Winner of World Press Photo
Posted by March 29, 2023on
It is a real honor to be one of the regional winners of the World Press Photo 2023 with my project “Alpaqueros”.
It is very important for me to shed light on stories of Peru, a country which I love, and which adopted me almost six years ago. I like to think that, in a small way, I am giving something back to the Andean people who accepted me at a time when I decided to put my life on the line and get out of my comfort-zone, moving from my country, Italy.
I dedicate this award to my parents: to my mom, who guides me from heaven, and who with her fight taught me to struggle in life, and to my father, who taught me photography and gave me the opportunity to learn a profession.
I thank the jury for highlighting this story as “a great example of solutions-based journalism” for talking about “climate crisis from a fresh angle” and “balancing narratives about loss and preservation”. “The project is beautifully photographed, full of humor, and provides the perfect amount of information”.
I also thank my family, Carla, my friends and all the people who have been close to me over the years. Thank you Dominique (@dominiqueanneh) and Whitney (@whitneycatherinejohnson) and the entire National Geographic (@natgeo) and Pulitzer Center (@pulitzercenter) team who believed in me and this story. Special thanks to Sarah Leen (@roseleen) my mentor, who helps and supports me everyday, and to Vidal Merma (@vidal.merma) my tireless travel companion. Color grading: Natalia Alana (@nataliaalana)