Mattia Vacca is a freelance photojournalist and a documentary photographer.
He graduated with a BA in Science of Communication and completed a MA in Cinema and Journalism at USI/Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. He was selected for two editions of the Masterclass FSS Film Studies and Documentary Filmmaking in Locarno. For ten years, he was a daily contributor for Il Corriere della Sera covering the breaking news stories in Northern Italy.
At this time he is working on various personal projects focused on social issues and the consequences of the armed conflicts around the world.
His first self-published photobook, A Winter’s Tale, came out in 2014 thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. He was also a TEDx speaker.
His work was featured on The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Indipendent, ZEIT, France Soir, Daily Mirror, BBC, VICE, Sette, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Private Photoreview, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Il Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa, il Fatto Quotidiano, il Giornale, il Messaggero, Libero, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Etiqueta Negra, Sportweek, Wu Magazine, Bak, Fstop, Bild der Frau, Mercure Liquide, I Meridiani.
He received numerous awards, including Sony World Photography Awards, Royal Photographic Society Awards, Unesco Humanity Photo Awards, Renaissance Prize, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, Foto 8 Summershow, Phodar Biennial.