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Metzakis Manolis












Manolis Metzakis UPI CR3, UPI ZEUS, E.FIAP/p, ESFIAP, PSA CP**, PSA MP** was born in Iraklio, Crete.
He is a graduate of the University of Crete, with a degree in Mathematics.
In 1989 he joined the Hellenic Photographic Society, Crete.
In the same year he founded the Photography Society of the University of Crete, where, for three years he taught the art of photography, (theory and practical), to students from all departments of the university.
In January 1992 he stood, for the first time, as a candidate to the Administrative Committee of the H.P.S. Crete. On being elected he took up the duties of General Supervisor.
In 1994, 1996 and 1998 he was re-elected to the same position.
In January 2000 he was elected Chairman of the Hellenic Photographic Society, Crete.
In 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 he was re-elected to the same position.

 He is member of the board of Unided Photographers International (U.P.I.) 
Since February 2009 he has been the President of the Direction Board of United Photographers International (U.P.I.)

The first solo exhibition of his photographs was held in August 1994. This was followed by solo exhibitions in Kastoria, Mytilini, Florina and at the cafe Gallery in Iraklio and the last years in many places all over the world. He has also participated in many group exhibitions.
Many Greek magazines have shown interest in, and published, items of his work.
He has created two sound-recorded presentations entitled, 'Amorgos' and 'Patras Carnival'.
He has collaborated professionally with the Cretan periodical EPOCHES, and was responsible for the whole photographic section for about a year.

From 1999 he has been a judge at many national and international photographic competitions.
In 1996, at the request of the International Museum of Photography in Catalonia, Spain, he made a gift of his photograph 'Millstone', which is now part of the museum's collection.
In 2008 after a new request of the same Museum, he made a gift of 4 new photos and in 2010 after a new request he donated a new of his photos with title "Rice Field". In 2009 at the request of the Museum of "EL-GRECO", he made a gift of 5 photos.

From 1990 onwards he has participated in national photographic exhibitions. He has taken part in 39 exhibitions, showing 85 different pieces of work which, in turn, have won 14 gold medals, 7 silver , 3 bronze , 15 awards and 165 merits.

From 1993 onwards he has taken part regularly in international photographic exhibitions. He has taken part in 800 such exhibitions, showing 280 different pieces of work, which have won, 25 gold medals, 21silver, 19 bronze,95 honorable mentions and 1550 acceptances.

At the beginning of 1997, on invitation, he entered 4 pieces of work to the international exhibition of photography in Romania, held under the auspices of the Romanian Ministry of Culture. In 1998 he was invited, yet again, to take part in a new exhibition.

In May 1996, the Federation internationale de l'art Photographique, F.I.A.P., honoured him with the artistic title A. FIAP (Artist FIAP), in recognition of his artistic achievements nationally and in international photography competitions. In December 1999 the F.I.A.P. awarded him the highest recognition, the title E.FIAP (Excellent F.I.A.P.). In Janyary 2008 the F.I.A.P. awarded him the title E.FIAP/b, in 2010 the title EFIAP/g and in 2011 the higher title EFIAP/platinum.. In 2010 FIAP awarded him the administrative  title ESFIAP.

In December 1996 the Photographic Society of America enrolled him as a member and in September 1997 awarded him the title of 'Single Star' photographer. In May 1999 he was awarded the title 'Double Star' photographer.

In December 2009 the United Photographers International awarded him the title UPI CROWN3. In April 2012 he was awarded the title UPI ZEUS

From 2000 he has taken part to many competitions of fine art photography as a judge.

(International: HPSC Greece 2007, Malaysia 2008, Gran Tour Delle Colline Italia 2010, Serbia Life 2010, Fotografico Agricultura 2011 Italia, Al-Thani awards in photography 2011, Slovenia Exposed 2011, 8th Holland international Circuit 2012, Turkey The history that is living in my homecity 2012, 21st Trierenberg Austrian Super Circuit 2012, Italy 16th Gran Tour Delle Colline 2012, FYROM Streets 2013, 22nd Trierenberg Austrian Super Circuit 2013, Turkey Izmir 2013, 8th Emirates 2013, Serbia Portrait 2014, 23nd Trierenberg Austrian Super Circuit 2013, Malta Intl. 2014.

 In November 1997, 1999, 2000 he was employed by the Secondary Education Board of Iraklio to teach the art of photography to pupils at the Multi-Optional High School, Iraklio.

He has had a lot of personal exhibitions in Greece (Iraklio, Athens, Rodos, Santorin, Preveza, Neapoli) and abroad ( Romania, Tirgu Mures, Oradea, Ukraine, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and Belgium)

At the end of 1997 he was employed at the State Institute of Further Education, Iraklio to teach the art of photography to students in the departments of 'Photographic Technique' and 'Fine Art Preservation'. Also he was teaching photography in the University of Crete for three years.
In July 1998 he became a member of the Hellenic Guild of Fine Arts.

He has been employed by the Technical Institute of Higher Education of Iraklio since Septemper 2000, where he teaches Photographic Technology and Biomathematics.
He speaks English and excellent Romanian. 


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