achilleaszavallis Achilleas Zavallis

I am a freelance photographer, currently based in Athens - Greece, specialising in covering news and feature stories for various greek and international publications.

Born in Cyprus in 1977 I started taking pictures as a hobby while working in client-service for an advertising agency.

Following the advice of a friend I quit my job and dedicated my self to photography for a year putting together a portfolio that got me a job with a local newspaper in 2002.

While covering the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and its effects I decided to put my cameras down and volunteered with Medecins du Monde - Cyrpus for a year working in the organisation as country coordinator for Sri Lanka.

From 2005 to 2012 I was based in Athens - Greece covering breaking news and current affairs for various publications, both local and international, as well as working as a fixer/ researcher for various international news stations.

In 2012 I shifted my attention to the Middle East and based my self in Turkey while covering the war in Syria and its regional implications. During that period I covered the rebel advances into Aleppo and was one of the few western photographers that managed to enter the rebel controlled areas of Damascus, where I remained for a period of four months, reporting and photographing the daily life of the people and the military operations of various rebel groups. During my last trip in Syria I travelled to the north east part of the country to report on the christian minority that chose to remain in the area and their preparations to fend off the advance of radical jihadi groups.

I am now back in Greece working for various local and international publications and I am available for assignments in Europe and the Middle East.

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Greece Debt Crisis Affects Ordinary P...
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
30 Jun 2015

As the Greek debt crisis continues to take the headlines in Europe and beyond, the country’s population fears that capital controls would be imposed by the government. On the streets, Greeks show mixed signs about the Eurozone. As the country’s economy is in recession, many in Greece are now favoring an exit from the Eurozone, with some others still supporting the single currency.

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Greece Debt Crisis 09
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
30 Jun 2015

People queue outside the National Bank of Greece on June 30, 2015 to withdraw money after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 08
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

Street scene in Athens on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 06
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

A man reading the newspaper headlines in the center of Athens on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 07
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

Street scene in Athens on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 05
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

A security guard stands in front of a Piraeus Bank ATM on June 27, 2015 after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 03
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

People queue outside Piraeus Bank on June 27, 2015 to withdraw money after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 04
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
27 Jun 2015

Street scene in Athens after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a referendum for July 5 to decide whether to accept or not the latest proposed deal by the country's creditors.

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Greece Debt Crisis 02
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
22 Jun 2015

Pro-Euro and EU demonstration at Syntagma, in Athens, on June 22, 2015.

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Greece Debt Crisis 01
Athens, Greece
By Achilleas Zavallis
18 Jun 2015

Greek soldiers at a pro-Eurozone and Euro currency demonstration on June 18, 2015 in Athens.