Communications Expert | Photographer | Producer
Vicky Markolefa is based in Athens, Greece, where she was born. She has been working in strategic communications, project management and media production for over 17 years in more than 40 countries worldwide, independently and with leading companies, NGOs and media. For over ten years, Vicky has been working as a photographer and documentarist and her work has received international recognition and exposure. She thrives in reportage and portrait photography as well as in documentary production. Her work focuses on social issues, human righrs, current affairs and topics such as migration and development.
Vicky combines her expertise in communications with her talent in photography and storytelling. She has created media strategies, campaigns, pictures, copy, articles, awarded documentaries and videos on conservation, human rights and development issues. As a Communications Consultant, she has led projects from scratch to completion, managed awareness campaigns and events such as “Women’s Day” (2008-2014), “Education for All” (2007-2014), In my Shoes” exhibition for ActionAid, campaigns such as “Fish Forward EU” for WWF in 2015 and multimedia projects like “SwearToCare4Islands” for MEDASSET in 2017. She has acted as a spokeswoman for ActionAid, WWF and Médecins Sans Frontières for EU Migration.
She has extensive experience in media production and she has been working wirh media outlets, independent producers and production houses in photography and documentary projects for more than ten years. She thrives in diverse environments and enjoys working for challenging projects and cross cutting issues.
Vicky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing Management and she has attended several courses on new media, leadership, social marketing, photography, storytelling and trainings on women’s rights, food security, development, emergency response, risk management etc. She speaks English and Greek fluently and is improving her Spanish and German.
Since 2016, she is a member of Mind the Bump, a creative team of awarded photographers, producers and media experts.
Awards & Highlights
- Best film – Mediawave Film Festival 2016
- Best Gender Equality Film – 2015 Bilbao International Film Festival
- 2nd Best Documentary – DOCFEST 2014
- Best Music Award – LGFF 2014
- 2nd Prize – Ierapetra International Documentary Festival 2014.
Immersion documentary: Best documentary, LGFF 2014
- Runner-up prize – New Horizons Photo Competition 2016, COMPAS / University of Oxford.
- FIAP Praise – Peace is, Photography competition 2014, World Without Wars and Violence under the auspices of UNESCO.
- The Last Fisherman (working title), 2017, Greece, Direction, Script, Production, Videography – in progress.
- EGEO: The sea for me, 2017, Greece, Direction, Script, Production – in progress.
- Education for whom?, 2014 Ghana, Kenya, Greece Production, script, filming.
- Excision, Kenya, 2013 / Producer, research, still photography.
- Immersion, Sierra Leone, 2013 / Ass. producer, still photography.
- Mission in Vietnam, 2013 / Producer, research, filming, direction, script, photography.
- The Outcasts, Ghana, 2012 / Producer, research, script, still photography.
- Mission in Rwanda, 2012 / Producer, research, script, photography.
- Mission in Ethiopia, 2012 / Producer, research, script, photography.
- Bangladesh: Journey to the land of the forsaken, 2012 / Ass. producer, still photography.
- Mission in Ghana, 2011 / Research, script, photography.
- Kuluhiro: Hope, Kenya, 2010 / Research, script, still photography.
- Mission in Guatemala, 2009 / Research, script, still photography.
- Blood Diamonds, 2007, Sierra Leone / Ass. producer, still photography.
- The Image of the Savage – Rome, Italy, Millepiani, 13 – 22 May 2017, LoosenArt Gallery.
- Masks, Don’t Take Pictures, online, 23/11/2016-21/02/2017
- Vanitas: LoosenArt Gallery, Cagliari, Italy, LAB-A, 10 – 16/12/2016.
- Youth. esp Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, Opening: 11/11/2016.
- Blossom of Youth: Thessaloniki Photography Festival, 2014
- The Outcasts: Athens Fringe festival, 2012
- Africa through the eyes of the volunteers, Athens Technopοlis, 2012