Nikos Pilos is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in Athens and Belgrade, and one of Europe’s noted feature photographers.
He has traveled extensively to document war, natural disasters, poverty, socioeconomic struggle and cultural shifts. His work appears regularly in top international newspapers and magazines and has been exhibited throughout Europe and U.S.
Since his first assignment in Lebanon in 1988, he has covered major historical events such as the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the wars in former Yugoslavia, the war in Iraq where he spent 100 days without being embedded and the latest Lebanese conflict. He documented the humanitarian crisis on the Libya-Tunisia border in 2011, when hundreds of thousands of refugees fled Libya during the civil war. For the past four years, he has been mainly covering the Greek and the Cypriot recession, the Istanbul uprisings, the rise of nationalism in Europe and the current refugee crisis.
His photos have been featured, among others, in The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Stern, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, XL Semanal, Gente, Bloomberg, Internazionale, L’Esspreso and more others.
He is currently represented by Laif agency in Germany.
World Press photo 2017. Category: short film, second place with the documentary Trapped.
POYi ,2016 Category: Exodus, second place with the story The Road Of Tears.
POYi, 2016 Category: Multimedia News Story, third place with the story, Dying to enter Europe.
MIFA, 2016 Category: At the Category Moving images Documentary First place, at the Category Moving Images Professional second place, with the story, Dying to enter Europe. Honorable mention with the photo essay, Trapped
VISUALLEADER 2016 bronze metal in the category reportage, with the story “Exodus”
IPA 2016 silver meatal at the category multimedia with the story Dying for Europe abd Honorable mention at the category reportage witht the story Trapped.
Px3, 2016, Category General News, Gold Metal with the story Trapped.
Visura Photojournalism grant 2016. Top finalist with the story “Trapped”
Px3 Paris Photography 2015, Bronze metal for the story “Alevi, The Unknown People”.
Fotovisura Grand 2014, Finalist for the story “Seven Years of Recession”.
Px3 Paris Photography 2014, Gold medal for the story “Dying for Electricity” and Silver medal for the story “Turkey Reacts”.
NPPA 2014, Honorable mention for the story “Turkey Reacts”.
POYi 2014, Finalist in the World Understanding category for the story “Greece, Seven Years of Recession”.
Lucie Awards, 2013, Finalist for the story “Greece, Seven Years of Recession”.
PX3-Prix De la Photographie 2013, Gold medal in the Portraits category for a photograph of a member of the Golden Dawn.
CHIPP – China International Press Photo Contest 2012, Award in the Economy Science & Technology category for the story “The coal mines”.
Chaos/Youth Resistance Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia December 2016
Exodus, Photographic Nights, Contemporary Museum of Cologne, Germany October 2016
Exodus, House of Photography, Hamburg, Germany August- October 2016
The Journey to Humanity- Unlocked, DIG festival (Open Migration platform), San Marino Italy. July 2016
A concert for the refugees, Concert Hall Organization of Thessaloniki, Greece,June 2016.
A video installation with title “Boarders Kill” was screened accompanied by Mahler’s Adagietto played by the city of Thessaloniki symphony orchestra. The earnings was given to the refugee camp of Diavata.
“Unstable Fields”, Athens Photo Festival, Greece, June 2016
“Exodus”, Zingst Photo festival, Germany May 2016
Another Life: Human Flows/ Unknow Odysseys. Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2016
“Greece and the EU debt crisis”, The Browse Gallery, Berlin, October 2015.
“Lives in the Streets”, Onassis Foundation, , April 2015, Athens, Greece. (Curator of eight Schedia vendors, all of whom are or have been homeless, were each given a camera. Their mission: to capture Athens life from their own unique perspective; to record what catches their eye and captures their imagination; to show us the city through their eyes without restraints or limitations.)
“Nicosia, the Last Divided Capital of Europe”, Bursa Photo Festival, Turkey, December 2014.
“The Death of the Greek Industry”, Moving Walls 21, Open Society Foundation, New York City and Washington D.C., January 2014.
“Cyprus, Casualties of an Economic War”, The Browse Fotofestival, Berlin, 2013.
“An Underground Political Culture”, The Browse Fotofestival, Berlin, 2012.
“Greeks Take to the Streets”, projection, Visa Pour L’ Image Festival 2011, Perpignan, France.
“Berlin, The Invisible Wall Line”, International Photo biennale 2010, Thessaloniki, Greece.