From today until June 30, registration is open for the second edition of the Driving Energy Terna 2023 Award, a free competition open to all photographers in Italy, aimed at promoting the country’s cultural development and new talents in the sector.
This year, the Award proposes the theme “In Praise of Balance”, to interpret the endless dynamic search for stability as a creative representation of the role of Terna, manager of the national electricity grid.
From today until June 30, photographers are invited to interpret one of the key concepts of our culture that, due to its wealth of meanings and meanings, can provide the most diverse artistic and creative food for thought. Balance is also a cornerstone of Terna’s mission which, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, guarantees, through its dispatching activities, the balance between energy produced and consumed, allowing the electricity system to function in the best possible way to enable the energy transition and transmit all the energy the country needs.
An important innovation in the Governance of the Prize is the Honour Committee, which will assign one of the five prizes and is composed of the winners of the Driving Energy 2022 Prize: Paolo Ventura (Senior Prize with the work titled ‘I Ginestra’), Gaia Renis (Youth Prize with the photographic work ‘Stereocaulon vesuvianum’), Mohamed Keita (Special Mention to the work ‘Camminare e camminare…’ inspired by the theme ‘Contemporary Normality’), Eva Frapiccini (Special Mention to the photographic work ‘La porta di luce alias hommage to D. M.’ inspired by the theme ‘Circularity. Corsi e ricorsi’), and Andrea Botto (Special Mention to the work ‘Onda d’urto’, awarded by the people of Terna).
The second edition includes the Senior Prize, worth €15,000, open to participants aged 31 and over, the Young Prize, worth €5,000, dedicated to photographers up to the age of 30, and the Mention for Terna’s most voted work, worth €2,000, open to all categories.
These prizes are joined by two new opportunities, with the aim of making the competition’s cultural and social project even more inclusive. The first is the Amateur Prize, worth 5,000 euros, open to those who do not fall into the ‘authors’ (photographers who carry out research recognised by publications and exhibitions) and ‘professionals’ (photographers who exercise their profession in a wide range of fields, e.g. directors of photography and videomakers working in the advertising, fashion, show business, etc.) categories. The second is the Academy Mention, worth 2,000 euros, open to students enrolled in higher education institutions in the fields relevant to the Prize (e.g. photography, contemporary art, fine arts, etc.).
The finalist photographic works will be displayed in an exhibition open to the public free of charge at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, which will be inaugurated with the announcement of the five winners. They will also be published in the fourth edition of the photographic volume Driving Energy, which will serve as the Award’s official catalogue.
The complete regulations, the entry procedure and all information on the project can be consulted online at:
Curator: Marco Delogu, President of Azienda Speciale Palaexpo | Jury: Lorenza Bravetta, consultant in the field of photography, as President; Massimiliano Paolucci, Director of External Relations, Institutional Affairs and Sustainability at Terna; Maria Alicata, lecturer and curator; Diane Dufour, publisher and curator; Andrea Purgatori, journalist and TV author; and Francesco Zanot, curator, essayist and lecturer. As in the previous edition, the jurors are assisted not only by the curator, but also by the President’s Committee, composed of Valentina Bosetti and Stefano Donnarumma, Terna’s Chairman and CEO respectively.