1998 Masters - Science of Culture at New Media and Culture Management / Theses: “Camille Paglia- Mona Lisa with a Moustache Among Art Critics.”