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BIO

Marco Vernaschi is an Italian media producer and the founder of Biophilia, a startup B-Corp dedicated to foster sustainability, social development and cultural diversity.

Marco developed a wide range of projects, working 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 many others.

For the Pulitzer Center, he designed and produced 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, an investigation on 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). In 2005 he contributed to a survey on sustainable agriculture in Argentina’s northwestern Altiplano, and in 2004 he developed an essays on the impact of poaching and deforestation working in Ranomafana N.P. (Madagascar) with ICTE. He previously worked in Belize  with WCS, FFI and BVAR on a set of projects with focus on regenerative agriculture, marine conservation and archaeology.

During 2011-13 Marco released two fine art projects that were featured worldwide in museums, private collections and art venues, including the Venice Biennale, Noorderlicht Gallery, Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) and Tokyo Institute of Photography, among others. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the World Press Photo, and was invited to join The Photo Society in 2015.

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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

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