Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award
Athens Photo World (APW), upon the expressed wish of Yannis Behrakis and with the lead support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), aims at supporting and highlighting the work and vision of Greek and international photojournalists.
For the second consecutive year, the 15,000€ “Yannis Behrakis” International Photojournalism Award will be awarded to a full-length photojournalism or documentary work. The winning project will be presented at next year’s APW festival with an individual exhibition of the photographer. A new selection committee is appointed every year, under the permanent chairmanship of Elisavet Saridou Behrakis. For 2020, the members of the committee are Alice Gabriner, Enric Marti and Ahmad Masood Interested parties are requested to submit a portfolio of twenty four (24) photographs, along with an explanatory text and a brief resume.
The winner of the 2020 “Yannis Behrakis” Award will be announced by Elizabeth Saridou Behrakis and Dar Yasin, winner of the 2019 Award, at the closing event of APW 2020 on May 31st, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).
Participation in the “Yannis Behrakis” Award contest is free.
Elisavet Saridou Behrakis, Jury Chair “This award was created to honour the man who wanted to change the world, through his work, his morals, the strength of his soul. I am looking forward to seeing this year’s winner who will stand for all this and will share his story with us”
After finishing high school, Ahmad Masood started working as an Interpreter/fixer in Nov 2001 for a group of Reuters journalist that included Yannis Behrakis, in Afghanistan. This was after the 9/11 attacks and the initial phase of United States government efforts to topple the Taliban region. Soon after, Reuters gave him training on how to report and later how to take pictures. He enjoyed photography, therefore, he focused his full time on taking news pictures for Reuters since then. In 2005 he became staff photographer based in Afghanistan. He moved to India as Chief Photographer in 2012. In 2016 he moved to Singapore as Editor for Reuters Pictures, Asia. He lives in Singapore with his wife and two daughters.
Enric Martí began his career as photo assistant with Agence France-Presse in Managua, Nicaragua in 1989, and then worked as local stringer for Reuters. In 1992 he moved to Sarajevo as a freelancer, later joining EPA. In 1994 he began working for The Associated Press in the Balkans, moving on to Cairo to become the AP’s senior photographer for the Middle East for six years. From 2002 until 2006 he served as chief photo editor/photographer in Jerusalem and after that he oversaw regional photo coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean based in Mexico City. He is now Photo editor for Global enterprise photo projects based in NYC. Martí’s awards include a World Press Photo award, three Fotopress awards, an Ortega y Gasset prize in his native Spain and the 2001 Bayeaux award for war photography. He previously sat on the 2008 and 2010 World Press Photo jury
Alice Gabriner is a visual editor with 30 years of experience primarily covering national and international news at The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME, National Geographic, and U.S. News & World Report. She photo edited TIME’s year-long multimedia project ‘Finding Home’, which received the top prize in the 2018 World Press Photo contest for Innovative Storytelling, and a 2018 Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding New Approaches Documentary category. During a ten-year tenure at TIME, she led photo department through the election and inauguration of Barack Obama and oversaw the magazine¹s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War. For the first two years of the Obama administration, she served as Deputy Director of Photography. Gabriner has curated photography exhibits and has been a member of photo juries and portfolio reviews around the world.
Terms and conditions
- Participation in the competition is free of charge.
- Participants must be professional photographers.
- The photographic project to be submitted for evaluation must have been carried out between January 2017 and December 2019.
- The photographic project submitted for evaluation should to be classified as a ‘reportage’ or ‘documentary’.
- Files are to be sent at 72dpi and 3000pixels on the large side, with captions, written in English, in the file info field.
- Participants must also send an accompanying text/story, not exceeding 250 words.
- The photographs must not have been subject to alterations or any kind of digital manipulation other than cropping and basic exposure, contrast and luminance correction.
- The finalists selected for the last round of judging will be required to produce the RAW image files as delivered by the camera.
- The nominated winner will be required to produce the uploaded images with the original file size (unless cropped) in 300 dpi.
- The winner will be required to produce evidence (identity or documents) of professional engagement.
- Participants must guarantee that they are the authors and copyright owners of the submitted photos.
- The participants give to the organisers of Athens Photo World the right to use one of their photographs for the promotion of the competition (website, media and social media) both during the current event and in future ones.
- The photos submitted to the contest remain the intellectual property of their creators. Athens Photo World will take all applicable measures to ensure that the photographs submitted to the contest are not to be used for any purpose other than the purposes of promotion by the organisation itself and its affiliates.