Alessandro Penso studied clinical psychology at Rome's La Sapienza University. In 2007, he received a scholarship to study photojournalism at the "Scuola Romana di Fotografia". Since completing his studies, his work has won several awards, including the PDN Photo Student Award, the PDN Photo Annual Award, Px3, the Project Launch Award in Santa Fe 2011, and the Terry O' Neill TAG Award 2012., 1st Geneal News World press Photo, Magnum Foundation 2013. Alessandro is deeply committed to social issues, and in recent years he has been focusing on the issue of immigration in the Mediterranean. During this time, he has produced work on detention centres in Malta, the situation of migrant workers in the agricultural sector in the south of Italy, and young people stuck in limbo in Greece. . Alessandro's work has appeared in numerous publications, including Stern Magazine, The Guardian, BBC, The New York Times, Businessweek, Time Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Human Rights Watch, L'Espresso , Internazionale, D di Repubblica, Vanity Fair Italia, El Periodico, Le journal de la photographie, Enet and Ekathimerini.
2014 - World Press Photo Award , 2014 - Magnum Foundation Emergency Found, 2014 - Burn Emerging Photographer Found, 2015 - Photo Story of the Year Time Magazine, 2012 - Terry O’ Neill TAG Award 2012, 2011 - Project Launch Award in Santa Fe 2011, 2013 - Sofa Global Award 2013
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