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Yannis Behrakis: Pulitzer-winning photographer dies

Yannis Behrakis, a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist for Reuters news agency, has died of cancer at the age of 58.

Born in Athens in 1960, Behrakis covered conflicts and natural disasters around the world in a career spanning more than thirty years.

His team's coverage of the refugee crisis won the prestigious Pulitzer prize in 2016.

Here is a selection of some of his work.

Kurdish refugees fleeing near the Iraqi-Turkish border in April 1992 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Behrakis covered major events for decades, here capturing Kurdish refugees fleeing near the Iraqi-Turkish border in the 1990s
A US Marine orders Somalian man to the ground in Mogadishu, 1992 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Behrakis's work took him around the world, including to Somalia during the US Operation Restore Hope in 1992
Ethnic Albanians mourn in Kosovo, 1999 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Conflict was an important part of his work, including coverage of the wars in the Balkans
Chechen rebels firing on Russian troops in Grozny in 1995 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption He photographed Chechen rebels firing on Russian troops in Grozny in 1995
Government troops capture an 18-year-old rebel in Sierra Leone, 2000 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Here, Behrakis captured the moment government troops took an 18-year-old rebel in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Yannis Behrakis selfie taken in Sierra Leone 2000 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption He took a self-portrait after surviving an ambush by rebels in Sierra Leone that year, in which two other journalists died
An Israeli soldier walking in fields near the Gaza Strip in 2008 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption An Israeli soldier is caught on film here walking in fields near the Gaza Strip in 2008
US troops in Afghanistan 2010 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Behrakis covered the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, photographing US troops here in 2010
Egyptian protesters in Cairo, 2011 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption He also covered unrest and protests around the world, here taking pictures of demonstrators in Cairo in 2011
Demonstrators in Cairo's tahrir Square in 2011 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Behrakis captured a stand-off near Tahrir Square, where demonstrators gathered against the Egyptian government
Anti-austerity demonstrators in Greece 2011 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Closer to home, anti-austerity demonstrators took part in violent protests in Greece the same year
The Ukrainian synchronised swimming team during an Olympics qualification event in 2004 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption His work also had a lighter tone, including photos of the Ukrainian synchronised swimming team during an Olympics qualification event in 2004
A family of Syrians off the Greek island of Lesbos, 2015 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption But it was his team's coverage of the refugee crisis, like this one of a Syrian family off the Greek island of Lesbos, that won them the Pulitzer prize
Yannis Behrakis in Normandy, France in 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Behrakis is survived by his daughter Rebecca, son Dimitri and his wife Elisavet

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