Velar's interest in journalism began in Belorusian Radio Racja in 2000 where she was news editor and producer. She was traveling across Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Belorussia covering mainly the social, political, humanitarian and religious issues. She graduates from University of Marie Curie in Poland with MA in Russian Philology. From 2002 she moved to Switzerland and Monaco working as foreign correspondent for Polish Radio. In 2003 Velar moved to London where she has exchanged the microphone for her first camera. As great lover of the visual arts, she was haunted by photography and decided to study photojournalism in Saint Martins College of Art and Design. In 2011 Velar was awarded Picture of The Year II Prize in Human Rights Observer in Germany. Her pictures are widely published in international press including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Independent, Le Matin, Die Zeit, Paris Match, Wall Street Journal,International Street Photographer and more. Currently she is working on her personal projects including Orthodox minority in Poland and migrants community in France.
Velar is licensed member of National Union of Journalists in UK working as freelance photojournalist for Zuma Press, NurPhoto Press Agency, Alamy, Corbis and contributing for Getty Images. As keen solo traveller she crossed Siberia, Mongolia, Western Sahara and China on her own. She is devoted fitness gore, active sky diver and martial art student who speaks fluent Russian, French, English, Polish, Ukrainian, Belorussian.