2015 winner Mstyslav Chernov

Mstyslav Chernov is a Ukrainian photojournalist. His photographs are outstanding, with elements of Magnum shining off the screen.

Throughout 2014, Mstyslav documented the events unfolding around him in his own country. He joined the Associated Press in May 2014, originally working as a researcher in eastern Ukraine.


His expertise for his homeland and his stunning photographic background helped illustrate the conflict in his own country.

His still photographs soon developed into video footage such as the Hell in Kiev. Mentored by fellow AP cameramen, Mstyslav’s soon began to file regularly for the agency.

Mstyslav’s newsgathering skills take advantage of the very latest technology. He has shown himself to be a successful multi platform operator. His first assignments for AP included filing on his iPhone from the battle taking place around the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash site. He went on to cover the story fully providing AP with comprehensive coverage of the crashed plane. Caro Kriel, European news director for AP commented, “Through his involvement in some critical stories, Chernov has quickly proved himself to be a rare, multiformat journalist with an uncanny ability to develop a story in the most difficult conditions. He is a natural visual storyteller and his signature trait – compassion for humanity that suffuses almost every image – has ensured that his work has had an immediate impact.”


This was backed up by the RTS judges on awarding him Young Talent of the Year,  “His pictures ‘sizzled’ – with a visual narrative which took you right to the heart of the story.”

Royal Television Society Young Talent of the Year

Immediately after John’s death, his friends and family instigated  the Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year bursary, a prestigious award given to the journalist deemed by the RTS judges to have fulfilled their criteria.


Past winners of this award include Faisal Islam (Channel 4 News Economics Editor), Matthew Price (BBC Brussels correspondent) James Reynolds (BBC Tehran correspondent), Hannah Thomas-Peter (Sky News reporter) and, in 2014, Ciaran Jenkins of Channel 4 News.

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