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Naval battle

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/General News
  • Photographer
    Alessio Paduano
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On November 6, 2017 a deadly shipwreck led the German NGO Sea-Watch and Libyan coast guard to blame one another for a botched rescue into Mediterranean Sea. Germans said their ship was helping migrants on the sinking inflatable boat in international waters off Libya on Monday morning when a Libyan coast guard boat began to simultaneously take migrants onboard causing panic by beating and threatening the passengers, before driving off at high speed with people clinging to the side. Libyans blamed Sea-Watch for the deaths—five, including a child—and said they interrupted the coast guard's rescue work despite their appeals. Fifty-eight migrants were rescued by Sea-Watch.

Born and currently based in Naples, Italy. I studied at the “Université Paris VII – Denis Diderot” in Paris thanks to a one-year scholarship. In 2007 I started working as a contributor and a photographer for several Italian newspapers. In 2009 I graduated in Sociology at the “Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II”. In 2010 I started the MA in photojournalism at the “Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli”, where I got my degree with honors. I regularly publish in the National and International magazines, including Internazionale, la Repubblica, Time, Stern, Newsweek, etc.

Awards 2019

POY Picture of the Year – Impact 2018-Immigration Status – 1st place


Krzysztofa Millera Prize – Finalist

The Alfred Fried Photography Award – Shortlisted

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris – Silver winner

Tokyo International Foto Awards – 1st place – General News category


TIME’s Top 100 Photos of the Year

IPOTY International Photographer of the Year – 2nd place – Architecture


ND Photography Awards – Editorial – 1st – Gold Star Award

Siena International Photo Awards – Finalist

No-fee slide show contest – Finalist


InTarget Photolux Award – Winner

MIFA-Moscow International Foto Awards – 1st prize – General News category