Yana Kononova has an academic education in social sciences and holds a Ph.D. in sociological sciences. She was born on the island of Pirallahi in the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan. Currently, this is an important oil extraction site. During the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, her family emigrated to Ukraine. Yana graduated from Viktor Marushchenko's photography school and then studied in an extended photography course organized by Image Threads Collective (USA). In 2019, Kononova received the Bird in Flight Prize in the "Discovery of the Year" category, and in 2022, she became the laureate of the Hariban Award from the Benrido studio.