Mstyslav Chernov

20 days in Mariupol
War correspondent, filmmaker, photographer and novelist

Mstyslav Chernov is a Ukrainian war correspondent, filmmaker, photographer and novelist, known for his coverage of the Ukrainian revolution, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the war in Iraq, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh, and Afghanistan under Taliban rule after U.S. withdrawal, as well as for his art installations and exhibitions. 

Chernov is an Associated Press journalist and the President of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers (UAPF). In 2022, Chernov documented the siege in Mariupol as one of two remaining international journalists in the city. For this work he received the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award, the Georgy Gongadze Prize, the Knight International Journalism Awards, the Biagio Agnes Award, the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award, the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award, the Free Media Awards, and the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize for Impact.  

Video materials from Chernov’s work in Mariupol became the basis of the documentary 20 Days In Mariupol which has won multiple awards including an Audience Award at the Sundance film festival in 2023,  a BAFTA for Best Documentary and an Oscar for Documentary Feature Film at the 2024 Academy Awards.

In 2023, Chernov shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for his work in Mariupol.