Greek photographer Angelos Tzortzinis was named TIME Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer of 2015. It’s an award that’s considered one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry. The 31-year-old photographer is known for his poignant series of images that captures native Greeks and their struggles in light of the recent crisis.
Angelos Tzortzinis was born in a poor Athens neighborhood called Egaleo. Growing up, becoming a photographer was not his ambition; he simply sought a way out of an arduous life. But his difficult upbringing inspired a successful career. In 2006, he joined the Leica Academy of Creative Photography in Athens and discovered his passion for the camera.
Mikko Takkunen, International Photo Editor at TIME.com, edited a photo essay featuring Tzortzini’s award-winning shots. The photo on the home page is from the photo essay. Tzortzinis took it on the Greek island of Kos of a young girl being helped out of her lifejacket. She had crossed a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on Aug. 13, 2015.