Into The Scrum

PhotographerGiovanni Capriotti
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The scrum is the most recognizable aspect of rugby. It is a display of a team’s strength and unity. According to the rules of the game, the scrum is a means of restarting play after a minor infringement. It involves up to eight players from each team, known as the pack or forward pack, binding together in three rows and interlocking with the opposing team’s forwards. Similar to the scrum are the ruck and the maul, that can involve even players not necessarily part of the designated pack. Muddy York Rugby Football Club is Toronto’s only inclusive side. The team primarily competes against ‘straight’ sides in the Toronto Rugby Union and is affiliated with the International Gay Rugby Board. For a club almost entirely formed by gay players, the scrum represents the epitome of masculinity as well as the deconstruction of it.

About Photographer

Giovanni Capriotti was born and raised in Rome. After finishing high school he moved to Amsterdam and London attracted by the vibrant and creative 90s. Passion for photography has always been part of his life, although at the beginning he could not afford to buy a decent camera and instead was experimenting with polaroids and vintage models, such as the old Yashica that his granny found at the pension where she used to work. After a few months in the UK he enrolled in a photography BFA at London Communication College, which helped him to organize everything he had learned as a self taught photographer. Newly graduated, the mandatory national service called him back to his native Italy. After one year spent serving his country and two more on the road in Europe, he got a job with a major airline, which drastically increased his chances to travel worldwide. He eventually fell in love with documentary photography and over a decade of voyaging he was able to cover different global issues while being part of the Italian collective DD Project. Currently Giovanni, also a graduate of the Loyalist College Photojournalism Program (Dean's List), lives in Montreal with his wife and daughter. His independent work covers multiple issues across North America and the world, focusing on unique and intimate stories that often go unnoticed. Giovanni's photo essays have been featured in solo and collective exhibitions in Italy and the UK, as well as magazines and catalogs. He has shot for NGOs such as Ontario HIV Treatment Network and the Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network. His photographs appears regularly in The Montreal Gazette and Postmedia Network newspapers such as The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen, The Vancouver Sun, The Edmonton Journal and The Province, while his clients list includes: The UNHCR, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, MacLean's Magazine, The Canadian Press, Sun Media/QMI Agency, The Manitoulin Expositor, The Manitoulin Recorder, Metro Rome, plus several worldwide print and online publications.