My name is Vaios Vitos and I am a professional image storyteller focused on conservation photography and its impact in Greece. I am based in the Northern city of Thessaloniki, with a passion for nature, wildlife and landscape photography.
As an image creator, photographer and cinematographer, I try to capture the beauty of the world around us so that we will understand better our planet and its great wonders, and I hope to inspire other people to help protect nature and its creatures.
I have studied Business Administrator at University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, where I got my University degree, but although I work as a manager, eventually I discovered is not my cup of tea.
That was until I took my first photos. I started late in Photography, at the age of 24 years old, but quickly I realized that I was in love with creating images. For many years I worked at one of the best photo stores in Thessaloniki, selling photo gear and shooting social events.
From the start my big love was nature, wildlife and landscape photography. It is not only about Photography but also about the protection of our planet, and the process of travelling and experiencing nature and its unique places and animals. The feeling of being outside and connecting with the earth, plants and animals, is something that I embrace with all my heart and my efforts to help protect it is what motivates me each day.
In 2012, I created pttl.gr (photonews through the lens), which since then is the no1 website about photography in Greek language. A news site that’s only purpose is to be a place where every photographer and videographer in Greece and in the world, will get all the news about photography and imaging, every day. A project that takes a lot of my time, but something that helps me give something back to the big Greek Photographic Community all over the world. You can call it the Greek Dpreview or Petapixel!
pttl.gr have been collaborating with all big photography brands, Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, SIGMA, Tamron and some of the most important dealers in Greece, like Manios Cine Tools.
pttlgr’s YouTube Channel is a place where we talk about photography and photo gear. I review camera and lenses, and we even have our special podcast about photography, Angle of View, where we talk about important subjects about photography.
The last years I have been organizing team or private workshops and trips for photographers, especially in Lake Kerkini, where I guide fellow photographers to shoot with an ethical way, the great Dalmatian Pelicans and other animals that live in the area. I am a peoples’ person, so I can’t imagine anything better than to share experiences with other people that are passionate about nature, wildlife and landscape photography and the protection of our planet. I try to help everyone I can with Photography and Cinematography, but I also like to learn from others and take a look at their philosophy.
I am a member of the board of the Union of Professional Photographers and Videographers of Central Macedonia and a representative of the Union in the Greek Federation of Photographers, where I serve on the board as a Secretary.
I am married to my beautiful partner in life, Katerina, and I am the proud father of Savvas and Cecilia.
Hope that you find my art interesting and why not maybe one day we will be shooting next to each other.
Until then, don’t forget, we only get better in our craft by being out there and shooting. So Get out and use your camera!
See you out there!