/ 2020 / Press / Nature/Environmental

The Present Future

  • Prize
    Bronze in Press/Nature/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Mauro Santoro

Reggio di Calabria is my home town, the largest city and the most populated aerea of Calabria (Italy).

In 2014, in attempt to comply with Italian laws on waste disposal, a door to door differentiated waste collection was introduced. Since then the 50% of the population, 100,000 people, doesn't pay taxes on garbage and throw their waste around the city every day.


This triptychs project shows some of the landfills and details I've found during my investigation, along with portraits of the children of some of my friends, who still live in Reggio Calabria.


This is the present of their future.

Mauro Santoro is an Italian photographer and filmmaker.
After graduating in film and theater criticism he began working as a freelance filmmaker, making commercials, corporate, music and wedding videos.
In 2009 he attended a master class in Cinema and Social Commitment with the director Paolo Benvenuti.
In 2015 he started taking photography seriously, after an unexpected love affair with it.

Awards Top 5 Selection - Tokyo International Foto Awards TIFA 2020
Gold Award - Tokyo International Foto Awards TIFA 2020 - cat. Editorial/Environmental
Gold Award - Tokyo International Foto Awards TIFA 2020 - cat. Editorial/Photo Essay
Silver Award - Tokyo International Foto Awards TIFA 2020 - cat. Science/Environment
Honorable Mention - International Photography Awards IPA 2020 - cat. Editorial/Environmental
Bronze Award - Prix de la Photographie Paris Px3 2020 - cat. Press/Nature/Environmental
2nd Place Winner - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2020 - cat. Science
Gold Award - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2020 - cat. Science/Environment
Gold Award - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2020 - cat. Portfolio/Personal
Gold Award - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2020 - cat. People/Children
Silver Award - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2020 - cat. People/Portrait
Silver Award - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2020 - cat. Editorial/Environmental
Silver Award - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2020 - cat. People/Wedding
Bronze Award - Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA 2017 - cat. Portfolio Wedding
Honorable Mention - International Photography Awards IPA 2017 - cat. People
Honorable Mention - Prix de la Photographie Paris Px3 2017 - cat. Fine Art Portrait
Giuseppe e Alma Palmas Award - Cliciak Scatti di Cinema 2014 - best Italian new unit still photographer