40 Under 40

Elina Kabakova

by Dustin Plantholt Editor-in-Chief
May 21, 2023
Elina Kabakova

In the realm of photography, few individuals possess the extraordinary ability to capture the essence of life with the mastery exhibited by Elina Kabakova. Recognized as "The Photographer" and acclaimed as a visionary, Elina's exceptional talent has earned her the prestigious Monaco 40 under 40 distinction, firmly establishing her as a luminary within her field. Her journey to success has been marked by unwavering integrity and an unyielding commitment to her craft, setting her apart as a beacon of light in the realm of visual storytelling.

The genesis of Elina's remarkable journey can be traced back to a fateful year in 2009 when she first held a camera in her hands. Little did she know that this seemingly insignificant moment would ignite an unquenchable fire within her soul. What started as mere photo experiments swiftly transformed into an all-consuming passion as Elina discovered her innate gift for encapsulating life's most profound moments through her lens.

Undeterred by the uncertainties that come with a creative path, Elina fearlessly bid farewell to the comfort of a stable job and embraced the unknown with open arms. Embarking on a remarkable odyssey, she ventured into uncharted territories, carving her own unique niche within the industry. In hindsight, Elina contemplates with a hint of regret, wishing she had embarked on this transformative journey sooner, for it is through the pursuit of her dreams that she has discovered her true purpose.

Today, Elina stands tall, her portfolio serving as a testament to her unparalleled dedication and artistic brilliance. With over a thousand awe-inspiring events, candid family portraits, and deeply personal captures adorning her body of work, Elina's images transport viewers to ethereal realms, evoking emotions that linger long after the initial glance. Her discerning eye for detail allows her to uncover the hidden beauty within every subject, weaving captivating narratives through her visual storytelling.

Yet, it is not only Elina's technical prowess that sets her apart; it is her remarkable character that truly defines her as "The Photographer." Guided by an unwavering moral compass, Elina embodies integrity in every aspect of her life and art. In a world often seduced by superficiality, she remains a steadfast advocate for authenticity, consistently prioritizing substance over accolades. Her unwavering commitment to her principles has earned her the profound respect and admiration of clients and peers, positioning her as a trusted and revered figure within the industry.

Elina's journey toward greatness stands as a testament to the harmonious fusion of unrivaled talent and exceptional character. Every image she captures emanates with her unwavering passion, illuminating the world and instilling joy within those who experience her art. With her camera serving as a conduit, Elina possesses a unique ability to reveal the inherent beauty within each individual, allowing them to witness their own radiance through her lens.

Notably, Elina has also been honored as the official photographer of Forbes Monaco Magazine, further solidifying her position as a leading force in the world of photography. In a world where superficiality often reigns supreme, Elina's ascent to prominence is a testament to the enduring power of authenticity and the pursuit of passion. It is with great pride that we warmly welcome Elina Kabakova into the Monaco 40 under 40 community, recognizing her as an extraordinary talent and an inspiration to future generations of creative visionaries. Above all, she is "The Photographer" who gracefully captures the essence of the world's soul with her artistry.


Dustin Plantholt


Dustin Plantholt, “The Count of Monte Crypto,” is Monaco Voice's Editor-in-Chief. He is highly regarded for his contributions and impact in the world of disruptive technologies and media. He is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has interviewed celebrities, won awards for NFT/Metaverse advisory, and is a highly sought-after panel moderator and global speaker. He has received from Forbes Monaco the prestigious  40 Under 40 award for his undisputed impact in innovating ideas and bringing people together, educating others about digital assets, and his commitment to excellence. 

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