LuganoPhotoDays, the international photography festival that this year, due to the pandemic, could not be physically held, has assigned the prizes of the three categories called “LuganoAward 2020” worth CHF 750 each, plus what was originally called “Premio Città di Lugano”, now “Lugano Award“, worth CHF 3,000.
The winners are Tamara Eckhardt with The Children of Carrowbrowne (Reportage & Documentary), Alessandro Falco with Inferno verde (Wildlife & Nature) and Stefano Schirato with Awakenings (IBSA Foundation – COVID19).
Stefano Schirato is also the overall winner of the second edition of the LuganoAward 2020 (formerly Premio Città di Lugano).
There are over 500 total entries in the three categories from 45 different countries.
Tamara Eckhardt with The Children of Carrowbrowne triumphed in the Reportage & Documentary section. The jury composed of Elizabeth Krist (National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years), Pascal Maitre (National Geographic photographer) and Marco Pinna (photo editor for National Geographic Italia) awarded Eckhardt’s work documenting the daily life of Galway children in Ireland’s largest traveller community.
Alessandro Falco with Inferno verde won the prize conferred by Javier Aznar (National Geographic photographer and biologist), Magdalena Herrera (director of photography of Geo) e Sergio Pitamitz (National Geographic contributing photographer). Falco recounts the fire crisis in the Amazon Rainforest, an issue rooted in Brazil’s colonial history and linked to the first European invaders.
Finally, Stefano Schirato with Awakenings is the winner of the new competition “IBSA Foundation – COVID-19” designed to tell the story of how people have lived and continue to live through the pandemic period, which sees them both protagonists and victims of a collective unease made of doubts, uncertainties, distances and marked by the fear of physical contact in which all our humanity is revealed and acted upon. The jury, represented by Roberto Burioni (professor of Microbiology and Virology), Andrea Frazzetta (documentary photographer) and Francesca Nava (journalist and documentary filmmaker) chose Schirato’s project, which recounted the awakening of patients after being intubated, when the disease can be defined as defeated. The shots were taken in Italy, more precisely in Abruzzo, but one could be anywhere on the globe affected by SARS-CoV2. This first edition of the competition was created thanks to the support of the IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research.
Stefano Schirato is also the overall winner among the first classified of the three categories and who has been awarded, by the jury formed by the nine jurors of the three sections, the LuganoAward 2020, a recognition born in 2019 as “Premio Città di Lugano” and consisting in the sum of CHF 3000.- in cash, offered by the City of Lugano.