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.
The jury will be chaired by the artistic direction of Fotografia Europea and will include a representative of the Ghirri family.
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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. Here the reasons for their choice:
“For creating an artwork where reality and fiction subtly merge, where the exhibition display captivate viewers in a seemingly playful narration yet capable of evoking a series of social and geopolitical issues at the same time, thus taking the viewer to new and engaging levels of relationships with the work, in a flowing process of discovery. This project is a metaphor of our contemporary existence, where we cross unseen deserts at great speeds, deserts to which we should attribute defined shapes and more meaning and significance.”
The past editions
Marina Caneve won the first edition of the GFI 2018 Award
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.
As stated by the jury:
Marina Caneve with her work Are They Rocks or Clouds? has been able to interpret the theme without rhetoric, creating a work that is at the same time a study of landscape, anthropological research and geological investigation.
Iacopo Pasqui won the second edition of the GFI Award, during the 2019 Ropes / Corde edition.
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.
The reasons of the jury:
For his investigation on the existential condition of life in the Italian province through a plurality of expressive media where the device used manages to communicate the conflict between the individual and society in a climate of homologation and isolation.