Alfredo D'Amato is a graduate of the Documentary Photography degree course at the University of Wales in Newport.
He has mainly worked on long-term projects focusing on both western and eastern Europe, Africa and South America, with a particular interest in Portuguese speaking countries.
Alfredo has had his work published in many international newspapers and magazines and has worked for many NGOs in Europe and further afield.
Alfredo has won the prestigious Observer Hodge Award and received the first prize in photojournalism at the One Media awards and UNICEF Photo of the year. In 2005 he was selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass and was granted the Marco Pesaresi scholarship in Italy.
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Working with the British Red Cross in Sicily, Alfredo D’Amato met individuals, couples and whole families of migrants from countries across West and East Africa who had undertaken incredibly dangerous and potentially deadly journeys across countless borders and the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
After yet another rickety craft packed with migrants heading for Europe sank in the Mediterraneon on 3 October 2013 with a loss of 368 lives, the Italian government decided to put together a flotilla of five warships that would patrol the sea and attempt to save the lives of those trying to cross the sea.
From the early 16th century onwards, Portuguese settlers who had come to the new colony of Sao Tome and Principe started importing slave labour from the African mainland to work on the sugar plantations (or rocas) that were spreading across the lush islands straddling the equator off the western coast of Africa.