Born in Stavropol, Russia, in 1974. Eduard Korniyenko became a professional photographer in 2000.
In 2002 he joined the Russian Union of Journalists. At present, Korniyenko is a full-time photo-correspondent for the regional newspaper Stavropol Pravda and a freelancer for the news agency REUTERS.
His work as a photojournalist has focused on developments in Northern Caucasus, which has experienced ethnic and intercultural conflict and political and economic instability.