2010 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Marco Vernaschi

for Pulitzer Center

02 March, 2009

President Vieira's alleged assassins pose for a portrait seven hours after his death. Guinea-Bissau has become a hub for cocaine trafficking as South American drug cartels seek new smuggling routes to Europe. With over 100 islands off its coast and a navy with no working boats, Guinea-Bissau offers a haven for drop-offs, storage and movement of cocaine. Leading officials are involved, as was President Vieira, according to Interpol.

About the photographer

Marco Vernaschi

Marco Vernaschi is an Italian author best known for his thought-provoking visuals and inspirational campaigns. He developed a variety of photography-based projects ranging from d...

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