Bio & CV


Graduated in Communication Sciences, Marco Panzetti (Italy, 1981) is a freelance documentary photographer, multimedia journalist and visual artist based in Barcelona (Spain). Dedicated full time to photography since 2014, Marco had the privilege of being apprentice and assistant to Michel Huneault (Cosmos Photo) in 2014 and 2015. In the first half of 2016, he worked as staff for the photo agency Noor in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

His work focuses on contemporary issues related to social injustice, migration and collective identity. He successfully carried out projects in Europe, Latin America and Asia, frequently in collaboration or on assignment for nonprofit organizations and media outlets. While photography remains key to his documentary work, he also works with different audiovisual formats (video, audio and VR) to create short documentary films, immersive multimedia pieces and art installations.

His long-term body of work on the European migrant crisis, ‘The Idea of Europe‘ (2015 – present) received international recognition including an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Lange-Taylor Prize and the first prize in the video category at the 2017 Migration Media Award.

Marco is based in Barcelona (Spain), frequently travels to Italy, and is available for assignments worldwide.


2018. The Idea of Europe. Finalist, 2018 PhotOn Festival.
2018. The Idea of Europe. Finalist, 2018 Art Photo Bcn Festival.
2018. In Between (Single photo). Shortlisted, 2018 All About Photo Awards
2017. The Idea of Europe. Honorable Mention, 2017 Lange-Taylor Prize from CDS at Duke University
2017. In Between (Single photo). Finalist, Festival della Fotografia Etica 2017 – Single Shot Award: Solidarietà Fertile
2017. In Between. Shortlisted, 2017 Felix Schoeller Award
2017. Troubled Waters (In Between). First Prize Winner, 2017 Migration Media Awards – Video category
2017. In Between. Shortlisted. 2017 Athens Photo Festival
2016. In Between. Contest Winner. ‘Closer 2016 – Dentro il reportage’ by Witness Journal
2016. We are not going back. Shortlisted. 2016 Athens Photo Festival
2015. We are not going back. Selected. 2015 Visa pour l’Image Festival – ANI’s Coup de Coeur section


OCT 2017. In Between (Single photo). Festival della Fotografia Etica 2017 – Single Shot Award: Solidarietà Fertile. Lodi, Italy (group)
OCT 2017. Mediterranean Dispatches (In Between). Festival della Fotografia Etica 2017 – OFF Section. Lodi, Italy (group)
SEP 2017. In Between. 2017 Photogenic Festival. Barcelona, Spain (solo)
JUN 2017. Single photo, In Between. Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for SOS Méditerranée. UNESCO building, Paris, France (group)
JUN 2017. In Between. La Repubblica dei Desideri. Angelo Mai, Rome, Italy (group)
MAY 2017. In Between. Mediterraneo Downtown Festival. Logge del Palazzo Comunale, Prato, Italy (group)
APR 2017. In Between. IsoLab, Taranto, Italy (solo)
FEB 2017. In Between. Arsenale della Marina Regia, Palermo, Italy (group)
FEB 2017. We are not going back. EOI Drassanes, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
JAN 2017. In Between. QR Photogallery, Bologna, Italy (group)
OCT 2016. We are not going back. Pati Llimona, Barcelona, Spain (solo)


BBC News (UK), The Times (UK), Vice (UK), British Red Cross (UK), LA Times (US), Internazionale (Italy), Regards (France), France Culture (France), Paris Match (France), New Statesman (UK), Diari Ara (Spain), Il Manifesto (Italy), Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland), The Wall Street Journal (US), La Repubblica (Italy), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Witness Journal (Italy), The Post Internazionale (Italy), FotoRoom, Morgenbladet (Norway)


BRC British Red Cross, MSF Médecins Sans Frontières, SOS Méditerranée, SOS Racisme, New Statesman, Thomson Foundation, Open Media Hub, International Centre for Migration Policy Development.


APR 208. Selected as finalist with ‘The Idea of Europe’ at the PhotOn Festival. Valencia (Spain)
APR 208. Selected with ‘The Idea of Europe’ for the ArtPhotoBcn portfolio review. Barcelona (Spain)
MAR 2018. Selected for solo presentation of the ‘The Idea of Europe’ at the European Parliament. Brussels (Belgium)
JAN 2018. Protagonist in the short documentary film ‘Unheard Voices‘ by Myong-Hun Oh [English]
JUN 2017. Interviewed in The Submarine magazine [Italian]
JUN 2017. Interviewed by Open Media Hub at the Migration Media Awards ceremony [English]. Valletta (Malta)
JAN 2017. Interviewed in Orizzonti Internazionali [Italian]
OCT 2016. ‘We are not going back’ exhibition opening speech [Spanish]. Barcelona (Spain)
OCT 2016. ‘We are not going back’ exhibition mentioned in TimeOut Barcelona [Spanish]
FEB 2016. Interviewe in the documentary ‘SOS Méditerranée si racconta’ by Maghweb productions [Italian]. Palermo (Italy)


Argentina, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Vietnam
Western Europe, Balkans

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