Honorable Mention / 2021 / Portraiture / Self-Portrait

Right to give birth

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    Alyona Kochetkova
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To conceive a child is a problem for cancer surviving women. The chance to regain fertility depends on the type and duration of treatment and patient's age.  
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 29th birthday. After some years of remission I was still infertile. Doctor told me that I probably wouldn't be able to conceive anymore. I was depressed and then the COVID-19 lockdown hit. Two months later my husband and I found out that I was pregnant. It was joyful, yet disturbing. The anxiety grew as my relatives fell ill. After nine months full of hope and fears I gave birth to a boy.

Russian freelance photographer and educator. She was born in 1988 in Kaluga, Russia. Her works have been published in TIME magazine, La Vanguardia, Folha De S.Paulo, Russian reporter magazine, Lenta.ru etc. She is an author of solo and many group exhibitions.

Awards Alyona is 3rd Prize Winner of World Press Photo 2019, 3rd Prize Winner of Px3 Paris Photography Prize, Honorable Mention of IPA, Grand Prix & 1st Prize winner of The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest,, Grand Prix Winner – The Young People In The XXI Century International Contest (Lithuania), finalist of The Circle Of Life contest 2019 (Lithuania). Her pictures were exhibited in Photobiennale Of The State Russian Museum, Baltic Biennale Of Photography Photomania, Volga Biennale Of Photography, PiterPhotoFest and many others. Photos are in collection of Leica Gallery Vienna, The State Russian Museum and Chuvash State Art Museum.