Simona Ghizzoni


Simona Ghizzoni is a photographer, visual artist and activist for women's rights. 

In her practice, Ghizzoni blurs the lines between documentary and personal research. While her images are often socially inspired, she tends to employ a personal and participative narrative that arises from the intimate relationships she creates with others. This can be seen in her autobiographical work on eating disorders, Odd Days, and her self-portraits series, Aftermath/Rayuela, which addresses the relationship between humankind and nature.

Her work has received several prizes, including in the 2008 and 2012 World Press Photo Contests, Poyi, The Aftermath Project, Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant, BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Sony World Photography Award, National Geographic Grant, among others. Ghizzoni’s work has been widely presented in personal and collective exhibitions in various locations including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, Paris Photo, PHotoESPAƑA, Auditorium Roma, Athens Photo Festival and featured in several magazines, including The Smithsonian Magazine, L’Espresso, Mail & Guardian, and El Pais

Ghizzoni is a TEDX speaker and regularly gives lectures in various Italian and European schools and universities. She is co-founder of MAPS Images. She is represented by MLB Gallery, Ferrara, Italy. 

World Press Photo Involvement:
2022 World Press Photo Contest Europe jury chair
2018 Joop Swart Masterclass mentor
2012 World Press Photo Contest winner
2009 Joop Swart Masterclass participant 
2008 World Press Photo Contest winner

Simona Ghizzoni on Social Media: 
Instagram: @simona.ghizzoni

Simona Ghizzoni

Portrait credit: Simona Ghizzoni