Ornella Mazzola is a photographer based in Palermo, Sicily. She studied at the University La Sapienza of Rome Cinema-documentary, "Visual Anthropology". She started to explore the world of photography, naturally, from the visual research to socio-anthropological aspect inherent in it. She carries out different kinds of projects: personal research, social photography, intimate stories. Her stories are often focused on Southern Italy and the female universe. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, project and publications. Among the various experiences: she is among the winners of OpenWalls 2021 by The British Journal of Photography and she is part of the exhibition during Les Rencontres d'Arles (2021); she is winner of Slideluck 2017. Finalist: Portrait of humanity 2023 by British Journal of Photography (Book Vol.5), LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019, Marco Pesaresi 2020, Documentary family Award 2021. In 2020 she is winner of the competition promoted for the anthological exhibition of photojournalist Letizia Battaglia in Milan (Palazzo Reale).