Manolis Metzakis was born in Iraklion Greece, He is a graduate of the University of Crete, with a degree in Mathematics.
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 KAZANTZAKIS.
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.