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Maciek Nabrdalik

LEICA Fotografie International / BarTur Award Photojournalist of the Year

Maciek Nabrdalik

Highly Commended

Maciek Nabrdalik is a Warsaw-based documentary photographer whose primary focus is on sociological changes in Eastern Europe. He is a member of the VII Photo (

His work has been published and exhibited internationally. He is the author of three books. His project on German Nazi camp survivors worldwide was published as The Irreversible in 2013 and reprinted in 2014 for Educational purposes. Homesick, which summarizes his long-term project chronicling the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, was published in 2016.

In January 2018, OUT, Nabrdalik’s latest book, portraying the Polish LGBTQ community, was published in the USA by The New Press.

He is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University 2016/2017.

He is a member of the Press Club Poland and The Union of Polish Art Photographers. He is a Global Canon Ambassador.

Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

All across Poland


Terrified by Russian bombs and missiles landing near their towns and villages and rumors that Russian tanks would soon arrive, thousands of Ukrainians crossed into eastern Poland on Friday, Feb 25th, a day after Russia invaded Ukraine, as a mass exodus from Ukraine gathered pace.

Poland's border service said that 29,000 people had arrived from Ukraine on the first day of the war. Many more made the journey across Ukraine's western border on Friday as fears grew that Russia intended to seize the whole country, even western regions far from the fiercest fighting north of Crimea on the Black Sea and in the eastern Donbas region.

Most of those who crossed into Poland at Medyka, one of the few border posts with Ukraine that allows pedestrians and vehicles, were women and their children. All men between 18 and 60 are barred from leaving Ukraine by a government order to keep potential fighters inside the country to confront advancing Russian forces.

Russia's attack has taken on such large, unpredictable dimensions that even people living far from what were expected to be the main combat zones are taking flight and racing to border crossings into Poland, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania.

According to the United Nations (UN), at least 12 million people have fled their homes since Russia invaded Ukraine. More than five million have left for neighbouring countries, while seven million people are still thought to be displaced inside Ukraine itself.

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