Simona Ghizzoni


She began her career studying Music and Arts, an influence that continues to be present in her work. Since 2005 Ghizzoni has committed herself to long-term documentary projects concerning women’s conditions; at the same time she conducts research that explores the relationship between people and nature titled 'Rayuela'. She won the 3rd prize in the 'single, Portrait' category of the 2008 World Press Photo Contest with 'Odd Days', an image from her long-term project on eating disorders, which was also awarded the Photoespaña Ojodepez Award for Human Values in 2009.

Her works have been exhibited at Paris Photo 2008-2009-2010 through the Forma Foundation for Photography gallery, based in Milan. With 'Afterdark', a long-term project focused on the consequences of war and conflict on women's lives. She won the third prize Contemporary Issues singles in the 2012 World Press Photo Contest. 

In 2013 she directed her first long feature documentary, dedicated to women victims of forced disappearance in the occupied territories of Western Sahara "Just to Let you know I' m Alive" (64' S. Ghizzoni/ E. Zuccalà. 2013, Zone - Roma/Meriem Belala - Algiers production).

Currently she is working on UNCUT, a long-term documentary project about female genital mutilation in Africa and Europe. Her work has been published on The International New York Times, L' Espresso, Io Donna, il Corriere della Sera, El Paìs and awarded by World Press Photo, Poyi, the Aftermath project, BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Sony World Photography Award, among others. Ghizzoni is Canon Ambassador, member of MAPS / www.mapsimages.com and ZONA / www.zona.org

Simona Ghizzoni