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 justice, 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 media outlets. 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 in Barcelona (Spain), frequently travels to Italy, and is available for assignments, journalistic collaborations and educational projects worldwide.


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). 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. Contest Winner, ‘Closer 2016 – Dentro il reportage’
2016. We are not going back. Shortlisted, 2016 Athens Photo Festival


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)


BBC News (UK), The Times (UK), Vice (UK), British Red Cross (UK), New Statesman (UK), Los Angeles Times (US), The Wall Street Journal (US), Internazionale (Italy), L’Espresso (Italy), La Repubblica (Italy), Il Manifesto (Italy), Witness Journal (Italy), The Post Internazionale (Italy), Regards (France), Paris Match (France), France Culture (France), Franceinfo (France), Diari Ara (Spain), Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Morgenbladet (Norway), Publik Forum (Germany), The Huffington Post,, FotoRoom, Lenscratch


NONPROFITs & NGOs: 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 International 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 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)


AMERICAS. Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, United States
ASIA. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal

error: All images on this website are copyrighted © 2017 Marco Panzetti