Yannis Kolesidis was born in Athens in 1973. He graduated from the School of Study and Practice of Photography (EMEF) in Athens. He has been working as a photojournalist since 1994. Until 1997, he worked for a photo agency in Athens, covering domestic and international news and feature stories, and traveling as a correspondent throughout Greece and abroad.
From 1997 till 2004 he worked for the Greek daily newspaper ETHNOS covering major news stories in Greece and abroad.
From 2004 till 2013 he had exclusive cooperation with REUTERS. He covered the Athens Olympics and Paralympic Games and the Greek economic crisis. His photographs have been published in international newspapers and magazines such us New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Guardian, Time magazine, Stern, Paris Match etc.
From 2014 works for the European Press Agency (EPA) and Athens News Agency (ANA) and has cooperation with VICE.
In 2008 he travelled for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Niger, Zambia and India and in 2009 his photographs were presented in a big exhibition in Athens.
He has won several awards including:
3rd place “Natural Disaster” in the Picture of the Year International (POYi) 2013, 3rd place “Photojournalism” in 6th Photography Masters Cup 2013,
1st place “General News” in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) 2011,
2nd prize “People in the News” in the World Press Photo 2009, Award of Excellence “Newspaper/Division Portrait” in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) 2004 and the
1st National prize “Feature” category in the FUJI Film Euro Press Photo Awards’ 1999 competition.
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