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Marcio Pimenta is an explorer, photographer, filmmaker and speaker.

He is a member of The Explorers Club and a National Geographic Society explorer. His work is dedicated to witnessing the history of humanity, marked by achievements and losses.

With the support of the National Geographic Society, between 2022 and 2023 he embarked on a solo expedition of more than 11,000 km (6,835 miles) by land and sea following the trails described by Charles Darwin in his travel diary. Pimenta documented the socio-anthropological observations, landscapes and Darwin's legacy still present in Patagonia.

Graduated in economics and holding a doctorate in international relations with a specialization in American Studies, Pimenta abandoned his academic career in 2013 to pursue a path as a visual storyteller.

In 2016 and 2017, he was in Iraq to cover the war against ISIS and the renaissance of Yazidi women. This work resulted in his first photo album, published in 2020, “Yazidis”.

Between 2018 and 2020, he traveled to several countries in South America to document how human beings transform landscapes to obtain water, energy and food, launching his new photobook "Man and the Earth" in 2023.

Witness to important events of our time, Pimenta hopes that the results of his work will be used for anthropological, sociological, economic, geographic, historical and aesthetic studies.

Pimenta divides his time between Patagonia and the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, with his wife.

Rory Peck Trust and Pulitzer Center Fellow.


Man and Earth, 2023. Photobook. Hardcover. 68 pages. ISBN: 978-65-981233-0-7

Portrait of Humanity, 2023 (collective). Photobook. Hardcover.
Publisher: The British Journal of Photography

Yazidis, 2020. Photobook. Hard Cover. 88 pages. ISBN: 978-65-991632-0-3
Publisher: Artisan Raw Books.

Awards and Grantees

National Geographic Explorer 2022

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Prize 2022 (Finalist)
Mário de Andrade Prize for Ethnographic Photography - National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), Brazil 2022 (Honorable mention)

Princess Isabel Photography Prize, Palmares Foundation (Finalist)

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - 2021 - "Clash of Civilizations", Tierra del Fuego, Chile

XVI Marc Ferrez Photography Award 2021 with the project “Mata-Fina: the history of Bahian cigars that conquered the world"

Grantee - Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - 2021 - "Clash of Civilizations", Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Bartur Photo Award 2021 - Main Award - Climate Change (Shortlisted)

World Report Award - Documenting Humanity 2021 in the Spotlight Category (Shortlisted)

IPA - Int’l Photography Awards 2020. Honorable Mention. Editorial / Press, Environmental

IPA - Int’l Photography Awards 2020. Honorable Mention. Professional: Book “Yazidis”

PX3 - Prix de la Photographie 2020. Silver in Press/Nature/Environmental 2020

Grantee - Rainforest Journalism Fund / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - 2019 - 2

Grantee - Rainforest Journalism Fund / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - 2019 - 1

Grantee - Projeto Colabora - 2019

Massey Ferguson Award for Photojournalism 2017

Massey Ferguson Award for Photojournalism 2016

New Holland Photojournalism Award. Finalist. 2016

Petrobras Journalism Award 2015

New Holland Photojournalism Award. Finalist with two works. 2015

Kontinent Awards 2013. Official Selection in Nature and Unique Image. Uckuyular / Izmir - Turkey


Lanceiros Negros (Black Lancers), Porto Alegre, Brazil, September 14 to December 19. Solo exhibition.

Parada 7 - Arte em Resistência - Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 07 to Octubre 30, 2022. Collective exhibition.

XXII International Biennial Art of Cerveira, in Portugal, July 16th to December 31st, 2022. Collective exhibition.

"Nobody's Listening” Exhibition Promoting Justice for Iraq's Forgotten Genocide    ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe, Germany, October 2021. Collective exhibition.

OpenWalls Arles 2020 at Galerie Huit Arles by British Photojournalism Journal. From 01 July until September 2020. Collective exhibition.


Universidad de Santiago de Chile – PhD in American Studies (incomplete) - 2007 - 2012
United Nations - Internship - International Trade Department - 2007 - 2008
United Nations - Summer School on Latin American Economies - 2007
Universidad de Santiago de Chile - Master in World Politics - 2007 - 2008
University of Salvador - Bachelor of Economics - 2002 - 2006

Hostile Environment & First Aid Training

Hostile Environment and First Aid training by 1st Option Safety Group. Manaus, Brazil - 2019 (Pulitzer Center Grant).
Hostile Environment and First Aid training held from the 24th – 27th October 2016 by 1st Option Safety Group. London, England - 2016 (BBC Grant).

Talks and Lectures

II Digital Exhibition of Visual Essays, Visual Anthropology Nucleus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, 2021
Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. 2020
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting,Washington, D.C. 2020
Swarthmore College. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 2020

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