Simona Ghizzoni was born in Reggio Emilia in 1977.
She began her career studying Music and Arts, an influence that continues to be present in her work. Since 2005 she has been working on documentary projects that mainly concern the condition of women; at the same time she conducts a research that explores the relationship between man and nature through self-portraiture titled Rayuela.
Among his best known works, "Odd Days", a long-term project on eating disorders and the long and difficult path to recovery; the series was awarded at World Press Photo 2008 and at PhotoEspaña Ojodepez Award for Human Values 2009.
Since 2010 she has produced several chapters of "Afterdark", a survey on the consequences of conflicts on women's lives in the Mediterranean area: Jordan, West Bank, Gaza Strip and Western Sahara.
In 2013 she directed her first 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).
Since 2015 she has been working on UNCUT, about female genital mutilation in Africa and Europe, produced by the European Journalism Grants and ActionAid.
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 co-founder of MAPS / www.mapsimages.com and ZONA / www.zona.org
SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS
2007 Ist prize FNAC photo contest Italy
2008 3rd prize portrait single WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2008
2009 2ndprize Magazine Feature Pictures Story at POYI
2009 1st prize Photo Espana Ojodepez Award for Human Values 2009.
2009 Finalist at Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant
2010 Selected photographer for the European project SETSE ( Seeing Europe Through a stranger’s eye) – Les Rencontres d’Arles
2011 Winner The Aftermath Project Saharawi Grant
2012 3rd prize Contemporary Issues single WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2012
2012 2nd prize atBurn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant
2013 European Photo Exhibition Award (EPEA 2014)
2014 Aan Korb: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival (finalist), London
2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival, Juror's Special Award , New York
2014 Festival du Cinema Italien, Prix Spèciale Documentaire. Annecy.
2015 Journalism Grant / Uncut Project
2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, (finalist).
2016 SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD, 3rd prize Contemporary Issues.
2016 DWA Doc/it Women Award ( Venice), finalist.
2016 Visioni dal Mondo ( Milan) honorable mention.
2017 Ted X Speaker ( Ted X Lake Como), Italy.
2008 PARIS PHOTO (series “In Between”), Paris.
2009 PARIS PHOTO(series “A Minor Place”), Paris.
2010 PARIS PHOTO(series “Aftermath”), Paris
2010 PHOTOESPANA (series “Odd Days”), Madrid.
2011 FESTIVAL DELLA FOTOGRAFIA ETICA (series “Odd Days”), Milan.
2013 REPORTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (series “Afterdark”), Sidney.
2013 AUDITORIUM ROME (series: “Tutto mi parla di te”) Rome.
2014 NOBEL PEACE CENTRE (series: “While you were sleeping”), Oslo.
2014 PHOTOMED FESTIVAL (series: “Tutto mi parla di te”) Sanary sur Mer.
2014 PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI (series: “While you were sleeping”), Lucca.
2014 Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (series: “While you were sleeping”), Paris.
2015 Athens Photo Festival (series: “Rayuela”), Greece.
2016 Cortona On The Move ( series: "Uncut" ), Italy.
2017 Festival Photo Reporteur St. Brieuc ( series: " Unrest" ), France.
2018 Perugia Social Photo Fest ( serie: “Odd Days”), Italy.