FPA STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF YANNIS BEHRAKIS

Athens, 3 March 2019

Yannis Behrakis, one of the best photographers of his generation, died of cancer in Athens yesterday. He was 58 years old.

Devastated by his loss, the members of the Foreign Press Association of Greece extend their heart-felt condolences to his family and friends, as well as to his colleagues at the Reuters news agency, where he worked and distinguished himself for more than 30 years.

Yannis was present in several wars, as well as in major political, social and athletic events that marked the world in recent decades. To say that he covered them with his camera would be an understatement. His pictures shaped the very way in which we perceived events, from the war in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone to the refugee crisis and the Arab Spring.

The numerous prizes and awards Yannis won in his career don’t just reflect the quality of his work but also the personal danger to which he exposed himself in the line of duty. To name but a few: the Pulitzer in 2016, World Press Photo in 2000, Bayeux-Calvados in 2002 and Photographer of the Year by the Guardian newspaper in 2015.

His prolific and creative work aside, Yannis was an active and loyal member of the FPA. We will always remember him.

“I’m there to record the best and the worst of humankind,” he once said. May we live by his example.

The FPA board

ANNOUNCEMENT – Statement following attack on foreign correspondent, photo reporters

Athens, 21 January 2019

The Executive Council of the Foreign Press Association of Greece (FPA) strongly condemns the attack on journalists by a group of violent demonstrators during yesterday’s rally at Syntagma Square

FPA member Thomas Jacobi was repeatedly punched in the face by unknown men as he was covering the rally in his professional capacity. The assailants attacked Mr Jacobi, caused him facial injuries and destroyed his equipment while demanding that he erase material gathered on his mobile phone. Even worse injuries were prevented only by police intervention.

In different parts of the square, other extreme elements seriously injured photographers, at least one of whom was working for a foreign press organization, and attacked a crew of state broadcaster ERT.

The FPA expresses its solidarity towards the injured colleagues and requests that authorities promptly investigate the incidents.

ANNOUNCEMENT : SKAI – KATHIMERINI

Athens, 17th December 2018

The Executive Council of the Foreign Press Association of Greece unequivocally condemns the bombing attack at the offices of SKAI TV and KATHIMERINI newspaper.

We express our abhorrence towards every attempt to intimidate the press or to curtail its freedom, and we stand by our colleagues.

The Executive Council of F.P.A.

ANNOUNCEMENT ΟΝ KYRIAKOS CONDOULIS

Athens, 18th November 2017

Dear colleagues,

It is with great sadness that the Foreign Press Association of Greece announces that Kyriakos Condoulis, an FPA member for more than 50 years, has died in Athens.

Kyriakos Condoulis, a Greek from Alexandria, Egypt, worked for decades as a correspondent for international media such as the Associated Press and Radio Free Europe. Over the course of his long career, he covered all major events that shaped recent Greek history. He also served for several years as a member of the Executive Council and Treasurer of the F.P.A., significantly contributing towards its activities and prestige. The F.P.A. expresses its deepest condolences to his family.

The funeral will take place on Monday, November 20th at 14.30 at the 1st Cemetery of Athens.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

ANNOUNCEMENT ΟΝ GILLIAN WHITTAKER

Athens, 12th June 2017

It is with great sadness that the Foreign Press Association of Greece announces that Gillian Whittaker, a distinguished colleague and an active member of our association for more than 30 years, passed away on Sunday, June 11.

Gill began her career as a journalist for The Associated Press and then became a prominent shipping journalist for Lloyd’s List and TradeWinds, until her retirement last year.

Her family and friends have asked us to inform you that no funeral will take place.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

ANNOUNCEMENT – JOHN RIGOS

Athens, 24th October 2016

The Foreign Press Association of Greece expresses its deepest condolences to the family of John Rigos, distinguished and beloved colleague, with great presence and sensibility, who died on Sunday, October 23rd. He was 91 years old.

He was born on 10th July 1925 in Athens. He started his career as a journalist, translator and editor for Acropolis and Athinaiki newspapers from 1950 until 1956.

For the years 1956 – 1967 he worked for Christian Science Monitor and from 1967 until his retirement he was the correspondent of Newsweek magazine and United Press International (UPI).

He was the President of the Executive Council of F.P.A. during the years: 1968-1970, 1973-1975, 1993-1994, and an Honorary member since his retirement.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 26th October at 16.00 hrs at the Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary, Voula (opposite the hospital Asklipio Voulas).

The F.P.A. Executive Council

ANNOUNCEMENT – YANNIS BEHRAKIS

Athens, 13th October 2016

The Foreign Press Association of Greece would like to extend its congratulations to Yannis Behrakis, Reuters chief photographer for Greece and Cyprus, for winning 2 Bayeux Calvados Awards.

Yannis received the International Jury award as well as the Public΄s Choice Award.

The F.P.A. warmly congratulates Yannis.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

 

ANNOUNCEMENT – ARIS MESSINIS

Athens, 5th September 2016

The Foreign Press Association of Greece would like to extend its congratulations to Aris Messinis, photographer of the Agence France Presse (AFP) for winning the Visa d’ Or Prize (News category) at the Visa Pour L’ Image festival at Perpignan, France.

Aris Messinis, a longstanding member of the FPA, received the award for his work “War in Peace” on the influx of refugees to the Greek island of Lesvos in  2015.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

 

ANNOUNCEMENT – REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHERS

Athens, 19th April 2016

The Foreign Press Association of Greece is proud to announce that 3 foreign press correspondents have won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of Breaking News Photography for their work on the migrant/refugee crisis.

The photographs submitted by acclaimed photo reporters Yannis Behrakis, Alkis Konstantinidis and Alexandros Avramidis, all based in Greece, accounted for the bulk of the work of the Reuters photographers awarded the prize in New York last night.

The F.P.A. warmly congratulates the 3 correspondents on this great success.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

 

ANNOUNCEMENT – YANNIS BEHRAKIS

Athens, 21st December 2015

The board of the Foreign Press Association of Greece would like to congratulate our long-standing FPA member Yannis Behrakis for receiving The Guardian award for agency photographer of the year 2015.

Yannis Behrakis started working for Reuters in 1987. He has covered events ranging from wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, the first and second Gulf wars, and the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia to the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and the Greek crisis.

Some of his previous awards:

Overseas Press Club of America photography award (1999)
1st prize in the General News Stories category, by the World Press Photo Foundation for his work on Kosovo (2000)
The “Prix de Public”, Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents for war correspondents, for his pictures of the liberation of Kabul (2002)
2012 award of excellence in Best of Photojournalism (BOP) in General news stories

He has been a member of the FPA since 1987.

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