The Faceless Heroine

PhotographerNikos Pilos
PrizeSilver in Press / People/Personality
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.

About Photographer

Nikos Pilos was born in Corfu, Greece, in 1967. He studied graphic arts and since then he worked with some of the most popular Greek dailies, like Kathimerini, Vima, Eleftherotypia and also in weekly magazines like K (published by Kathimerini) and E (published by Eleftherotypia). From 2001 onwards, he works with the international agencies Taiga Press (France), E-Lance (Germany) Sipa press (France) Zuma Press (U.S.A.). Since his first assignment in Lebanon at 1988 and the coverage of Nicolae Ceausescu overthrow the next year in Romania, he has worked in countries like Yugoslavia, Albania, Macedonia, Georgia, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Pakistan, Israel-Palestine, Kosovo,Iraq (where he spent 100 days) etc. Photos of his have been published in magazines like Newsweek, Stern, Focus, Bild, The Independent, Panorama, The New York Times, Washington Post, Herald Tribune, Gente etc. His work has been exhibited in ULISphotoFEST2007 in Istanbul, Turkey, Photokina in Cologne, Germany (2006), Photosynkyria in Thessalonica, Greece (2002, 2006), Gallery 55 (2005).,Athens photofestival 2007-2008, Tops â?? Word Photojournalism Festival China, 2008, Justina et pax Europa, European Council, Brussels â?? Belgium 2009, etc. In 2005 he was awarded (Special Mention) Unicefâ??s Photo Of The Year competition, for his work covering the earthquake in Pakistan. He is a founding member of the Greek Photojournalistâ??s Association.