Entry Title: "The Faceless Heroine"
Nikos Pilos
, Greece
Category: Professional, Press

Entry Description:

ATHENS, GREECE. Union leader Konstantina Kouneva, was attacked by two men with sulfuric acid. Her attackers threw acid all over her face and made her drink it. Kouneva was a cleaning lady for the subway system in Athens and was fighting for the rights of immigrant workers that are paid less money than Greek workers, even though they work longer hours. Kouneva herself is an immigrant from Bulgaria and came to Greece with her 12-year-old son and her mother. Kouneva's attackers will never be punished, because Greek justice decided to archive the case. Kouneva was awarded from the European Union's office in Athens on Women's Day.

LAIF Agency, published on Kapa Magazine in Greece.

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About the Artist:

Nikos Pilos is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in Athens, Greece, 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. 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. Most recently, 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 three 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 etc.