Aris Messinis

chief photographer AFP Athens

Aris Messinis was born in 1977 in Thessaloniki, Greece. A self-taught photographer, he started his collaboration with The Associated Press in 1997 as a stringer photographer after finishing high school and completing his military service. In 2003, he joined the Agence France Presse and since 2006 he has been the Chief Photographer of the photo department of AFP in Athens, Greece.

His work has received many awards including the 2002 Deadline Club of America Awards, the 2002 Editor & Publisher photos of the year Awards, the 2005 EPPA Fuji Hellas first prize, the 2005 NPPA Best of Photojournalism Contest third place, the 2005 Prix International du Grand Reportage Sportif Francophone first photo prize, the 2011 Fotoweek DC Awards 3rd place (Portfolio Photojournalism/Social documentary), the 2011 Award of AMAN (Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies), the 2012 Days Japan (Special Prize by Jury)

, the 2012 Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre (Prix photo professionnel).

His work has been published in many major international magazines and newspapers such as The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match Magazine, The Guardian and others.

A selection of Aris' photos can be seen here.

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