Close to me

PhotographerMarina Spironetti
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

A close-up of an elephant in the Nazinga Ranch, an area under protection in southern Burkina Faso. The ranch, which has a surface of 94,000 hectares, is home to more than 20,000 animals, including 800 freely roaming elephants.

About Photographer

After earning a university degree in Languages and Literature, Milan-born Marina Spironetti trained as a journalist in Italy. She studied photojournalism at the London College of Communication. She launched her photographic career in 2004. Originally working as a UK correspondent for the Italian picture agency Eidon Press, she now freelances for a variety of magazines/newspapers. Marina has travelled extensively worldwide. She lived in London, Paris and Buenos Aires. She has recently spent several months in Burkina Faso, covering the revolution in 2014 and the terrorist attacks in 2016. On those occasions, her work has appeared in Italian and international media, including CNN and RAI news. She is currently Milan-based.