Silver / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

LORDS OF THE GUNS

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Feature Story
  • Company
    Reuters
  • Photographer
    Eduard Korniyenko

In Russia, military patriotic education has become part of the school system. From an early age children study Russian history, practice appropriate for their age tasks and skills, train at the patriotic military clubs. In Caucasus region, where the cult of arms and military traditions are strong, there exist specialised cadet schools. In these schools, along with standard scholar cursus, are added such disciplines as spiritual teachings, multi-day field trainings with nights outside, parachute jumping and mastering arms. On a regular basis cadets go through intensive training program at a base located near Stavropol city. These kids approach in a very adult way their “soldier job”. Many of these children dream of a military career.

Born in Stavropol, Russia, in 1974. Eduard Korniyenko became a professional photographer in 2000.

In 2002 he joined the Russian Union of Journalists. At present, Korniyenko is a full-time photo-correspondent for the regional newspaper Stavropol Pravda and a freelancer for the news agency REUTERS.

His work as a photojournalist has focused on developments in Northern Caucasus, which has experienced ethnic and intercultural conflict and political and economic instability.

I greatly enjoy photographs on social themes that reveal life and development of modern society.