Sergey Ponomarev is a freelance photographer. Before becoming a freelancer in 2012, Sergey worked for the Associated Press starting in 2003.
Sergey is best known for his photojournalism works depicting Russian daily life and culture as well as news images from wars and conflicts in Middle East including Syria, Gaza, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya. He has won many international and domestic photography awards.
Most recently, he won first place prize, in the General News category at World Press Photo contest for European Refugee crisis, was finalist at the Pulitzer prize in 2015, the third place prize, in the war category, at the 2014 Picture of the Year contest, received the first place prize for an editorial photo essay at the International Photography Awards, received an honorable mention in the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, was shortlisted for the Terry O’Neil Photography awards and earned an award of excellence from the Society of Publishers in Asia for his moving coverage of Typhoon Haiyan.
Sergey graduated Moscow State University and Academy of Labor and Social Relations. He enjoys snowboarding, researching history, watching war movies and spending time with his kids.