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Evgeny Tchebotarev

Photographer, Co-Founder of 500px

In early 2004, before Facebook and photo-sharing sites, Evgeny Tchebotarev created a community for photographers to meet, share photos and trade stories and information. He initially developed this as a LiveJournal blog and then co-founded 500px as a company. As co-founder and Chief Photography Officer (CPO), Evgeny is responsible for bringing the 500px vision to life through community engagement and maintaining a strong link between photographers and 500px team. He takes cues from the industry and provides the team with the ideas of where the photo industry is headed in the years ahead, ensuring that 500px is on the technological and innovational path to success. Originally from Moscow, Ev has a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto, graduating with honours in 2007. He began photography in 2002 and immediately became a fascinated with it when he sold three photos to magazines from his first roll of film. Since then he has spent the entirety of his professional career dedicated to the betterment of visual creativity, focusing on photography and design. Ev remains an active photographer and community member, and has been honoured to judge many world class photo contests, including Red Bull Illume, Photo Life, and Sony World Photography Awards.