Daimon Xanthopoulos
Photographer, Filmmaker, Creative Director

Daimon Xanthopoulos, has made his mark globally in photography, film-making, and creative leadership. With over 20 years of experience, Daimon’s award-winning work, focused on social and human issues, has been showcased globallyin both photography, publications and documentary films.


Co-Founder & Director, SALIENT FILM (January 2023 – Present)
Based in Amsterdam, SALIENT FILM is a boutique production company co-founded by Daimon and Stefan Osadzinski. Specializing in impactful documentaries and storytelling videos, the company has carved a niche for itself by delivering compelling narratives that inspire action.

Professional Photographer,
DAIMONX (September 2000 – Present)
In his solo venture, Daimon explores global social issues through his lens, earning him international acclaim, awards, and recognition across multimedia platforms. His work has been displayed at international events including the Noorderlicht photo festival, photofestival Perpignan France, Athens photo festival, and Tbilisi photo festival.

Global Panasonic Brand Ambassador,
Panasonic (August 2015 – December 2022) As a LUMIX Ambassador, Daimon inspired creativity while also publishing a global magazine and serving as the Chief Editor of LUMIX Stories Magazine.

Documentary Photographer,
National Geographic (October 2009 – September 2019) During his decade-long association with National Geographic, Daimon embarked on various photo assignments, documenting diverse stories and enriching the magazine’s visual narratives.

Multimedia Artist,
Terre des Hommes Netherlands & UNICEF Nederland (January 2009 – January 2019) Across 10 years, Daimon leveraged his visual storytelling skills to raise awareness about child rights, labor, exploitation, and abuse. His impactful work resulted in significant media attention.

Photography Masterclass Teacher
Workshop, University of Amsterdam (June 2016 – July 2018) Here, Daimon shared his mastery in visual storytelling, guiding and teaching journalism and media studies students.

Photographer & Multimedia Productions,
VPRO (January 2008 – 2018) Daimon’s collaboration with VPRO radio resulted in the Prix Italia special prize in 2009 for their multimedia production on the crisis in Detroit.

Photographer & Photojournalist,
Newspaper Trouw (2001 – 2018) Daimon frequently contributed to Trouw, covering a wide range of large documentaries and multimedia stories both locally and internationally.

P/f Magazine, Eisma Media Groep (January 2012 – December 2016) As Editor-in-Chief, Daimon led the editorial content and maintained strong ties with industry leaders, contributing articles and equipment reviews.

de Volkskrant (2005 – 2015) Daimon published published several documentaries and stories with de Volkskrant.

Photographer & Documentary Producer,
Welzorg (2010 – 2012) Daimon produced the documentary “Ik ben wie ik ben” and executed photography for campaigns and advertising across the Netherlands.

Photographer and Photojournalist,
De Telegraaf (January 2001 – December 2006) Daimon’s tenure saw him covering a range of events, from natural disasters to war, resulting in an extensive portfolio of impactful images.

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague | Photography

English, German, Greek, Dutch

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 De TEGEL Storimans prijs – for camerawork ‘Waar liggen de grenzen van Europa?’
  • 2021 Chelsea International Art award, Agora Gallery USA
  • 2016 Finalist for the Artist World Registry Grand, USA
  • 2015 Secret societies of west Africa finalist in LensCulture portrait award.
  • 2015 Secret societies of west Africa at Athens photofestival
  • 2015 Benaki museum exhibition and key-visual at Athens airport
  • 2012 Innovation award at Zilveren Camera awards for the production and quality of his multimedia work
  • 2011 Nominated for the TEGEL in the category best online documentary and radio Roots of Evil
  • 2010 PANL Awards 2010 editorial feature series Chronic malnutrition in Guatemala
  • 2010 Zilveren Camera Awards 2nd Place Canon Innovation Award Detroit, stories from a city in free fall
  • 2009 Pre Selected for the DutchDoc documentary awards Detroit, stories from a city in free fall
  • 2009 Prix Italia 2009 winner of special prize with multimedia documentary Detroit, city in free fall
  • 2008 Journalist for Peace 2008 by Humanistic Peace Council War in Darfur, North Uganda
  • 2007 IPA LUCIES awards feature story The War in Darfur and the water crisis
  • 2007 The Zilveren Camera 2nd Place International News Series Inside Darfur, war in Sudan
  • 2006 Dick Scherpenzeel prize – LRA and the Hidden War of North Uganda
  • 2005 IPA LUCIES 2nd place Editorial Feature Story Hidden War, North Uganda
  • 2005 IPA LUCIES Feature Story Hidden Children, Madagascar
  • 2004 Best European newsphoto 2nd for the Sunday Times Magazine

Exhibitions and Shows

• Solo: Sacred Sites – Kerk aan zee solo exhibition, North Holland, NL
• Group: Sacred Sites – Wonderland Kasteel – Castle garden exhibition ISOO, NL

• Solo: Tbilisi Photofestival Screening art project Mystic Echoes, Georgia
• Group: Photokina Fair – Rohingya refugee crisis in the main hall, Köln, DE

• Group: AAF art fair Amsterdam. playing, Sierra Leone, sold to a private collection, NL

• Solo: ‘Mining for Gold’ – Athens Photofestival, The Benaki Museum, Athens, GR

• Group: AAF art fair Amsterdam. playing, Sierra Leone, sold to a private collection, NL

• Solo: ‘Children of Gold – Goldmining in Burkina Faso’ – Public Library, The Hague, NL
• Group: ‘Roots of Evil’ multimedia exposition with installation and prints – Fotofestival Naarden, Naarden, NL

• Group: Detroit ‘Brenda Story’ silver camera exhibit – Fotomuseum – The Hague, NL

• Solo: ‘Wereldblijk – Leven in Darfur’ – Noorderparkkamer, Amsterdam, NL
• Solo: ‘Warchild & Amnesty International – Darfur Crisis’ – Filmhuis Uitzending, The Hague, NL

• Solo: ‘Why War in Afrika’ – Museum van Volkenkunde, Leiden, NL
• Group: ‘Darfur Crisis’ – Nieuwspoort Presscenter, The Hague, NL
• Group: ‘Darfur Crisis’ – Silver Camera Exhibition – Fotomuseum – The Hague, NL

• Solo: ‘Inside Darfur, Sudan’ – Agora Gallery Hellenic Centre for Photography Festival, Athens, GR
• Solo: ‘Inside Darfur, Sudan’ – Main Hall of Canon Europe HQ, Hoofddorp, NL
• Solo: ‘Face of War, Angola’ – Central Library, The Hague, NL
• Solo: ‘War on Ambon, Indonesia’ – Horizon Holland, Waalwijk, NL
• Solo: ‘War on Ambon, Indonesia’ – Oxfam Novib (at twelve different locations in the Netherlands)
• Group: ‘Africa’ – Africa Art Festival, Chicago, USA
• Group: ‘Nowhere to Go – Life Inside the Darfur Conflict’ – Cinema and Justice Festival, The Hague, NL
• Group: ‘The Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony’ – International Noorderlicht Fotofestival – Aakerk – Groningen, NL
• Group: ‘Between Memory & Future – Life Inside the Darfur Region’ – Month of Photography – Erato Gallery – Athens, GR
• Group: ‘Two Evening Screenings about My Darfur Work’ – Photofestival Visa pour l’Image – Perpignan, FR

• Group: ‘Shqipëri – Life in Albania After Communism’ – Hype – Stedelijk Museum Post CS – Amsterdam, NL

• Solo: ‘Children in Conflict Areas’ – Stichting Lancelot – The Peace Festival – The Hague, NL

• Solo: ‘The Salalah Hell, Liberia’ – Central Library – The Hague, NL
• Solo: ‘The Salalah Hell, Liberia’ – Haagse Hogeschool – The Hague, NL

• Solo: ‘Face of War, Angola’ – Central Library – The Hague, NL

• Solo: ‘War on Ambon, Indonesia’ – Horizon Holland – Waalwijk, NL

• Solo: ‘War on Ambon, Indonesia’ – Oxfam Novib (at twelve different locations in the Netherlands)

Keynotes and Lectures

• Romania WEDCAMP a multi-day workshop on documentary and photography storytelling.

• Lecture photography, Fotovakschool, NL
• LUMIX Academy series webinar, INT

• Lecture photography for Hermitage, NL
• Webinar photography LUMIX S for USA
• Vilnius storytelling workshop, LT
• Storytelling & photography, NL

• Visual Storytelling, CHINA Sanya PRC
• Documentary making, Nijkerk, NL
• Visual Storytelling, Professional Imaging, NL
• Visual Storytelling, HELLAS EXPO, GR
• Filming for photographers, Wiesbaden, D
• Visual Storytelling, Litouwen, LT
• Photo and audio, Sennheiser HQ, Hannover, D
• Storytelling, IBC Amsterdam, NL
• Digital Storytelling tour across 8 cities in Poland, PL

• Workshop new media, Urk, NL
• Workshop audio, Sennheiser, Hannover, D
• Lecture Professional Imaging, Nijkerk, NL (3 sessions)
• Lecture Panasonic Nederland, NL (2 sessions)
• Photo-essay workshop, Photokina, Köln, D (3 sessions)

• Photography and filmmaking with the Faith project lecture, 8 locations in the Netherlands, NL
• photography and film project lecture, PI Nijkerk, NL (3 sessions)

• Fotovakschool Lumni, Amsterdam, NL
• Pakhuis de Zwijger Shoot, Amsterdam, NL

• VROAAM, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, NL
• AEGEE, Utrecht, NL
• UNICEF Nederland, Voorburg, NL
• Fotovakschool Alumni, Amsterdam, NL

• Zilveren Camera Seminar, Fotomuseum, Den Haag, NL
• Radio Nederland Trainings Centre, Hilversum, NL
• Professional Imaging beurs, Nieuwegein, NL
• Villa VPRO Radio 1, Hilversum, NL
• Ivo Niehe Tros TV Show, Hilversum, NL
• Fotolumni, Apeldoorn, NL
• Radio Nederland Trainings Centre, Hilversum, NL

• Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL
• Workshop, NL
• UNICEF Nederland, Den Haag, NL
• Radio Nederland Trainings Centre, NTR, Hilversum, NL

• Stichting Lancelot, Den Haag, NL
• NIDF, Haarlem, NL
• UNICEF Nederland, Voorburg, NL
• VPRO Radio 6 ‘bureau buitenland’, Hilversum, NL

• CMD Visual Interface Design, Hogeschool Rotterdam, NL
• Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL
• Kunstenaars&CO, Amsterdam, NL
• Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, NL

• NVJ NVF Grote freelancers dag, Amersfoort, NL
• NIDF Lezing, Haarlem, NL
• NVJ magazine interview
• Sanoma Publishers, Hoofddorp, NL
• Centrale Bibliotheek, Den Haag, NL
• Filmhuis, The Hague, NL
• Noorderlicht Festival, Groningen, NL
• Art Tower of Erato Gallery, Athens, GR
• Veranderhuis, Doorn, NL
• Sanoma Publishers, Hoofddorp, NL

• Cultureel Festival Horen Zien en Schrijven, Den Haag, NL
• Grote Bibliotheek Den Haag, Ambon, NL