The Young Italian Photography Award was created in 2018 to support and finance the research and artistic production of photographers under 35 years of age.
The recognition is awarded to the best photographic project of each edition, as selected among the finalists of the open call.

This year interesting addition is the collaboration of Giovane Fotografia Italiana with Luigi Ghirri’s Heirs. This led to the new naming of the contest 2022, after Luigi Ghirri, in recognition of the photographer’s strong relationship with the city of Reggio Emilia, which also preserves his archives in the Photo Library of the Panizzi Library.

Starting from 2022, the winner will also have the opportunity to exhibit a larger and more complete version of the project in a solo exhibition scheduled in Triennale Milano for the following winter.

A great novelty of the 2023 edition is the special mention New Trajectories. GFI in Stockholm, promoted in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, offering the chosen artist a residency in Sweden consisting of a study and research period, during which he/she will elaborate an artistic project to be exhibited in a solo show curated by the IIC Stockholm.

Other important opportunities has been introduced in the 2024 call for applications: “Photo-Match Scholarship”, which will allow three GFI finalists to receive a scholarship to cover their travel and accommodation expenses to participate in the Photo-Match portfolio reading programme as part of Fotofestiwal Łódź scheduled for June 2024, and “Artist Residency Dalby Forest”, which, thanks to the partnership with Photoworks, together with Dalby Forest, Forestry England is offering two photographers the opportunity of a week-long immersive and ecological artist residency in the heart of Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, UK, along with mentoring, introduction to the team and forest ecosystems and networking opportunities.

The Young Italian Photography | Luigi Ghirri Prize, worth €4,000, which also includes the opportunity to present a solo exhibition at Triennale Milan during 2025, was awarded by a jury composed of Giovanna Calvenzi for Triennale Milano, Alessandro Dandini de Sylva, Paola De Pietri, Adele Ghirri for the Luigi Ghirri heirs archive, and Luce Lebart, a member of the artistic direction of Fotografia Europea, to the Milanese photographer Benedetta Casagrande, with the project ‘All Things Laid Dormant’ with the following motivation:

“For her conscious use of photographic language, for her choice to turn her gaze towards microcosms to which we are invisibly and often unconsciously interconnected. For having tackled the ambiguity of the photographic image in a coherent and poetic way’.g in relation to the feeling of the end”.

The jury made up of Lorenza Bravetta (curator of photography, cinema and new media Triennale Milano), Paola Di Bello (artist), Francesca Lazzarini (independent curator), Adele Ghirri (Eredi Luigi Ghirri) and Walter Guadagnini (director of Fotografia Europea) declared Giulia Mangione (Florence, 1987), who lives and works in Oslo, the winner of the Luigi Ghirri Award with the following motivation

“For the solidity of her research, for the photographic quality of her work and for having investigated the theme of belonging in relation to the feeling of the end”.

GFI#10 - Allestimento Giulia Mangione

The jury of the prize – made up of Tim Clark, Adele Ghirri, Elisa Medde, Cristiano Raimondi and Carlo Sala – declared her the winner of the prize of Giovane Fotografia Italiana #09, worth 4000 euros.

The 2021 edition of Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Reconstruction, announces Vaste Programme as the winners of the prize worth 4000 euros.

Members of the prize board are Diane Dufour, as the director of the Fotografia Europea festival, Arianna Rinaldo, photo editor and art director of Cortona on The Move and Carlo Sala, teacher and art curator.

Worth 2,000 euros, the prize was awarded to Iacopo Pasqui for his project N.

The jury of the award included Walter Guadagnini, artistic director of the European Photography Festival, Chiara Fabro for Panoràmic festival and Carlo Sala of the Francesco Fabbri Foundation.

In the 2018 Activism edition, the recipient of the Young Italian Photography Award, worth 2,000 euros, was Marina Caneve.

The commission that selected the winner included Walter Guadagnini, artistic director of European Photography Festival, Federica Chiocchetti, founder and director of The Photocaptionist, Stefania Scarpini, project manager for Peep-Hole, Milan and editor for Humboldt Books.

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