Valerio Bispuri, born in Rome in 1971, has been a professional reporter since 2001 and collaborates with numerous Italian and international magazines. In 2014, Encerrados was published, a book about life conditions in seventy-four prisons across the South American continent that he worked on for ten years. In 2015, he completed Paco, about the effects of a low-cost drug that has ravaged the lives of youth in the suburbs of major South American cities. Bispuri has been awarded numerous international prizes, such as Latin American POY (2011, honorable mention), Sony World Photography Award (2013, 1st prize Contemporary Issues), Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards (2013), and the POY (2014, 2nd prize, Feature Story Editing – Magazine). (Photo shot near Mostar, Bosnia, 2004. Photo sponsors: Larry and Carroll Gaissert.)

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