Nikos Pilos is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in Athens, Greece and is one of Europe’s noted feature photographers. He has traveled extensively to document war, natural disasters, poverty, socioeconomic struggle and cultural shifts. His work appears regularly in top international newspapers and magazines and has been exhibited throughout Europe.
Since his first assignment in Lebanon in 1988, he has covered major historical events such as the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the wars in the former Yugoslavia war, the war in Iraq, where he spent 100 days without being embedded and the last Lebanese conflict. Most recently, he documented the humanitarian crisis on the Libya-Tunisia border in 2011, where hundreds of thousands of refugees fled Libya during the war there. For the past three years, he has been mainly covering the Greek and the Cypriot crisis, as well as Istanbul uprisings.
His photos have been published by outlets including The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Stern, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Financial Times Germany, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Independent, XL Semanal, Gente, Bloomberg, Internazionale, L’Esspeso ect. He’s currently represented by Laif agency in Germany.
PX3 – Prix De la Photographie 2013 – Gold Medal in the category Portraits, with a photograph of the Golden Dawn PX3 – Prix De la Photographie 2013 – Two Honorable Mentions: Environmental (The Eroding Greek Island), General News (Gold Wars) IPA 2013 – Four Honorable Mentions in the categories: Photo Essay (The Death of the Greek Industry), Enivronmental (Gold Wars), People (Hungarian Racism Against the Jews), Feature Story (Cyprus). PX3 – Prix De la Photographie Paris, 2012 Silver Medal in the category Portraits, with the story The Faceless Heroine. PX3 – Prix De la Photographie, 2012, Bronze Medal in the category Feature Story with the story “Athens Ghetto”. CHIPP – China International Press Photo Contest, 2012, Award in the category Economy Science & Technology Black & White Spider Awards, 2012, Honorable Mention in the category Photojournalism for the story “The Athens Ghetto”. Black & White Spider Awards, 2010, Honorable Mention in the category Photojournalism for the story “Kosovo Lights”.
MOVING WALLS 21, Open Society Foundation. Scheduled for January 2014. “The Death of the Greek Industry”. New York City and Washington D.C., USA. THE BROWSE FOTOFESTIVAL, 2013. “Cyprus: Casualties of an Economic War”. Berlin, Germany. THE BROWSE FOTOFESTIVAL, 2012. Story: An Underground Political Culture. Berlin. VISA POUR L’IMAGE FESTIVAL 2011. Projection, Story: Greeks Take to the Streets. Perpignan, France. INTERNATIONAL PHOTOBIENNALE 2010, Story: Berlin: The Invisible Wall Line. Thessaloniki, Greece. JUSTINA ET PAX EUROPA 2009, Belgium Story: Immigration in Greece. European Council, Brussels. TOPS WORLD PHOTOJOURNALISM FESTIVAL 2008. Story: Nights of Belgrade. Shenyang, China. ATHENS INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL 2007 and 2008. Stories: Haman in Cairo, Mediterranean War Zones, War Nights at Beirut. Athens, Greece. ULIS PHOTO FESTIVAL 2007, Story: Sulukule, the gypsy area in Istanbul. Istanbul, Turkey. Stories: Bad Children of Hamburg, Lisbon Junkies, Transport. PHOTOSYNKYRIA 2002 and 2006, Thessaloniki, Greece. PHOTOKINA 2006, Cologne, Germany. Story: Pakistan’s earthquake.