Gold / 2016 / Press / General News

Trapped

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/General News
  • Company
    Freelancer
  • Photographer
    Nikos Pilos/Stern/Goethe Institute of Athens
  • Credit
    Nikos Pilos/Stern/ Goethe Institute of Athens

There is no relief for migrants even when they survive the deadly journey to Europe. They still risk beatings and tear gas filled clashes—usually due to delays in the registration process—from border control law enforcement during their long arduous journey by foot under extreme weather conditions to reach northern Europe. Now, they can not travel beyond Greece, as border control has tightened up in fear of migrant invasion and terrorism. They are trapped. In February 2016, FYR Macedonia erected a second fence becoming the 12th country—along with Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Estonia, Ukraine, Spain and Turkey—in the European continent to fortify its border joining Greece. As Europe seals its borders by building razor-wire fences to block the influx of migrants, xenophobia and nationalism poisons the open borders policy and the “democratic” values of Europe.

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.