On 9 October 2016 at 3 pm, the Jury of Umbria Photo Fest’ Portfolio 2016 met in Palazzo Candiotti, chaired by Marco Pinna and composed as follows: Piter Foglietta, Lina Pallotta, Emilio D'Itri, Sara Lewkowicz, Anna Luccarini, Irene Opezzo, Giulia Ticozzi, Giancarlo Ceraudo, Tiziana Faraoni, Gianmarco Maraviglia, Diego Orlando. The high quality of works qualified for the final required a long and careful assessment through multiple sessions of review.
After nearly four hours, the Jury decided as follows:
OVERALL WINNER OF UMBRIA PHOTO FEST PORFOLIO PRIZE 2016
Antonio Faccilongo, through his work “Habibi”, documents the story of Palestinian prisoners’ wives: husbands - who have been given long sentences in Israeli jails - smuggle their sperm to their wives in order to conceive children. Antonio Faccilongo is a documentary photographer, based in Rome. After his degree in communications science, he obtained a Master in photojournalism.
He completed his training with workshops and seminars held by experts. His portfolio – awarded last year - will be exhibited in Palazzo Trinci during Umbria World Fest’ 2017 and it is visible on this site following the link Exhibition/Prize.
WINNER OF UWF NEW TALENT PORTFOLIO PRIZE 2016
Sofia De Benedictis, through her work “Kerigma”, explores the social role of the religious movement called Neocatechumenal Way, in a period of great social change. This organization is a spiritual path that operates within the Catholic Church through the renewal of baptism and catechesis for adults. Her portfolio - awarded last year - will be exhibited in Palazzo Trinci during Umbria World Fest’ 2017 and it is visible on this site following the link Exhibition/Prize.
Sofia De Benedictis is a photographer, based in Rome. She attended a storytelling course at the Luz Academy in Milan, as well as a workshop at PWNY in New York. She stayed at Factory Art Space in Bushwick, New York to work on a project
SECOND PRIZE AT UMBRIA PHOTO FEST’ PORTFOLIO
Elton Gllava, through his work “Bulqizë”, provides a cross section of Albania through the life of a small town in the northeast of the country, known as the mining town.
Elton Gllava was born in Albania and lives in Rome. Since his moving to Italy in 1991, he has done several activities. In 2007 he decided to deal with photography and he graduated from Scuola Romana di Fotografia. His work focuses on social issues, paying a close attention to personal aspects.
JURY SPECIAL MENTION AT UMBRIA PHOTO FEST’ PORTFOLIO 2016
Raffaele Petralla, through his work “Mari people, a pagan beauty”, explores the world of the Mari, the last surviving Pagans in the West, hailing from Finland. They live in the Republic of Mari-El in Russia, in a symbiotic relationship with nature, celebrated as the source of their existence.
Raffaele Petralla is a documentary photographer and video-maker, based in Rome. He studied at the Roman School of Photography. He represents the Prospekt Agency and he is a member of Ulixes Picture. His work specially deals with social, environmental and anthropological issues.