NIKOLAI GAVRILEN 25 years ago, Northern Ukraine saw the biggest nuclear disaster on the face of the Earth, with the explosion on site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant destroying reactor 4. Nikolai Gavrilen worked as a clean-up vehicle driver from the first days following the event. He drove on daily basis through heavily contaminated areas, totally unprotected against radiation, the consequences of which were not long in coming. Some two months later he developed hand tremors, with his whole body fighting shakes soon after. Eventually he sustained a mental breakdown. So far, he has had two brain tumor surgeries, suffers from locomotive difficulties and considerable speech problems. Nikolai is a first group invalid, lives in the town of Ivankiv, Ukraine, and depends on his wife for help.

Petr Toman

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Biography

Petr Toman is a documentary photographer and journalist. After several years of work for a daily he abandoned traditional journalism and moved his focus to long-term social-documentary projects.

His main topics cover traumatic and post-traumatic psychological wounds of war veterans or people confronted with extreme violence or political changes.

For several years Toman has been capturing psychological and social impact of Chernobyl catastrophe on life of people of northern Ukraine.

In the past year he has intensively covered war in Eastern Ukraine and its impact on human psyche. Together with stories of people whose lives have been affected by the conflict Toman's pictures are telling of changing values of things and deeds.

Toman has been long cooperating with one of the legends of world photojournalism Antonin Kratochvil. In 2014 he was short-listed in the Mentor programme of VII agency.

Toman is a regular prize grabber in international competitions POYi, The Best of Photojournalism NPPA, Czech Press Photo, IPA Award, SocialDocumentary. While he publishes in Reportér Magazín, Echo 24, ─îiliChili, The Prager Zeitung.