Independent photographer from Armenia, Yulia Grigoryants covers social, cultural, and human rights issues. Born in Azerbaijan, she fled the country in 1988 because of the violence against the Armenian population, which was followed with a large-scale war. She grew up during a time of important political and social changes for the region, with the transition from the Soviet system to independence, devastating earthquake, years of war and social-economic hardship. Yulia’s works were published internationally, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, etc. She was shortlisted for the prestigious Sony world photography award in 2017 and exhibited in France (Council of Europe’s house), in England, Russia, China, Armenia (UN House), among others.