Yiannis Behrakis is awarded the Pulitzer Prize
2015

Yiannis Behrakis is awarded the Pulitzer Prize

In December 2015, Yiannis Behrakis and his team of Reuters photographers were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their photographic coverage of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. It was the last among many international awards for Behrakis, awards that established him as one of the most important photojournalists of recent years globally. The Greek photographer was born in Athens in 1960 and studied photography, initially at the Athens School of Arts and Technology, and later at the University of Middlesex, in London. His collaboration with Reuters began in 1989, with the coverage of the Libyan crisis. Since then, he worked mainly as a war correspondent, covering conflicts in places such as the Balkans, Chechnya, Sierra Leone, the Middle East, Somalia, etc. “My mission is to recount the story so that you can decide what to do. My mission is to make sure that nobody can say, “I did not know,” he stated in his acceptance speech at the award ceremony for the Pulitzer Prize. He died in Athens in 2019.

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