A Greek and an Italian photographer are the winners of this year’s Athens Photo World Awards.
The photographs shot by Dimitris Michalakis and Fabio Bucciarelli captured the harsh reality of the pandemic in Greece and Northern Italy.
The Athens Photo World Awards competition is dedicated to the memory and work of top photojournalist Yannis Behrakis.
Dimitris Michalakis won the award accompanied by a cash prize of €5000, for his work which showed the reality of Greece during the lockdown period.
“For me, photographing the situation created by Covid both in hospitals and outside on the now empty street was one way to understand what was happening and to communicate with the people around me in a period of forced isolation,” he said.
“This award is extremely honourable for me as it comes from the event that always honuors the work of Yannis Behrakis. Behrakis was an important friend for me and apart from his great work, in my mind our conversations about many things besides photography and reporting are always alive,” Michalakis added.
Fabio Bucciarelli was honoured for his work which captured the reality of the pandemic in Bergamo, Italy. When Covid-19 struck, it killed tens of thousands in Italy.
“To record the world around us trying to write this story and create emblematic and emphatic images is what Yannis did throughout his career. Being honoured with an award that bears his name is a huge honour for me,” Bucciarelli said.
The Italian photographer dedicated his award, accompanied by a cash prize of €15,000 “to everyone he met in Bergamo, from doctors and nurses to the families of patients who opened their doors and let him in to try to see this difficult and invisible enemy.”