Paolo Pellegrin worked for the French agency 'Vu' and the Italian 'Grazia Neri'. In 2001 he became a Magnum nominee, and in 2003 was accepted as an associate. In 1995 he was awarded the first prize in the 'Daily Life' category at the World Press Photos for his work on Aids in Uganda. The following year the same work won the Kodak Young Photographer Award-Visa D'Or in Perpignan, qualified him for the World Press Photo Master Class, and won a Euro/Fuji Award. In 1997 his first book 'Children', shot in Uganda, Romania and Bosnia was published and he received the first prize at the International Photo festival in Gijon for the work from Bosnia. Collaboration with the international medical charity, 'Medecins sans Frontieres' led to his book 'Cambogia' in 1999. He won a third prize in the portraits category and the first for 'people in the news' at the World Press Photos in 1999 and 2000 respectively and has been successful in winning various other major awards including the Leica Medal of Excellence (2001) and an Honorable Mention for the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award (2002). His pictures of Arafat's funeral won the 2nd prize for stories in the 2004 World Press Photo.