Winners 2016

Sergei Loiko

Sergei L. Loiko, a prize winning journalist, Los Angeles Times photographer and staff writer was born in Moscow, Russia on February 26, 1953. He has covered wars, crises and daily life in Russia and the former Soviet states for the Los Angeles Times since 1991. He reported from northern Afghanistan in 2001 and from Iraq in 2003. In 2005, he contributed to then-Moscow Bureau Chief Kim Murphys Pulitzer Prize-winning reports. His book, Shock and Awe, War in Iraq, published in Russian in 2004, was a regional best-seller. Before joining the Times, he was a television producer, a sergeant in the Strategic Rocket Forces and an English language high school teacher. Loiko graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University. Loiko was the only foreign correspondent inside Donetsk Airport at the peak of the fighting in October 2014 where he spent four days and three nights with a Ukrainian unit defending the airport terminals from the separatists' attacks. Loiko received OPC Bob Considine Award in 2015 for his series of stories about the war in Donbass. Loiko is also an acclaimed writer His novel Airport based on his stories and photographs was published in Russian and Ukrainian in 2015 and has been translated into 10 languages since then.

2 place
The Conflict


The photographs in this package were taken at Donetsk airport and other places during the war in Ukraine.