The legend of Soviet and Russain photorgaphy, academian, expert, curator for many exhibitions and contests all over the World, professor at Moscow State University, full member of the International Guild of Mass Media Photographers, the member of World Press Photо jury. The winner of many international photo contests and exhibitions.
1984, 1986, 2001, 2004, 2008 – World press photo winner.
1985 – Gran-prix winner, The Great Wall (China) photo contest.
1990 or 1991 – Mother Jones (USA)
2003 - "Golden Prize" of Saddam Hussein (Iraq)
2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012 - Gran-prix winner, Silver Camera (Russia)
Multiple winner of China press photo since 2008
2016 - HIPA
1985 – world master of press photo, World Organisation of journalism
2004 – academician world association of press photographers
Since 1968 Vladimir Vyatkin works at the Novosti Press Agency or APN (now Russia Today/Sputnik). He served in the army from 1971 to 1973, after which he took night classes in newspaper journalism at Moscow State University (1975-1981). Upon graduation, he continued working at APN as an assistant to an artist and later to a photojournalist.
In 1976 he became a photojournalist at APN, specializing in photo series, photo stories and photo investigation. His work as a photojournalist was greatly influenced by knowledge of music, painting, history and literature.
Vyatkin spent much time studying the unity of form and substance and the relation between artistic and documentary elements in photography. He believes that the ultimate level of photo mastery is the use of many stylistic elements to clearly express the stated theme of a photograph.
He made many trips to war and conflict zones, took socially significant photographs involving public life and the environment and worked in the upper echelons of power, including in the Kremlin, the Government and the Parliament. In 1987-1990, he prepared a photo album about the Soviet Arctic regions for a National Geographic project. Vyatkin has been teaching photojournalism at Moscow State University and a design academy since 1981, was awarded the title of International Master of Photojournalism by the International Organization of Journalists (IOJ) in 1985.