We’ve finished the unusual photo contest “Diabetes: Pictures of My
Active Life” drawing attention to active lifestyle, sports, unusual
hobbies, and all related activities. The contest was initiated by
Russian pharmaceutical company GEROPHARM as part of photo project
“Diabetes in Persons”, which offers a new format for looking at full and
active life with diabetes.
Starting from August to the end of September the participants shared their photos on the social networks: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Diabetes.in.Persons and VK.com: http://vk.com/club73754714,
as well as sent them to our organizing committee. Dozens of the contest
participants from all over Russia and CIS countries began active web
competition by engaging their friends, acquaintances, and relatives in
So here are the long awaited winners! Nomination:
“My Wonderful Hobby”
1st place: Ulyana Podpalnaya, Barnaul. Ulyana leads an active
lifestyle; her main hobby is sports. Ulyana is the first Master of
Sports of Russia in swimming in the Altai Region, the winner of the
championship and the competition of Russia, participant of European and
World Championships; she was a member of the Russian Paralympic Swimming
Team. She believes that “diabetes is just another chance to show that
you are stronger.”
2nd place was shared between football players of DiaEuro: Aleksey
Artyukhov (Vinnytsia, Ukraine) and Yuriy Oreshkin (Tyumen). The football
team was created “in order to demonstrate that people with diabetes are
equally strong in sports, have endurance and good performance.”
3rd place: Mikhail Denisenko, St. Petersburg. Misha enjoys DOTA 2; he
is the captain of the boys’ school basketball team. He believes that
soon he will be able to fully recover from diabetes.
Nomination: “The Most Active Participant”
1st place: Anna Kulagina, Salavat (Bashkiria). Anna uploaded 5 photos
showing a variety of interests, and impressed the organizers with her
poem about diabetes. Anna has a wide range of interests: “My interests
vary from street racing, swimming, fitness, hiking, to very calm
activities, such as gardening, embroidering, reading, breeding adorable
British shorthairs and cooking.” About her diagnosis: “Diabetes is not a
death sentence. It is a chance to reconsider your views and to change
something. It doesn’t mean you should lose your heart. Do your best to
help those who need it.”
2nd place: Viktoria Kokokvikhina, Kirov. Some time ago, Viktoria was
going in for professional sports acrobatics, now she individually
practices gymnastics, loves travelling and enjoys photography. Viktoria
tries “not to conflict with the diabetes and go through life together.”
3rd place: Yana Zhaglenok, Moscow. Yana sent us variety of pictures
and wrote that travelling is of great interest for her; she also loves
animals and wants to work with children in the future.
Nomination: “Mega-Like” or Audience Choice
1st place: Liza Yamshikova, Tolyatti. Liza received the most votes,
which is not surprising as her hobby is quite original. It is felting.
Liza felts together with her mother. “It’s quite hard, but interesting.
We felt various things, such as slippers, handbags, and accessories.”
2nd place: Kseniya, Moscow. “I’m an English teacher with an active
lifestyle. My lessons are always fun and energetic; it’s not only at the
desk and in the classroom. With my students we perform sketches, plays,
shoot videos, organize festivities and many other things.” Kseniya
lives well with her illness.
3rd place: Yuliya Voynich, Kazan. Yulya’s hobby is motorcycles, which left nobody indifferent.
Nomination: “Colors of Childhood”
1st place: Kira Nosova, Saratov. Kira is a young but very strong
fighter with diabetes! Kira goes to kindergarten, loves sculpting and
drawing, and, most importantly, dancing. Ballroom dancing classes give
her great pleasure and allow her to keep fit.
2nd place: Tatyana Mazurkevich, Khmelnytskyi (Ukraine). Tanya enjoys playing piano, drawing, photography and psychology.
3rd place: Karina Gavrilko, Hnivan (Ukraine). Karina is mother’s cheerful little helper, she loves singing and dancing.
Grand Prix goes to Yulya Bayguzova, Saratov. Yulya goes in
professional sports: winter triathlon among healthy people she never
felt being different from. Yulya believes that “Diabetes is not an
excuse for cherishing and comforting yourself. If you want something,
you have to go for it with no way to retreat. My dream is to establish a
special diabetes school for athletes so that we could perform equally
as healthy people do. There are the deaf olympic games and paralympic
games, after all, so it’s time we find where we belong.”
Another person who deserves to be mentioned is Pavel Mara, Izyum
(Ukraine). He is a talented photographer who was among the first
participants of the photo contest and sent several excellent
The jury shared their impressions about the contest:
Marina Grigoryevna Shipulina, President of the Diabetes Society in St.
Petersburg “The results of the contest is the best proof that diabetes
may not and must not prevent you from socializing, making friends,
finding your place and exercising your skills and talents, and,
therefore, enjoying life and teaching it others, while being responsible
for your own health.”
Andrey Kruchinin, author of the first Russian vlog about
insulin-dependent diabetes: “I’ve been insulin-dependent for 9 years and
I’m pleased to participate in this contest as a jury member.
Undoubtedly, GEROPHARM gave many of diabetic patients a little holiday.
This contest is not a competition but a chance to learn about the
capabilities and passions of others. I don’t identify diabetic patients
as a separated group, and in this case, the contest ‘Diabetes: Pictures
of My Active Life’ reminded us all that the disease is not a hindrance
to a full life. It was a great pleasure to watch the contest, and I
thank GEROPHARM for a little holiday for each participant. And I wish
all the participants always be such active and infect others with their
Editors of “SakharOK” Magazine: “SakharOK” team readily joined the
contest, the bright, creative, and noble endeavour of GEROPHARM. We are
proud of you for being so positive, talented and purposeful people. We
saw once again that diabetes is not a hindrance to an active life. Keep
“We had so much fun holding this contest,” says Ekaterina Artemyeva,
Head of PR Department, GEROPHARM Group of Companies. “After implementing
the photo project ‘Diabetes in Persons’ a year ago and seeing how many
sincere emotions real stories of real people brought, how they helped
society to change its view about the disease, we understood that the
project must be continued. And I am very glad that this idea was
supported by both organizations and people with diabetes, as well as by
the specialized media. As a result, we learned new wonderful stories
that speak for themselves. Diabetes is not the end. You can live active
and full life.”
Thank you all for participating, wonderful photos and active approach.
The contest joined people from all over Russia and CIS countries. Many
participants found new friends and shared ideas for collaboration.
Together, we have made another step towards overcoming the prejudice
against the disease.