Self-portrait in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, 25 Feb 2022.

JULIA KOCHETOVA, 30, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.
Ukrainian, reporting from Ukraine now.
Game-changer, troubled daughter, and sometimes punk.

Studied journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University (UA) and Mohyla School of Journalism (UA), participated in IDFA academy (NL).

As a freelancer, I covered Maidan revolution (2013-2014), the annexation of Crimea (2014), and Russia-Ukraine war (2014-now).

It shapes all my professional path – I’m part of the generation of the revolution&war. My work from the conflict zone was presented at personal and group exhibitions in UK, USA, France, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Portugal and all over Ukraine.

In my documentaries, I research topics of home, post-trauma, and occupation. The main interest I have is to film the person in transition.

I started to work as a director with an autobiographical love story «See you later», which was presented and got special awards in different film festivals in Estonia, France, Brazil, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Since 24 Feb 2022 I’m writing a visual diary via Instagram – @seameer, because I do really believe in firsthand storytelling. My recent war coverage was presented by Adobe Lightroom and Fotografiska gallery. Proud to share the story of my country via the best media outlets: Vice News, Der Spiegel, Zeit, Bloomberg, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, FP, Reuters, NBC.

Focused on the issues of the war generation, post-traumatic stress disorder and feminism. Based in Kyiv, open to collaborate.


2024 World Press Photo Global Award, Open Format
2024 World Press Photo Award: Europe, Open Format
2024 Overseas Press Club Awards: The David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award, Citation Winners, VICE News (Ben C. Solomon, Adam Desiderio)
2023 Emmy Award “Outstanding Continuing News Coverage: Long Form” with VICE News Tonight
2023 Hinzpeter Award for "The Battle for Bakhmut" with VICE News (Ben C. Solomon, Adam Desiderio)
2023 BarTur Photo Award, shortlist
2023 Overseas Press Club Awards: The Edward R. Murrow Award, Citation Winners, VICE News (Ben C. Solomon, Adam Desiderio)
2022 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, shortlist
2022 Order of Merit III degree
2020 Gold Effie Awards Ukraine in marketing, Veterano Brownie

EXHIBITIONS / selected

World Press Photo exhibition, across the globe, 2024
Group exhibition “Invasion”, Warchive, Centrum för fotografi, Sweden, 2023
Solo exhibition “Defenders” x Fine Acts - Part of BEAF Arts Festival, Boscombe, UK, 2023
Solo exhibition "VAMOS FALAR DE CRIANÇAS”, Portugal, 2023
Group exhibition “URGENCY! Ukraine”, Bronx Documentary Center, New York, 2022
Group exhibition “The Captured House”, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, 2022
Advertisment campaign "Female scientists", Kyiv, Ukraine, 2021
Solo exhibition "Civillians" at Veteran Hub, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2020
Solo exhibition "Femm in East", Odesa, Ukraine, 2019
Group exhibition “RAW: A History of Changes in Ukrainians and in the Ukrainian Armed Forces” Kyiv, Paris, New York,  2016-2017
Group exhibition “Conflict zone: Ukraine”, Chicago, USA, 2015
Group exhibition "Ukraine 24. War&Peace", Los Angeles, New York, 2015
Group exhibition “Ukrainian Crisis”, London, UK, 2014
Group exhibition “Together we are Ukraine”, Washington DC, USA, 2014
Group exhibition “Maidan”, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2014

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