Marco Vernaschi is an Italian social entrepreneur and media producer who developed a wide range of projects, ranging from investigative journalism and social documentary, to advocacy campaigns and fine art. He’s the founder of Biophilia, a startup B-Corp dedicated to foster sustainability, conservation and cultural diversity.
Marco worked extensively across Africa, Asia, Central and South America shaping a variety of in-depth investigations, essays and surveys partnering with several organizations including the United Nations, the Pulitzer Center and National Geographic, among others.
He produced for the Pulitzer Center a set of projects with focus on Africa, including Narco State, an investigation on narco-terrorism, Dying for Treatment, an awareness campaign on reproductive health in the Sub-Saharan region and, in 2010, Child Sacrifice, exposing organ trafficking and ritual murder in Uganda.
Through the previous years, Marco produced an in-depth survey on the aftermath of cocaine production and trafficking in Bolivia, and a set of projects with focus on wildlife crime and conservation working in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Indonesia and India in collaboration with the CITES (United Nations). He also contributed to a number of surveys and essays partnering with ICTE (Madagascar), WCS, FFI and BVAR (Belize).
During 2011-13 Marco released two fine art projects that were featured worldwide in museums, private collections and art venues, including the Venice Biennale, Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) and Tokyo Institute of Photography. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the World Press Photo, and was invited to join The Photo Society in 2015.
AWARDS & HONORS
World Press Photo Award 2010 – 1st Prize – GN Stories
PGB Photo Award 2010 – “Best Picture of the Year” – 1st Prize
PGB Photo Award 2010 – “Picture Story of the Year” – 1st Prize
ASME Award 2011 (finalist)
Pulitzer Center Grantee 2008 – 2010
Lens Culture Award 2009 – 1st Prize
ICP Infinity Award in Photojournalism 2010 (finalist)
SONY Photo Award 2010 – Current Issues (finalist)
ODP Award for Human Values 2009
FIP – Photographer of the Year 2004
Nando Peretti Foundation Grantee 2002-04