Yannis Kontos was born in Greece where he studied photography and he has gained international recognition in the field of Documentary Photography. He holds Ph.D by Research in Documentary Photography (University of Wales), an MA degree in Photographic Journalism (University of Westminster), BA degrees in Photography (Athens' Technological Educational Institute) and Physical Education and Sports Science (University of Thessaloniki). Professionally, Kontos has documented dozens of stories in many parts of the planet, from Palestine and Israel to Western Sahara and Sierra Leone, and from North Korea and Indonesia to Iran and Colombia. His work has been recognized by 20 respected awards to date including first prizes in the World Press Photo Competition, POYi, Life Magazine’s Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, N.P.P.A. “The Best of Photojournalism” and Médicos del Mundo Luis Valtueña Award. His photographs, texts and interviews have been published in the world's most well known publications.