About

Nikolia Apostolou is a multimedia-journalist currently sharing her time between Kalamata and Athens, Greece. For the last decade, she has been writing, doing video, and producing documentaries based out of Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey for media such as: The Associated Press, AJ+, The New York Times, PBS, USA Today, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera, The Economist, Newsweek, Hakai Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Berlin Policy Journal, Global Post, and many others.

With a group of eight journalists across Europe, North Africa, and Turkey, Nikolia also researched “The Criminal Migrant Shipping Network” on how cargo ships are used to transfer big numbers of refugees from Turkey to Greece and Italy.

In May 2012, she co-directed a documentary on the Greek far-right wing party, Golden Dawn. In summer 2017, she won a scholarship to attend the Summer Investigative Course at Columbia University. 

Nikolia earned her Master’s Degree in Digital Media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her Bachelor’s Degree at Panteion University, in Athens, Greece majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Lesbos, Istanbul, Riyadh, and New York, but keeps traveling the globe.

Awards:

  • Gold Award in the category Documentary at the Tokyo International Foto Awards in 2018, for her short documentary Goodbye, Pumice Island
  • Silver Award in the category Moving Images at the Tokyo International Foto Awards in 2018, for her short documentary Goodbye, Pumice Island
  • Gold Medal in the video content category at the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her documentary The Fishermen of Lesbos
  • Silver medal as Independent Publisher of The Year at the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her documentary The Fishermen of Lesbos
  • A Honorable Mention in 2013 International Photography Awards (IPA) for her for the New York Times Questioning Greek Growth
  • A Honorable Mention in the 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA) for her for the video Stateless

Festivals:

  • St. Louis International Film Festival, US
  • Encounters Festival, UK
  • XpoNorth, UK
  • International Festival of Short Films on Culture and Tourism, India
  • 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival, US
  • Al-Nahj International Film Festival, Egypt
  • Feminist Border Arts Film Festival , New Mexico State University
  • Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival, Canada

nikolia.apostolou@gmail.com

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