Maxim Babenko was born on October 17, 1988 in the North Caucasus, has covered current events and in-depth stories in Russia, Caucasus, Arctic, Siberia, Middle East, North America, Africa, Balkans and Asia including the Euromaidan in Ukraine, Crimea crisis, war in Eastern Ukraine, earthquake in Nepal and many others.
In 2015 he was named to the shortlist of Magnum Photo's "30 under 30" list of emerging documentary photographers and nominated for UNICEF “Photo of the Year”. In 2016 was shortlisted to Il Reportage Photojournalism Award and selected for Transmission pour l’Image in Perpignan. In 2018 he was selected for The New York Times portfolio review and nominated for World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. “Young Russian Photographers” 2020 photo contest - finalist.
Regular The New York Times contributor.
Published: The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Liberation, The Guardian, Newsweek, WIRED and others.