21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Weathered Songbird Mural in Uzhhorod, Ukraine

Many of the walls in Uzhhorod, a city in western Ukraine near the Hungarian and Slovakian borders, are covered with unofficial murals like this one. An unknown street artist’s painting of a songbird, weathered but beautiful, evokes the challenges and the hope of wartime Ukraine.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Uzhhorod, Ukraine
Camera: iPhone SE (2nd generation)
Copyright: © Sean Fleming