Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters most awarded and respected photojournalists, died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 58. In his professional career, he earned the respect of his colleagues and many competitors because of his talent and courage.

Behrakis headed the Reuters team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for the coverage of the refugee crisis. His colleagues who worked with him, stressed that Reuters lost a talented and a committed photo reporter and journalist.

After joining the agency more than 30 years ago, Behrakis captured major events around the world, from the clashes in Afghanistan, Africa, Chechnya, to the extremely destructive earthquake in Kashmir or the rebellion in Egypt the 2011.

“My mission is to make sure that nobody can say: ‘I didn’t know'”, Yannis Behrakis used to say.