Behrakis was born in 1960 in Athens, Greece, where he studied photography
at the Athens School of Arts and Technology and received his BA in arts
by the Middlesex university. He began a working relationship with Reuters
in 1987 and as of 1989 is a permanent staff member. Today, he heads
the agency's photo department in Greece and Cyprus under the title of
Over the past 15 years, he has covered a variety of events including
the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, the changes in Eastern Europe
and the Balkans, the civil conflict in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, the
wars in Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Somalia and most recently, Afghanistan.
During the Gulf war he covered the Kurdish crisis at the northern Iraqi
border with Turkey. He has also covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
for many years.
Yannis has also covered three Summer Olympics, the World Cup in the
US and many other international sports events.
His photojournalistic work has been published in newspapers, magazines,
and books around the world.
Among several prestigious awards he has received Yannis, has been named
five times News Photographer of the Year by the Greek National Fuji
Awards, winning the European top honor twice in London and Barcelona.
He is the only photographer to have won the highest prize twice (in
both 1998 and 2002). In 1999 he received the Overseas Press Club of
America photography award, which is the most prestigious award for a
foreign correspondent in the US.
In 2000 he received the most prestigious Greek photojournalistic prize,
the Botsis Foundation Award, from the President of the Greek Republic,
Mr. Costis Stephanopoulos. >>>
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2000, his work on Kosovo was chosen as best in the General News Stories
category, by the World Press Photo Foundation, among the 40,000 photos
submitted by 4000 international photographers from 122 countries.
In the 2002 Bayeux Awards for war correspondents, he won the second
prize in the photography category for his pictures of the liberation
of Kabul, as well the Prix de Public (the public's choice), among
all the submissions in all four categories of the contest (TV, radio,
text and photos).
Yannis has participated in many group photo exhibitions in Greece
and abroad. In 2001, his first solo exhibition at the Zappeio Congress
Hall in Athens, featuring photos from Afghanistan, was inaugurated
by President of the Republic Mr. Constantine Stephanopoulos, and the
proceeds were donated to the UNICEF children's fund. In 2002, Yannis'
retrospective exhibition titled Eyewitness, was shown in Athens, where
the proceeds were donated to the Medicins du Monde foundation. He
took part in exhibitions in London, Dublin, Rome, Madrid, Thessaloniki
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