Bio & CV


Marco Panzetti (Italy, 1981) is a freelance documentary photographer, multimedia journalist and visual artist whose work focuses on contemporary issues related to social & environmental injustice, migration & displacement and collective identity.

He successfully carried out projects in Europe, Latin America and Asia, frequently in collaboration or on assignment for nonprofit entities, international organizations and publications. His work has been awarded, published in leading media outlets and exhibited internationally.

Although photography remains at the core of his practice, he also works with different audiovisual formats to create short documentary films, immersive multimedia & VR pieces and art installations.

Dedicated to photography since 2014, Marco had the privilege of being apprentice and assistant to Michel Huneault (Cosmos Photo) in the early stages of his career. Furthermore, in the first half of 2016, he worked as staff for the photo agency Noor in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

His long-term body of work on the European migrant crisis, ‘The Idea of Europe‘ (2015 – 2017) received international recognition including an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Lange-Taylor Prize. Different parts composing the same work were awarded the first prize at the 2017 Migration Media Award and the 2018 National Photojournalism Award of Spain.

Marco is based between Bologna (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain) and is available for assignments, journalistic collaborations and educational projects worldwide.


2019. Out of Thin Air. Curatorial Selection, 2019 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris – “State of the World” category
2019. Out of Thin Air. Finalist, 2019 PhotOn Festival
2019. Life after Hell (single photo). Shortlisted, 2019 Portrait of Humanity
2019. Tokyo Pulse (single photo). First Prize Winner, 2019 AFZ Spanish National Contest
2019. Out of Thin Air (single photo). Honorable Mention, 2019 Focus on the Story Festival
2019. Out of Thin Air. Shortlisted, 2019 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival
2018. The Idea of Europe. Semifinalist, 2018 Lange-Taylor Prize
2018. The Idea of Europe. Shortlisted, 2018 Premio Marco Pesaresi
2018. The Idea of Europe. Shortlisted, 2018 Lugano Photo Days
2018. The Idea of Europe. 2nd place, 2017 Imagely Fund Humanitarian Photography Grant
2018. The Idea of Europe. Shortlisted, 2018 Athens Photo Festival
2018. Life after Hell (single photo). First Prize Winner, 2018 National Photojournalism Award of Spain
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
2017. In Between (Single photo). Finalist, Festival della Fotografia Etica 2017 – Single Shot Award
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. Winner, 2016 Closer – “Dentro il reportage” award
2016. We are not going back. Shortlisted, 2016 Athens Photo Festival


JUL 2019. Out of Thin Air. PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris – “State of the World” exhibition. Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France (group)
MAR 2019. In Between. SOS Méditerranée/City of Geneva Exhibition. Quai Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland (group)
NOV 2018. The Idea of Europe. Assises Internationales du Journalisme. Théâtre du 4e Art, Tunis, Tunisia (solo)
SEP 2018. Life after Hell. International Peace Day. Sant Boi de Llobregat – Barcelona, Spain (solo)
OCT 2017. In Between (Single photo). Festival della Fotografia Etica 2017. 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. In Between (Single photo). Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for SOS Méditerranée. UNESCO building, Paris, France (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)


UK. BBC News, The Times, Vice, New Statesman, British Red Cross
USA. Los Angeles Times,  The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Vox
ITALY. Internazionale, L’Espresso, La Repubblica, Il Manifesto, Witness Journal, The Post Internazionale, La Nuova Ecologia
FRANCE. Regards, Paris Match, France Culture, Franceinfo, Valeurs
SPAIN. Diari Ara; SWITZERLAND. Tages-Anzeiger; AUSTRALIA. Sydney Morning Herald; NORWAY. Morgenbladet; GERMANY. Publik Forum
OTHERS. FotoRoom, Lenscratch


NONPROFIT / NGO. BRC British Red Cross (2017), MSF Médecins Sans Frontières (2016-2017), SOS Méditerranée (2016-2017), SOS Racisme (2016)
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. Thomson Foundation (2017-2018), Open Media Hub (2017-2018), ICMP Int. Centre for Migration Policy Development (2017-2018)


OCT 2018. Mixed-Media Residency – 2018 Photo Kathmandu Festival. Kathmandu, Nepal (solo)
SEP 2015. Atelierhaus Salzamt. Linz, Austria (duo)

SEP 2014. Casa del Escritor Fonca. Mexico City, Mexico (duo)


NOV 2018. Featured in Focus on the Story Festival.
NOV 2018. Featured in a piece about documenting migration on the Thomson Foundation website.
NOV 2018. Interviewed in Open Media Hub about the photo awarded the 2018 National Photojournalism Award of Spain
JUL 2018. Interviewed in Metro-polis [Italian]
MAY 2018. Interviewed in RTVE (Spanish national television, min 17:15)
MAY 2018. Interviewed in Open Media Hub about the challenges of reporting on migration after solo presentation at the EU parliament.
APR 2018. Press review following the 2018 Spanish National Photojournalism Award: EFE, Púbilico, El Periodico, El Diario, Clavoardiendo, ANIGP, FAPE, Albedomedia

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. Interviewed in the documentary ‘SOS Méditerranée si racconta’ by Maghweb productions [Italian]. Palermo (Italy)


Bachelor’s Degree in Communication – Mass Media. Università degli studi di Bergamo. Bergamo, Italy


Italian, Spanish, English, Catalan


EUROPE. Western European Countries + Balkans
AMERICAS. Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, United States
ASIA. Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

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