Alexey Vasilyev was born in 1985 in the coldest region of Russia — Yakutia, where the temperature can reach the grade mark -60 C°.

In 2008 graduated from the philological faculty of the Yakut state University. From 2010 to 2019 worked in the children’s republican newspaper «The Youth of the North». Since 2017 a member of the Russian Union of photographers. In 2018 entered the school of modern photography in St. Petersburg «Dokdokdok».

Features of her work have been published in the The Guardian, National Geographic, National Geographic (Russia), Wired, Calvert Journal, Meduza, It’s Nice That, Takie Dela (Russia), (Russia), LensCulture, MoscowTimes, MyModernMet and etc.

In his documentary works he focuses on the daily life research of people in the far North and their national identity in the global world.


2016 Street Photography Awards Lens Culture / finalist

2016 Mobile Photo Awards / honorable mention

2017 Young photographers of Russia photo contest / winner

2018 Emerging Talent Awards Lens Culture / winner

2018 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest / finalist

2019 Visual Storytelling Contest LenCuture / finalist

2019 Pictures of the Year International / Community Awareness Award / finalist

2019 Blurring the lines / finalist

2019 PDN Photo Annual / winner

2019 Kolga Tbilisi Photo / One shot category / Finalist

2019 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest / 1st place

2019 Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2019 / Photojournalism category/ Winner

2019 International Photography Grant / Nominee

2020 2nd International VOHH Foto Fest 2020/ Winner

2020  ZEISS Photography Award 2020 / Shortlist 

2020 Direct Look Photoconest / III place

2020 New east Photo Prize / Winner 

2021 World Press Photo / 1st place Winner

2021 Emerging Photographer Fund/Burn magazine/ Finalist

2022 Pictures of the Year Asia (POY Asia)/ Cultural Practices/ 1st place winner