The small city of Reggio Calabria in southern Italy has seen the arrival of thousands of refugees who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in hopes of finding better living conditions. In 2016 over 350,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean Sea and reached European soil. Of those, 180,000 refugees took the Central Mediterranean route, which connects Libya to Italy and Malta, and is the deadliest route in the world. Over 4,400 refugees died at sea last year.

Divided by the Sea is a collection of multimedia stories about the Mediterranean refugee crisis and its impact on the small city of Reggio Calabria in Southern Italy through the eyes of both refugees and local Italians.


The project won first place in the Multimedia category of the 2016 College Photographer of the Year Awards. Click on the button below to explore the project.