- Geographic Location: South America
- Age: 5
Marizilda Cruppe was born in Brazil in 1968. She worked as a mechanical technician and studied engineering at University but after concluding her studies, she was forced to abandon the field. She then took classes to become an airplane pilot but had to discontinue that as well due to financial difficulties and nearsightedness. At that point, Marizilda began to study photography having always been very passionate about it. After studying with a number of recognized Brazilian photographers, she worked in advertising for a short time until she was able to pursue photojournalism full-time. For the past 12 years she has been working as a full-time photographer for O Globo newspaper, part of Brazil's main media group. In addition to her work as a photojournalist, she works on personal projects focusing on Brazil's social inequality and poverty issues. In 2005, she received an honorable mention in the Fourth Edition of the Iberian-American Communication Awards for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, and the Silver Gold medal at United Nations Correspondents’ Association Awards.
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