VICKY MARKOLEFA
Image by Bastian Fischer

Vicky Markolefa is a visual storyteller and media expert based in between Greece and Germany. Since 2006, she has worked independently and with organizations in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the MENA region, and Central America. 

 

She specializes in documentary photography and film production with a focus on social and environmental topics. Her portfolio features partnerships with institutions such as the European Commission ECHO, agencies such Euronews as well as leading organizations like WWF and Medecins Sans Frontieres. Vicky's projects have received recognition at international awards, festivals, and exhibitions.

 

In 2016, she co-founded the production house Mind The Bump where she works as a documentary director and producer. In 2018, she joined BULB Photos / Balkan Collective as an International Fellow Honoris Causa. In 2021, she founded WomenPhotoGR the first online community in Greece dedicated to promoting equal participation of female, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ individuals in photography.

Highlights & Awards
 

Photography

Runner-up prize – New Horizons Photo Competition 2016, COMPAS / University of Oxford.

International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) Praise – Peace is, Photography competition 2014,

World Without Wars and Violence under the auspices of UNESCO.

Several distinctions in photography competitions.

 

 

Documentary Films

 

'The Last Fisherman'

Nomination: Best International Documentary | ALTFF 2018 – Canada

Semi Finalist: Rome Independent Prisma Film Awards 2018 – Italy

'EGEO – The Sea For Me'

Best International Short Film - GeoFilmFestival 2020 - Italy

Best Ecological Documentary Award  | Short Cuts Film Festival 2018 – Serbia

Festival Award – Ierapetra International Documentary Festival 2018 – Greece

Semi-Finalist – A Rebel Minded Film Festival – USA

 

'Excision'

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.

Nomination Best Film, MiradasDoc International Documentary Film Festival 2014.

 

Photography Projects

 

‘The Outcasts’, Ghana, 2012

The stories of exiled women allegedly accused of witchcraft in northern Ghana. 

 

‘In The Huts’, Ethiopia, 2012

An intimate look into the family life of remote communities in Azernedt Ethiopia. 

 

'EXCISION', Kenya, 2012.  

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya.

 

‘Meet the Pokot’, Kenya, 2013

A visual study on the way of life of the Pokot communities in the Rift Valley. 

 

‘EXODUS’

Realities of migration in the Mediterranean.  

2016- in progress 

 

‘Life In Between’, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Albania, 2021. 

Documenting the interface of humans and marine life in the Mediterranean. 

 

 

Exhibitions Curator 

Womanhood Is, 2021

The Outcasts | Alleged Witches in Ghana, Vault Theather Athens / Fringe Festival, 2012.

Africa through the eyes of the volunteers, Athens Technopοlis, 2012.

 

 

Participation in photography festivals / competitions

 

Trieste Photo Days - Bulb Collective Guest of Honor, Tales of the Unwritten Exhibition

PHOS Street Photography Festival, Athens, 2021 / Judge

Natura 2000 Click in Nature Competition, Greece, 2022 / Judge 

Filmography

  1. My Name Is Blue, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Albania - Direction, Production, Script, Filming by Mind the Bump Productions, in progress.  

  2. Indigenius Loci, 2022, Greece, Direction, Filming, Script by Mind the Bump Productions 

  3. The Last Fisherman, 2018, Greece, Direction, Script by Mind the Bump Productions 

  4. EGEO: The sea for me, 2017, Greece, Direction, Script by Mind the Bump Productions 

  5. Education for whom?, 2014 Ghana, Kenya, Greece  Production, script, filming.

  6. Excision, Kenya, 2013 / Producer, research, still photography.

  7. Immersion, Sierra Leone, 2013 / Ass. producer, still photography.

  8. Mission in Vietnam, 2013 / Producer, research, filming, direction, script, photography.

  9. The Outcasts, Ghana, 2012 /  Producer, research, script, still photography.

  10. Mzungu, Rwanda, 2012 / Producer, research, script, photography.

  11. Wuha, Ethiopia, 2012 / Producer, research, script, photography.

  12. Bangladesh: Journey to the land of the forsaken, 2012 / Ass. producer, still photography.

  13. Kyekyewere, Ghana, 2011 / Research, script, photography.

  14. Kuluhiro: Hope, Kenya, 2010 / Research, script, still photography.

  15. Mission in Guatemala, 2009 / Research, script, still photography.

  16. Blood Diamonds, 2007, Sierra Leone / Ass. producer