Bird in Flight Prize ¦
¬ international ¤ award for innovative approach to telling a story through a phÞtograph

Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 Winner is Shadman Shahid

The shortlisted projects were showcased at the exhibition at the Set art space located in Kyiv [Yaroslaviv Val Street, 14A] from 11 october to 10 November 2019.

you may also check the shortlist on Bird In Flight website.

The concept of the Bird in Flight Prize is to support photographers who think outside the box of traditional artistic standards. Our contest is not about photoprojects that cater to the existing general demand. It’s about discovering new ways to tell a story using the means and tools of photography. We encourage artistic freedom and diversity therefore we don’t impose time constraints upon our participants. We do not limit them in their choices of subjects and creativity methods. We also allow image editing as well as the usage of other images [as long as the copyrights are being observed].

The jury of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 included photographers, artists, curators and photo editors from Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich and Chiang Mai.

First prize is €2000

The jury selects one winner out of the ten participating photographers from the shortlist.

Nomination Panasonic Readers’ Choice Award

This nomination consisted of 30 photoseries selected by the editorial board of Bird in Flight. The winner was chosen by open voting.

The prize is a Panasonic Lumix GX9 camera.

Maidan Faces

by Mykhaylo Palinchak
The winner of the Panasonic Readers’ Choice Award nomination

Portfolio review

Fifteen participants received reviews of their work by the jury board members Antoine d’Agata, Ola Lanko, Dmitry Kostyukov, Salvatore Vitale or Vlad Sokhin.



Antoine d’Agata photographer, artist [Paris]


Salvatore Vitale artist, editor-in-chief of YET magazine [Zurich]


Ola Lanko artist, photographer [Amsterdam]


Dmitry Kostyukov photographer [Paris]


Vlad Sokhin photographer [Chiang Mai]


Emilia van Lynden member of the Unseen Advisory Committee [Amsterdam] Photo: Sophie Wright

pre-selection board

Olga Osipova
Bird in Flight photo editor

Alina Sanduliak
Bird in Flight photo school curator

Mariia Vtorushina
Set art space curator

Mariia Lanko
curator, co-founder of The Naked Room gallery

Kateryna Radchenko
Odesa Photo Days festival director

Bird in Flight doesn’t edit project descriptions and is not responsible for the content. 


The winner was announced and the award ceremony was held on the 11th of October, 2019, in Kyiv at the set art space [Yaroslaviv Val Street, 14A], on the first day of the shortlist exhibtion.

Lectures and a portfolio review featuring jury members Antoine d’Agata, Ola Lanko, Dmitry Kostyukov, Salvatore Vitale, and Vlad Sokhin were also on the roster.


September 2019

shortlist announcement and its publication on Bird in Flight

11 October 2019

winner announcement and award ceremony at the Set Art space in Kyiv

12 October 2019

12 October 2019

13 October 2019

13 October 2019


The exhibition of the finalists was taking place at the Set art space.

Partner of the Special award is Panasonic.

Bird in Flight Prize ‘18

The winner of the Bird in Flight Prize ‘18 is Valentine Bo with “Your next step would be to do the Transmission” project.

you may check the shortlist of the last year on Bird In Flight website.

The shortlisted pieces were also showcased at the exhibition which takes place 1-4 November at the Photo Kyiv art fair, located in kyiv at Chicago Central House.