Shortlist 2019

Maria Plotnikova

Maria was born and raised in Moscow, for several years lived in South America. Until 2010 she worked as a sports photographer in national mass media. Currently, she works as a freelance photographer with leading Russian media and sports organizations. Plotnikova worked as a sports photographer at major sports events such as the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Mundial 2014 in Brazil and Summer Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

The Compromise


This project is about the daily life of Russian "Old Believers" living in the Bolivian province of Santa Cruz for over 40 years. "Old Believers" is a common name for religious movements in Russia, arising from the rejection of church reforms in the XVII century. Due to persecution, the Old Believers had to leave Russia in the first half of the XX century and eventually move to South America. Old Believers settled down 40 years ago in the village of Toborochi, three hours drive from the city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia.  Even now, this settlement is not on maps, and in the 1970s there were completely uninhabited lands surrounded by dense jungle. Santa Cruz Province, Bolivia, 2014-2016.