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The winners of the Shevchenko Prize 2024 have been announced: UAPP founder Mstyslav Chernov is among the laureates

The Shevchenko Prize award ceremony. Kyiv, 9 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


Ukrainian film director, documentary filmmaker, and UAPF founder Mstislav Chernov was awarded the highest creative award in Ukraine for his significant contribution to the development of culture and art. The relevant Decree of the President of Ukraine with the full list of winners of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine for 2024 was published on the website of the Head of State.



Mstyslav Chernov was awarded in the "Publicistics and Journalism" category together with photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and producer Vasylisa Stepanenko for a series of journalistic materials from Mariupol, surrounded by Russian troops, in the spring of 2022. These include reports, photos and videos, investigations and the film 20 Days in Mariupol. The team was the only representative of the international media who helped the world learn the truth about the destruction of the Ukrainian city by Russians. Chernov, Maloletka and Stepanenko went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, 20 Days in Mariupol won the highest British film award, the BAFTA, and was nominated for an "Oscar" for Best Documentary.



In addition to the "Publicistics and Journalism" nomination, artists in four other nominations received the highest Ukrainian cultural award:


Literature - Dmytro Lazutkin for his book of poetry "Bookmark" and Yaryna Chornohuz for her book of poetry [dasein: defence of presence].


Music - Jamala for her album "Qirim" and composer Carmella Tsepkolenko.


Theatre - Ivan Uryvsky, Tetiana Ovsiichuk, Susanna Karpenko for the play "Konotop Witch".


Visual Arts - Andriy Yermolenko for his series of works Ukrainian resistance.


President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech at the award ceremony. "For the human community to become a nation and a state, the best characters in the country must have hearts that are not enough to live only for themselves. Such hearts speak to those around them. I thank each and every one of you who lives not only for yourself, who cares about people and our entire country," the President said during the award ceremony..


The award has been presented annually since 1961 to mark Taras Shevchenko's birthday on 9 March. It is Ukraine's highest creative honour for a significant contribution to the development of culture and art. No more than seven National Prizes can be awarded each year, and a person can be awarded once in their lifetime. The award is conferred by the President of Ukraine on the basis of a decision of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize Committee. This year, the Presidential Decree stipulates that the Shevchenko Prize will be worth 429,000 UAH.


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