Jema International Photo Award

The Colour

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• Description of the contest and how to participate:

The participation to the photographic competition is open to all photographers, both professionals and amateurs, without any distiction. It is possible to send only one photographic work within and not later than the 31st of July 2023 to the official email address: To this email it is mandatory to attach the picture and the participation form filled in any details. The form can be downloaded from or

The participants can submit a free subject work (portrait, landscapes, abstract images, etc.), as long as the concept of the contest is represented: The Colour.

Technical specifications:
1) file.jpg – max 3MB (in case the photo is selected, we will require a high resolution image – 300 dpi); 2) the attached file must be retitled as follow: surname, name, work title (for example: White_James_Thepatienceofwaiting.jpg); 3) The submitted photographic work must be accompanied by a brief introduction text (min 5 lines, max 15 lines).

The five awarded photos (1° prize Premio Jèma, the winner of Social Media Popular Jury Award and the three photos selected for the Special Editorial Mention) will take part to the exhibition held in September at Palazzo Erbisti in Verona, location of the Academy of Agricolture, Science and Humanities of Verona.
For further details, we invite you to check the full notice of competition available on this page.

• Concept The Colour

In the tension between light and its absence are displayed all the expressions of colour as a physical phenomenon, a physical characteristic of reality. Colour does not limit itself only to the empiric aspect; It is indeed charged with symbolism, emotions, psycological references, unconscious associations, ideolgical values and even political contents. In the symbolic systems built by societies throughout history colour has always communicated through its evocative power, becoming a proper visual and cultural code: for instance in western civilization black is linked to mourning and grief, while white is tied with the concept of purity and innocence or red is used in road sign to express prohibition, warning and even danger.

In Painting the experience of colour, besides representing the way it expresses itself and actualise into various shapes on different painting media, has acquired a highly symbolic value, being encoded in actual and well identified cultural archetypes with shared meaning: for instance, in the traditional iconography and in the contemporary artistic research, blue is related to spirituality and trascendence, whereas purple red is identified as a symbol of royalty, also for the preciousness of the raw materials from which they were sourced.

Photography inherits from painting this symbolic value of colour and use it as a tool of story-telling. Through a synestetic process, therefore colour becomes expression of psychic contents, occasionally even ideological and it represents a means to feed emotional effects in the observer or it contributes to build spatial relationships between different elements of the photographic composition.

In wine colour is a key aspect of its organoleptic examination and it represents an important marker of its youthness, maturity, intensity and freshness. Anticipating the sensations conveyed through tasting, colour becomes a tool of sensory analysis and in some respects it is a forerunner of aroma and taste in the interpretation of wine.

• The Jury

Claudio Marra
1. Claudio Marra (President of jury)
Claudio Marra, professor of History of Photography at the University of Bologna, is the author of various essays that represent a reference point in the sector: from Le idee della fotografia, 2001, to Nelle ombre di un sogno, 2004, from L’immagine infedele, 2006, to Fotografia e pittura nel Novecento (e oltre), 2012, from Fotografia e arti visive, 2014 to Che cos’è la fotografia, 2017.
In these books, he has addressed both historical issues and theoretical aspects related to the identity of the medium and the problems raised by the transition from the analogue system to the digital one, analyzing the relationships between Photography and Visual Arts or those linked to peculiar sectors such as fashion.
Francesco Aliberti
2. Francesco Aliberti
Francesco Aliberti, Ms. in Italian Studies at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna with Ezio Raimondi, have founded the publishing house Aliberti editore which has been regarded to as one of the most characteristic publishing houses of more recent Italian history during Turin’s Book Fair 2011 in the occasion of an exposition organized by Gian Arturo Ferrari to mark the 150th anniversary of the book, along with other fifteen publishers such as Baldini Castoldi, Dalai, Chiarelettere, E/O, Minimum Fax, Newton Compton, Nottetempo, Piemme.

Since 2009, he is a business partner of the newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, guided by Marco Travaglio, and in 2011, he founded with Vauro, Vincino and Cinzia Monteverdi the same publishing society in order to reintroduce the satirical magazine Il Male. In 2013, he founded the new publishing house Wingsbert House, which combines the passion for books and wines, proposing a package that holds both a book and a bottle of Italian red Lambrusco, produced by the family business. In 2015, he established Compagnia editoriale Aliberti, the new publishing brand.

His real passion is balsamic vinegar. Since 2008 he holds the property of a truly traditional “acetaia”, that produces a special balsamic vinegar named “Lunatico”.
Angelo Falmi
3. Angelo Falmi
Angelo Antonio Falmi is an artist and Professor at Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.
He attended Art school in Piacenza and complete it in Parma, and at the same time Music Conservatory. He enrolled then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. Several educational experiences and a very wide list of solo exhibitions, from Bologna To Parma and Piacenza, in Darmstadt, in Chiapas, in Teheran and Santiago del Cile and various participations in group exhibitions in Italy and Europe.
Aldo Fiorillo
4. Aldo Fiorillo
Aldo Fiorillo was born in Cava de’ Tirreni. He began to shoot with the camera at the end of the eighties and from that time on he has never given up. His works are mainly black and white, both in analogic and digital form. In the moments of street life, caught by his pictures, Fiorillo achieves the best expression of his creativity.
A solo exhibition titled “100 shoots for Saint Valentine’s” is held in Naples; he takes part to a collective exhibition called “Lookout points” at the FRAC Museum in Baronissi, near Salerno, curated by Massimo Bignardi, to a publishing project “LUX living light” curated by Maddalena Castegnaro. He works as official photographer for VOR MakeUp at Milan Fashion Week and for “The look of the year” event in Taormina. He competed twice in our Jèma Photo Award, and ranked second in the 2nd edition and first in the 4th edition in the section Open. He currently collaborates as a photoreporter with the online newspaper UlisseOnLine.
Federica Formiga
5. Federica Formiga
Federica Formiga graduated in Literature at the University of Verona and in Cultural Heritage Preservation at the University in Udine, where she earned a PhD. In Bibliographic Sciences. She teaches History of Book and contemporary publishing at the University in Verona, where she is director of the Master in Publishing. She is scholar and researcher about printed book as an object and all the processes related to its making, distribution and promotion. Her essays about the history of tipography, Printing Art History and publishing supply chain are published on several national and international magazines and periodicals. She takes part to national research projects regarding book and collaborates with Messaggerie libri and Italian Publishers Association.
Luca Mantovani
6. Luca Mantovani
Luca Mantovani is editor-in-chief for L’Arena newspaper with direct management of cultural programs, entertainment and events organised by Athesis Publishing Group. After his studies in Law at Bologna University, he began to work as a journalist in the early nineties, collaborating with Il Nuovo Veronese and Telenuovo. In 1994 he started to work for L’Arena Newspaper, first at the Internal Foreign editorial office, then at the Sport editorial board, where he worked as a reporter following Hellas Verona and Chievo football team in the Serie A League Championiship, with news coverage published on the newspaper L’Arena and news reports broadcasted on Tele Arena and Radio Verona. Senior editor of Sport and Entertainment since 2016, in 2019 was appointed editor-in-chief with supervision on chronicle, province news and entertainment.
Mario Menozzi
7. Mario Menozzi
Mario Menozzi was born in Brescia and, after his studies in Agriculture, he begins his career in the wine business working for the company Salvalai, where he holds various roles including that of Export Manager. In 1997 he joined Cesari, where he likewise deals with International markets and in 2017 he was appointed Commercial Director. He has travelled widely both for pleasure and business and he has got to know much of the world. To a deep knowledge of wine, he combines a strong interest in History and a natural inclination for Art in all its forms.