Manolis Metzakis was born in Iraklion Greece, He is a graduate of
the University of Crete, with a degree in Mathematics.
In 1989 he joined the Hellenic Photographic Society of Crete.
In January 1992 he stood, for the first time, as a candidate to the
Administrative Committee of the H.P.S. of Crete. On being elected he
took up the duties of General Supervisor.
He was President of the Hellenic Photographic Society of Crete from
2000 till 2014.
In June 2008 elected as a member of the Governing Board of Global
Photographic Union GPU former UPI and has been its president
since February 2009

From 1990 onwards he has participated in national photographic
exhibitions with fine art photographs.
He has taken part in 39 fine art photography exhibitions, showing 85
different fine art photographs 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 fine
art photography exhibitions.
He has taken part in 800 such fine art photography exhibitions,
showing 580 different pieces of fine art photographs, which have
won, 45 gold medals, 31 silver, 39 bronze, 195 honorable mentions
and 1850 acceptances.
The photographic museum of Catalonia and museum of EL-GRECO
have in their collections fine art photographs (7 and 5 each) of his.

In May 1996, the Federation internationale de l'art Photographique,
(F.I.A.P.), honored 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
January 2008 the F.I.A.P. awarded him the title E.FIAP/bronze. In

May 2009 the F.I.A.P awarded him the title E.FIAP/silver, in 2010 the
title EFIAP/gold 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 Global Photographic Union awarded him the
title GPU CROWN 3 and in June 2015 CROWN 5. In April 2012 he
was awarded the title GPU ZEUS

In July 1998 he became a member of the Hellenic Guild of Fine Arts.

From 2000 he has taken part to many national and international
competitions of fine art photography as a judge.
He gives a lot of lectures in different countries around the world.
He has had a lot of personal exhibitions in Greece (Heraklion,
Athens, Rodos, Santorin, Preveza, Neapoli) and abroad ( Romania,
Tirgu Mures, Oradea, China, Ukraine, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland,
Australia, Belgium, etc)
He was the plato photographer in the films EL-GRECO and

Since 1990 he has been teaching fine art photography in a series of
seminars, held by the Greek Photographic Society of Crete, for both
beginners and more advanced photographers. He was teaching fine
art photography in IEK of Iraklion for four years and in University of
Crete for three years.
He has been employed by the Technical Institute of Higher Education
of Iraklion from September 2000 till the end of 2010, where he was
teaching Fine Art Photography and Biomathematics.