Iakovos Hatzistavrou was born in 1966, in Athens, Greece.
Since 1987 he works as a professional photographer and photojournalist and has covered the news for hundreds of Greek and international print media.
He has also been working on feature stories and documentary as a freelancer. For his photographic projects he travels mostly in Europe, Balkans and Middle east and focuses exclusively on the human being.
He has collaborated with many Greek and international newspapers and magazines as well as governmental agencies.
His work has been widely published in Greece and abroad. “National Geographic magazine/Greek edition” and abroad and “Traveler”, “Le Monde”, “VSD”, “Newsweek”, "Ver.di publik ", “Vimagazino” are only a few to mention.
In 2011, he received an honorable mention in IPA International awards for his work “Drug addicts in Athens” [http://www.photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/zoomwin.php?eid=8-33052-11&uid=&code=General%20News]
The last few years, due to the difficult economic and social circumstances, he works mainly in Greece and focuses his interest on vulnerable social groups that face daily problems of survival: People with special needs, drug addicts, homeless, Roma, patients in institutions, immigrants, refugees, people living below the poverty line and newly poor.
From October of 2012 he split his basis between Greece and Cyprus covering feature stories, news and projects and he is a correspondent for the National Geographic on issues having to do with the environment and Geography in Cyprus
He also cooperates as a photographer with NGOs and institutions in Greece and abroad. The last two years, as a photographer of the NGO “Klimaka”, he is actively involved in activities that aim at making available mental health services and also at the implementation of social integration of vulnerable groups.
Also, He producing and directing a documentary film about “Homeless people in Greece” [http://homelessmovie.wordpress.com]
He is a member of the EFE (Greek Union of Photojournalists) and member at the art chamber of Greece, the SPELEO (Hellenic Speleological & Exploration Club), he is involved in underwater photography (SDI-TDI) and the “paragliding”, he is a Samaritan of the Greek Red Cross and member of a rescue team with a “Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support” and “Breathing Life Support” diploma.