ASPA – Alghero Street Photography Awards

ASPA - Alghero Street Photography Awards

Opening: November 1, 2018
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Entry fee: from €5 to €40
Prizes: €500, €1,000, trophy, exhibition, publication on the online gallery, on social media pages and partner websites

Promoted and organized by the cultural association Officina di Idee, ASPA taps into Street Photography and goes back to the street, living it not only as a photographic exercise, but also as a mental attitude, as paths that interlace, lives that meet, experiences that tell themselves.

ASPAwards is divided in three main categories: Travel Photography, Documentary, and Street Photography. Two extra categories – Personal Project and Research and Insula/Insulae (special theme to be developed entirely on Sardinian territory) – are added to the main ones.

The “ASPAwards” contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers, open to everyone globally.


  • Travel Photography
    This photography contest category celebrates cultures and diversity in the world surrounding us. We are looking for works that encompass the culture of a place, its people, its customs and traditions, but also images that reveal the essence of a place
  • Documentary Photography
    It includes everything that documents current affairs or topics of common interest, such as environment, people, news and all that can shed light on issues that are interesting to the community
  • Street Photography
    Although nowadays it is impossible to confine “Street Photography” to a rigid definition without nuances, it can still be identified as the observation and the shots of spontaneous moments of daily life, with no influence from the photographer. The luck of being in the right place at the right moment, the reaction time, the stroke of genius, the composition, a detail, a peculiar expression, lights and shades, the contrast of colors, the perspective, a subject or an object put in a singular context, a gesture, intuition, absurdity and the unusual, everything contributes to the emergence of compelling street photographs
  • Personal Research
    In a time dominated by images, often with a narcissistic element to it, it is paramount for a photographer to find a language that can distinguish his work. Through the category “Project and personal research” we are looking for authors who are able to interpret their own vision of photography, with a personal and authorial style. Feel free to interpret the theme in whichever way you like and it can include any genre with no limitations whatsoever
  • Special theme titled “Insula Insulae”
    This theme – feel free to interpret the theme in whichever way you like – can be carried out by every participant, no matter their nationality. Only condition is, it can be developed exclusively on Sardinian territory


ASPA 2018 Winners

Documentary — Winner (Series)

Piatsaw – A diary on the resistance of the native people of Ecuadorian Amazon
© Nicola “okin” Frioli / Mexico (México)

The project tells about the different ways of Resistance of the indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon who are threatened by the ongoing concessions for foreign companies for extraction activities. The extractive activities would not only destroy the jungle, they would also deprive the natives of their lands as well as their identities and traditions. The Shuar and Achuar territories are rich in copper and gold; more in the north, in the province of Pastaza y Orellana where Sáparas and Kichwas live, the threat comes from the extraction of oil. The concept of territorial identity and control of the lands, the conservation of the ethnic identity and its traditions, the War of 95 that divided them between Ecuadorians and Peruvians, the victory of the Sarayaku against the government, the attack on Nankinz and the following eviction of Tsumtsuim, are the central themes that compose this diary on the resistance of what is left of the Amazon peoples in Ecuador.*Piatsaw: the first man in the Sápara mythologie who prophesied the end of his people’s culture.


Project and Personal Research — Winner (Series)

Santabarbara © Simone D’angelo

1912. After the conquest of Lybia, Italian government was in the need of an explosive factory away from the borders with France and Austria. Two Italian entrepreneurs – Leopoldo Parodi Delfino and Giovanni Bombrini – chose an abandoned sugar factory in Sacco Valley, an area south of Rome, as the perfect place to convert in an explosive factory. With the arrival of many skilled workers from the northern part of Italy, the area turned into a new and actual “factory town”, then called Colleferro in 1935. During the Second World War, Allied bombing hit the town. Therefore 1500 people moved permanently in the shelters under Colleferro: 6 kilometers of tunnels where people recreated a real community, with an underground chapel and a delivery room too. Today arms factories in the Valley are still operating and they naturally evolved in the aerospace research, with the current leadership of Avio Spazio company. “Santabarbara” – from the patron Saint name of Colleferro and the name typically given to ammunition dumps – is a research that combines archival materials with a personal and subjective vision, in order to mark and cross the boundaries of an Italian arms industry story.


Special Theme — Winner (Series)

Il profumo puro della sera © Giuseppe Onida

Sardegna: le feste, le genti, i fatti di tutti i giorni.


Travel — Winner (Series)

Kid Jockeys © Alain Schroeder

Indonesia. Once a game between neighbors to celebrate a good harvest, horse racing was transformed into a spectator sport by the Dutch in the 20th century to entertain officials and nobility. The unique features of Sumbawa racing are the notoriously small horses and fearless child jockeys, aged 5-10, who mount bareback, barefoot and with little protective gear racing at speeds of up to 80 kms per hour. Their only protection is the « Sandro », a spiritual healer who protects young jockeys by performing elaborate rituals and guiding them in training. Maen Jaran (the Indonesian name of the game) takes place during important festivals and holidays throughout the year at racetracks across the island and remains a favorite pastime for Sumbawans. Rules have evolved, horses are now classified by age and height, yet kid jockeys continue to risk their lives for 3,50 to 7 euros per mount often racing 5 to 6 times a day for a week, pushed by parents and relatives given the potential earnings that far outweigh the poor returns on crops often plagued by drought.


Street Photography — Winner (Series)

Lost in Shinjuku © Tadashi Onishi

“Salaryman” pass by Shinjuku station as transition station with anxious feeling in the commuting morning. This is the record of Tokyo life.


Travel — Winner (Single)

A pesca? © Gabriele Pedemonte

A pesca? © Gabriele Pedemonte, Travel — Winner (Single), ASPA - Alghero Street Photography Awards


Documentary — Winner (Single)

Untitled © Hugo Aymar

Untitled © Hugo Aymar, Documentary — Winner (Single), ASPA - Alghero Street Photography Awards


Street Photography — Winner (Single)

When All Around Are Losing Theirs II, 2017 © David Barrett

When All Around Are Losing Theirs II, 2017 © David Barrett, Street Photography — Winner (Single), ASPA - Alghero Street Photography Awards


Street Portrait — Winner (Single)

Tired © Giovanna Porcu

Tired © Giovanna Porcu, Street Portrait — Winner (Single), ASPA - Alghero Street Photography Awards


Youth Prize

Rette Incidenti © Sofia Alberghini / Italy (Italia)


Youth Prize

Eye © Mahrad Feyzbaxsh/ Iran (‫ایران‎)

© Mahrad Feyzbaxsh/ Iran (‫ایران‬‎), Youth Prize Eye, ASPA - Alghero Street Photography Awards


Organizing Committee Prize

Yo no di a Luz © Nadia Shira Cohen


Organizing Committee Prize

La Mamma: From rural Mafia to a multinational of crime. This is a Journey through places and symbols of the ‘Ndrangheta © Salvatore Federico


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