/ 2017 / Portraiture / Wedding

A time for love

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Wedding
  • Photographer
    Stefanos Kouratzis, Cyprus
  • Studio
    Freelance writer
  • Website

Cyprus LGBTI’s community marked its first civil union in a private
Nicosia ceremony on January 29, 2016, in a ceremony open only to
allies and friends of the couple.But while the event was largely a
private affair, dignity, commitment and celebration were very much on
show to those privileged enough to share the occasion. I was allowed
to photograph the couple (who desired anonymity to preserve privacy
in their professional spheres) as they chose garments for their special
day, partied on the eve of their union and basked in the aftermath of
the ceremony at the Nicosia District Office the day after. They quietly
stepped into the history books but the change they represented was
resounding. The island’s civil union law that was approved on
November 26, 2015, the fruit of a protracted, hard-won battle by the
island’s LGBTI lobby, marked one more step towards a progressive

Stefanos Kouratzis (b. 1975, Athens, Greece) is a photographer living and working in Cyprus since 2001.
For the last years has been working for “Phileleftheros Group” and the European University of Cyprus. Over the years collaborated with international media News Agencies.
Studied at Focus, School of Art Photography, Video and New Technologies (Athens, Greeece) and took online courses at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York).
His career in Photography starts at the same time with his studies in 1994.
Has travelled and covered stories in different countries around the globe including Cuba, Lebanon, Palestine and Iran among others.
He participates at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2018, part of the Cyprus Pavilion (I Am Where You Are).
For his work he has received international awards and distinctions from organizations such as PDN (Photo Annual), IPA (International Photography Award), PX3 (Prix de la Photographie), MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards ), Fujifilm EuroPress Awards etc.
His photos are in books and private collections in Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Brazil.
The way he constantly explores Photography as medium, makes his work quite diverse, multidimensional and multilayered. From Photojournalism to Fine Art Photography and from Abstract to Contemporary as he constantly balances between everyday news coverage and long term projects while entering different realms of expression.
"Photography unlocks the chains of reality as we know it"

Awards ΙPA, International Photography Awards, 2017

2nd Place, Category: Special -Other


Honorable mention in categories: Architecture/Interiors (x1),
Architecture/Other (x1)

MIFA, Moscow International Foto Awards 2017

3nd Place Winner x 2, Categories : People/Wedding & Event/Wedding


Honorable Mention in categories: Fine Art/Abstract (1), Architecture/Interiors (x1)

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2017

Bronze Winner, Category: Portraiture/Wedding


Honorable Mention in categories: Fine Art/Abstract (x3), Advertising/Architecture (x2) & Press/General News (x1)


PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris

Silver Winner, Category: Nature/ Wildlife
FAPA, Fine Art Photography Awards, 2nd Edition, 2015-2016

Nominee, Categories : Architecture, Abstract, Wildlife / Animals, Panoramic and People

MIFA, Moscow International Foto Awards 2016

2nd Place Winner, Category: &
Honorable Mention, Category: Sports

The EPSON International Pano Awards 2016

Silver Award, Category: Open Nature / Landscapes

IPA, International Photography Awards 2016

Honorable Mention, Categories: Fine Art/Abstract, Architecture/Industrial, Architecture/Other and Nature/Wildlife


PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris

Third Prize (People's Choice), Category Nature/Sky


Honorable Mention, Category Fine Art/Abstract


Black & White Spider Awards

Honorable Mention, Category, Sport


Photo Contest “Beijing – An Olympic City in View” 2007

Beijing Foreign Cultural Exchanges Center

Certificate of Excellence

Venice International Photo Contest

2nd place

Category “Photojournalism” (colour)

Pancyprian Photo Competition by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO)

1st Place

Category “Cyprus Gastronomy”


Fujifilm Euro Press Awards 2004 – Cyprus

Winner in Categories “Nature and “Technique”


Fujifilm Euro Press Awards 2002 – Cyprus

National Winner, Overall

Winner in Categories “News” and “Features”.