Italian photojournalist Luca Bracali has travelled to 140 countries to document fragile environments and disappearing cultures. He is also a published author and television producer. In 2008 he was named a member of Apecs (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) for his contributions about the environment published in the media. In 2009 he was the only reporter to reach the geographic North Pole on skis. In 2010 Bracali debuted in the world of fine-art photography and his pictures have been on display as solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in Rome, Sofia, Kiev, Odessa, Copenaghen, Montreal and New York. He has also completed numerous assignments and reportages for National Geographic. The Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA named the 198.616th discovered asteroid after him.