Belarusian photographer Tatsiana Tkachova became one of the winners of the World Press Photo – the most prestigious photo contest in the world.
Recall that Tatsiana was nominated for a series of portraits and stories titled Between Law and Shame. She took second prize in this category. According to the photographer, her project started as a personal story. Tatsiana’s mother was pregnant with her when a nuclear accident occured at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The woman lived in the urban village of Krasnopolie in southeastern Belarus, but did not want to have an abortion and went to Georgia for a while. Over time, she became pregnant again and decided to have an abortion, since she was afraid of the consequences of the accident.
“I never blamed her for this, but I asked such questions: “Why did you do that? I would have had a brother or sister…” I unknowingly offended her with these questions, which I understood later when I was working on this project,” Tkachova said in an interview with Current Time.
In her project, Belarusian women who have considered abortion or made them shared their stories with Tatsiana but asked to stay anonymous. The women had a range of concerns – from contamination after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to fears of poverty, raising a child as a single parent or sexual abuse background.
Since 1955 the World Press Photo Contest has recognized professional photographers for the best pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,996 photographs entered by 4,282 photographers from 125 countries.