London, United Kingdom
Lefteris Pitarakis is a photojournalist with the Associated Press since 1998. He had worked in the greater Balkan region, and in April 2000 for 5 years he was posted in the Middle East covering mainly the Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank the Gaza Strip and Israel.
He traveled in the greater Middle East region to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan and covered the aftermath of the US-led wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. He had worked extensively in Pakistan and most recently he covered the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 In Egypt and worked in Tunisia and Libya during the war. He covered the summer 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon and that body of work from the conflict along with the rest of the AP photo team that covered it, made them finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize.
As a strong advocate of ethics in photojournalistic work, he is involved in a major long-term research project on ethics in photojournalism. He presents his work and lectures about ethics in universities and conferences in the UK, US and Europe.