The Messenger of the Gods

PhotographerMarina Spironetti
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

A deer in the water of a small canal in Nara Park, a large park in the city of Nara, Japan. The area is home to nearly 1,200 freely roaming deers. According to Shinto principles, deers are believed to be messengers of the gods. They have become the symbol of the city of Nara and are widely regarded as a national treasure.

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.