about Olena 


I`m a photographer from Ukraine. 


I didn't want to be a photographer until war came to my house (Donetsk). To me, photography has tremendous power. It helps to handle emotions. It helps to convey the emotions and feelings of others. It changes lives and our hearts. Photography is my life.

I started my way in documentary and reportage photography in 2015 after National Geographic Photo Camp in Kharkiv. I have worked with NGOs, charities and media.

Awards & Exhibitions

Exhibitions and awards have never been the purpose of my work. For me, helping people is what matters.

All-Ukrainian photo contest "Charity through the lens"

People's Choice Award


The photo was taken in an orphanage in the town of Ladyzhyn. All children have a disability due to severe cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. Volunteers play with them, arrange wheelchair races, etc.


About exhibition - BBC Ukraine

National Geographic Photo Camp Ukraine 2015

A photo camp organized by National Geographic took place in Kharkiv from 5th till 10th July 2015. The best works were demonstrated in the exhibition area at Kharkiv ‘Yermolov Centre’. As a result of the National Geographic Photo Camp, wide scale photo exhibitions demonstrating 50 best photos were held in eight cities of Ukraine.

More about exhibition - www.nationalgeographic.com

The Human Journey. The Kennedy center. 

Washington DC

The exhibit is a part of a big project - The Human Journey. The project was organized by the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art.

More about - Kennedy Center

National Geographic Photo Camp Ukraine 2019

A photo camp organized by National Geographic took place in Washington DC. National Geographic Photo Camp engages young photographers from underserved communities, including at-risk and refugee teens. They learn how to use photography to tell their own stories and explore the world around them.