Marco Vernaschi

Marco Vernaschi has produced a wide range of projects ranging from investigative journalism and wildlife conservation, to social documentary and fine arts. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the World Press Photo, and was invited to join The Photo Society in 2015.

Marco worked extensively across Africa, Asia, Central and South America shaping a variety of in-depth investigations, essays and awareness campaigns. Through the past two decades, Marco partnered with several organizations including the United Nations, the Pulitzer Center and National Geographic, among others.

Marco is the founder of BIOPHILIA, a startup B-Corp dedicated to building a fair and sustainable food system, for which he produced Seeds For Life, an awareness campaign about the human and environmental cost of GMO agriculture in Argentina, and a story featuring some of the most representative indigenous communities living in that country.

Marco developed for the Pulitzer Center a set of three projects, including Narco State, a major investigation on narco-terrorism in West Africa, 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 developed an essay on the aftermath of cocaine production and trafficking in Bolivia, and he produced a set of stories with focus on wildlife trafficking and crime 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, WCS, FFI and BVAR in Madagascar and Belize.

During 2011-13 Marco released two fine art projects that were featured worldwide in several museums, private collections and art venues, including the Venice Biennale, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) and Tokyo Institute of Photography.