Volha Shukaila is a Belarusian photojournalist, photo editor from Minsk, Belarus. She was born on March 11, 1988 in Minsk. She began her career as a photojournalist in late 2012.
Volha graduated from Minsk State Technological College with a Degree in Photography in 2009, and from Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts with a Degree in Culturology in 2015.
Volha had an experience of studio, wedding and commercial photography before she started her career in photojournalism. A great influence on her was a course in photojournalism from Andrei Polikanov, Yuri Kozyrev, Tatiana Plotnikova and Stanley Greene, organized by Belarus Press Photo contest in 2013.
Volha started her career as a photo editor and part-time photojournalist in 2014 at TUT.BY Media – the biggest independent on-line media in Belarus. Her favourite topics are working with agencies archive, creating thematic photo collections, editing of reportages and photostories. She teached photo-editing at the Belarusian State University (Faculty of Advanced Studies and Retraining) from 2019 till 2020. From 2017 till June 2021 Volha worked at TUT.BY as a staff photojournalist. On May 18, 2021 her media was blocked and destroyed by the authorities, 15 of her colleagues were arrested, including CEO, editor-in-chief, journalists and others. Because of safety reasons Volha was forced to leave the country. She is temporarily staying in Poland.
Her professional interests are social issues, women's empowerment, environment, news photography.
Open to work with archives about protests in Belarus 2020 – 2021, including work of independent journalists. Open for an assignment.
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2016 – Workshop «Understanding the truth of Conflict Photography. Personal/moral decisions & physical/logistical knowledge on the subject». Christopher Morris, TIME magazine. Minsk, Belarus.
2016 – On-line course «Photo composition». Artem Chernov, Photopolygon.com project
2014 – Workshop «Personal project: photo, multimedia, promotion». Pep Bonet, NOOR. Vilnius, Lithuania.
2014 – Workshop «Create your multimedia project». Andrei Lenkevich. Minsk, Belarus.
2013 – Workshop «Contemporary photography and personal projects». Stanley Greene, NOOR. Vilnius, Lithuania.
2013 – Photo school at Belarus Press Photo Competition «Working on personal projects». Andrei Polikanov, Yuri Kozyrev,Tatiana Plotnikova. Minsk, Belarus.
2011 – Workshop «The way to success. Photo stories. Work with news agencies» - free listener. Sergey Maximishin. Minsk, Belarus.
2010 – 2015 - Balarusian State University of Culture and Arts. Minsk, Belarus.
2005 – 2009 - Minsk State Technological College. Minsk, Belarus.
Freelance photojournalist – from June 2021.
Photojournalist – Belarusian portal TUT.BY from 2014 to 2021.
Photo editor – Belarusian portal TUT.BY from 2014 to 2017.
Assistant of wedding and commercial photographers - from 2010 to 2013.
Photographer, editor, teacher, manager - Photocompany Znyata from 2009 to 2012.
Studio photographer, trainee - design studio Vodoleya, 2009. Minsk, Belarus.
Photoreporter, trainee - Belarusian Telegraph Agency, 2008. Minsk, Belarus.
Works published in TUT.BY, IMENA, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, SLEEK magazine and others media.
Lecturer for discipline "Photo Editing" at Faculty of Advanced Studies and Retraining of BSU - from 2019 to 2020 .
Coordinator and participant of the photo exhibitions “SPRAVAZDACHA. Best pictures of TUT.BY photo department” annually since 2015.
Backstage photographer for “HER STORY” documentary project. Macedonia, 2018.
Languages: Belarusian, Russian, English, Polish.
Hobby: solo traveling, rock climbing.