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Raise awareness of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 25yrs later, send National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig to continue coverage.
Raise awareness of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 25yrs later, send National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig to continue coverage.
435 backers pledged $23,316 to help bring this project to life.

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl Named POYi Photo Book of the Year


Dear Backers,

I am happy to announce that "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl" has just been named Photo Book of the Year by Pictures of the Year International (POYi).

Pictures of the Year International (POYi) is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. POYi’s mission is to honor and promote the work of documentary photographers, magazine, newspaper, and freelance photojournalists. POYi’s worldwide competition sets the gold standard for excellence in documentary photography, photojournalism, visual editing, and online multimedia. Each year, more than 48,000 works are submitted to the contest by photojournalists from over 70 nations, who document the news events, social issues, and cultural trends.

While the initial coverage was produced on assignments for National Geographic Magazine, returning to Chernobyl and publishing this book would not have been possible without your help. Thank you for your continued support and belief in the importance of this body of work.

To see the announcement on The Long Shadow of Chernobyl website, visit:

All best, 


Photo Book Available Now & Upcoming Workshop

Dear Backers, 

I’m excited to say that following our second successful Kickstarter campaign this spring, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl photo book is now a reality. It turned out beautifully, I think, and I’ve enjoyed hearing from those of you who already own a copy. Anyone interested in purchasing a signed copy can find them through my website here.

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl Exhibition & Book Launch, Natural History Museum, Vienna. 

Following the book launch and accompanying exhibition at the Natural History Museum Vienna, pictured above thanks to Kurt Kracher, the next exhibition of my work from Chernobyl will be at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, this September, in the Leica Hall 1. This exhibition coincides with my receipt of the 2014 Dr. Erich-Salomon Award, the highest lifetime-achievement award in photojournalism given in Germany by the DGPh (German Society for Photography), which I am very humbled and honored to receive. 

Also, I will be teaching a documentary photography workshop in Los Angeles October 23-27. There are still some spots available, so if you or someone you know is interested in participating, more information can be found here. 

As always, news, recent book reviews, and press updates on The Long Shadow of Chernobyl can be found at

Thank you again for your support!

All best,

The Photo Book Is Here!

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Dear Backers,

After covering the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster for over 20 years (thanks to your help), I feel it is now time to culminate this coverage into a profound, high quality photo book, and I need your help to make it a reality.

Today I am launching a new Kickstarter project to support the printing costs of the book. Your support will ensure that this book is printed to the highest standards, using quality paper, ink, and binding. Check out the video, and pre-order the book here:

I want this photo book to stand as a complete document of this man-made disaster – to remember the countless victims of Chernobyl, and to warn future generations of the deadly consequences of human hubris.

Thank you for your generous support.

Best, Gerd Ludwig

P.S. Don't forget to follow my project on Facebook for more updates, and thank you for sharing with your friends!


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Nuremberg Exhibition and LOOK3 Video

Dear Backers and Supporters,

An exhibition of over 50 photographs from The Long Shadow of Chernobyl project will be on display at the Kunst Haus in Nuremberg, Germany opening to the public tomorrow and running through November 25th. If you donated to my Kickstarter project, your name is included on a special info board at the exhibit.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit my events page:

Also, if you missed the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville this June, I have uploaded my presentation to YouTube and Vimeo.  The video includes new images and information from my Kickstarter funded trip in 2011.  Please check it out and share with your friends.

Thanks for your time, for announcements and updates, please check out the Facebook page and my Events page.


Gerd Ludwig