Maria Morina is an emerging Russian documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Kiev, Ukraine. She graduated from St. Petersburg State University, International Relations, and attended Galperin photojournalism faculty in St. Petersburg and several workshops by Yury Kozyrev/ NOOR, and Bjarke Myrthu/ StoryPlanet organized by Objective Reality Foundation. Ms. Morina has participated in several group exhibitions and installations in Russia, UK, and US. She also worked as a field producer for documentary film Birth Of Nation by Daya Cahen, 2010. Since 2009 Ms. Morina has been working on a joint project by three female photographers Grozny: Nine Cities, exploring specific aspects of the aftermath of two Chechen wars, which has been nominated for several international awards – grand prize winner in the Multimedia Category of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, finalist of the Aftermath Project Grant, PDN Photo-Annual Contestshortlisted for Anthropographia Human Rights Through Visual Storytelling Awards, Voies Off Prize. In 2011 Ms. Morina’s 5.5 minutes documentary films on Nizhny Tagil youngsters lifestyle was selected for The Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid and won a honorable mention from the International Photography Awards in 2012.