close iframe icon
Banner

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Resettlers

After the worst nuclear disaster in history at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, over 200,000 people living within a 30km radius were evacuated to othe...
Read more

After the worst nuclear disaster in history at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, over 200,000 people living within a 30km radius were evacuated to other cities, most never to return. Some, desperately unhappy with their new lives began to break back into the exclusion zone to resettle despite the risks. Although the exclusion zone is still in place and will remain so for many years due to elevated levels of radioactivity, the government eventually legalised a handful of resettlers, all over 70 years old.

Ivan and his wife Maria live happily with their cats amongst the radioactive hotspots, a few kilometers from the nuclear power plant.
Read less

Views

8707

Likes

Awards

Contest Finalist in Together Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Once Upon A Time Photo Contest
Featured
Contest Finalist in Photojournalism Photo Contest
People's Choice in People and Their Stories Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in Mark Of Time Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Faces And Places Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Picture People Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Live Simply Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Seated Photo Contest
Staff Favorite
  View more
Superb Composition
Peer Award
Top Choice
Absolute Masterpiece
Outstanding Creativity
pierrehusson soumenmandal 4049 curtmesser Rui_Santos jdlotz carlenestapley +53
All Star
JayneBug jevgenijscolokov Pidge815 JDavid Blueyeswgtn Bossy devendravaishnav +35
Superior Skill
marthamcclanahanpierce GabrielleH ckfarms cliffordgarstkasr bobbihensley 9402_9046 llaesanorth +22
Magnificent Capture
MelanieCGoins thatunicorngal Joanna101 SEE_PODIO_Pablo-Klik annakoperczak JazMo baybig +21
Love it
billmoutz isophie hansgoepel_9013 stevenranger PhotogTips RedMidlander michaelkdavies +6
Exceptional Contrast
lizaotrefy anonymouspig lauramedeahlsemann m_markovic
Genius
ewatt shellyharriskasper ritafayeadams Jennifer-Wagner-Amos
Virtuoso
Badgrandad

Emotions

Impressed
Pidge815

Top Ranks

Color Explorer Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Color Explorer Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Together Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Together Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 30 rank
Once Upon A Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Once Upon A Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Photojournalism Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Photojournalism Photo ContestTop 10 rank month 1
Photojournalism Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 3
Photojournalism Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
Photojournalism Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Trey Ratcliffs Put Your Best Foot Forward Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Mark Of Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Mark Of Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 5
Mark Of Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank month 1
Mark Of Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 3
Mark Of Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
Mark Of Time Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Faces And Places Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Faces And Places Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Environmental Portraits Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Environmental Portraits Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 1
Picture People Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Picture People Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Live Simply Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Live Simply Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 2
29 Comments |
AlanJakarta
 
AlanJakarta July 15, 2013
Wonderful portrait of this old couple & their cat which certainly depicts their plight from that awful event. Congratulations.
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen October 31, 2013
Congrats.
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo October 31, 2013
I wouldn't have even wanted to be there taking pictures... Excellent work! Thank you for sharing that info with us. Congrats on your Award and on being a Finalist!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ November 01, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Seated Contest.
changezi
 
changezi December 10, 2013
nice
jleiweke
 
jleiweke December 10, 2013
Congrats!
Meliada PRO
 
Meliada February 25, 2015
What a beautiful photo. I fell in love with this couple immediately. Thanks for telling their story.
PatricaK
 
PatricaK March 02, 2015
Such a sad story. Thank you for sharing
ilyk
 
ilyk May 15, 2015
That woman has the love in her eyes... Beautiful photo! Congrats
NickM18
 
NickM18 May 15, 2015
Many thanks to everyone for the comments! Spending an hour with Ivan, Maria and their cats was one of the highlights of my trip to the exclusion zone. An experience that was both saddening and truly heartwarming.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 16, 2015
Great capture! Congrats.
Robb PRO+
 
Robb August 08, 2015
really really enjoy this....
vshumate
 
vshumate August 24, 2015
Inspiring!
Captured-by-Carol Platinum
 
Captured-by-Carol August 29, 2015
What an amazing strong and powerful image. Great work and thank you for sharing the story behind it.
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter August 30, 2015
Wonderful capture, great edit. Always like to see ordinary folks in their natural setting. Great job. - Jake
Sylben
 
Sylben September 04, 2015
Stunning
bonniedlizarraga
 
bonniedlizarraga September 23, 2015
Your Photo is just amazing. this should have won.. can't say enough about it..
rgmoore PRO
 
rgmoore October 21, 2015
I think this would even be more powerful in black and white
nandicmb
 
nandicmb November 26, 2015
Congratulations on all your Awards!
ElizabethSPool
 
ElizabethSPool December 05, 2015
Wow! Great emotional image.
tootsreedle
 
tootsreedle January 13, 2016
Did you know them? They look a couple that knows getting your fingers in the dirt is the best life.
tootsreedle
 
tootsreedle January 13, 2016
** like
gailerasmus
 
gailerasmus March 30, 2016
Beautiful image!!
annakoperczak Platinum
 
annakoperczak April 24, 2016
How were you allowed to photograph in the Exclusion Zone?
asia_krasuska
 
asia_krasuska May 20, 2016
Very authentic and beautiful, also very moving in the sense that the smiles indicate happiness despite all odds. Thank you for sharing.
vitor Platinum
 
vitor February 16, 2017
Masterpiece!
Pidge815
 
Pidge815 December 14, 2017
Magnificent! Congratulations!
RSeanC Platinum
 
RSeanC December 23, 2019
Great picture
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 February 16, 2020
Wonderful capture and fascinating story. Have you heard anything more about the people who were allowed to return? Congratulations on being a finalist.
See all
It’s your time to shine! ☀️

Share photos. Enter contests to win great prizes.
Earn coins, get amazing rewards. Join for free.

Already a member? Log In

By continuing, you agree to our Terms of Service, and acknowledge you've read our Privacy Policy Notice.