Reggio Emilia, 4th of May 2024

Ms. Marina Chiesa and the director of the Palazzo Magnani Foundation, Mr. Davide Zanichelli, following an introduction by Enrico Prandi, inaugurated the exhibition of the 30 finalist works exhibited at the UNIMORE University, attended by the director of the Foundation for Sport of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Silvia Signorelli, as well as panathletes from the Club of Reggio Emilia and other visitors, including the author of one of the podium photographs. 

A few hours later, a small square in the historic centre of Emilia hosted the awards ceremony of the Off Circuit of FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA. In front of a large audience attracted by the music of a youth band, Maurizio Monego gave a short presentation of Panathlon and the Domenico Chiesa Foundation while images of the exhibition were scrolling on a screen.

The winners were called on stage in this order:

Honourable Mention to GORONDI GABOR (Argentina) - not present - for an untitled photograph, which is a composition with three subjects plunging into the ocean water, placed like an arrowhead heading towards the sun disc hiding behind the horizon.

Honourable Mention to LEONARDO DEMARCO (Rieti, Italy - his father received the parchment) for the photograph FIOCCHI DI FATICA, an image that clearly portrays the effort and determination of young people in participating in a race under heavy snowfall.

PANATHLON CLUB SPECIAL PRIZE to SUDIP MAITI (Kolkata - INDIA), for the photograph FAIR PLAY, a well-constructed image: a child playing with shadows of his companions, the ball and its shadow in the centre of the image. The smile of the child reaching out to catch the ball makes the composition a scene of pure joy, interpreting the nature of playing and thus the nature of sport.  

On the podium of the final winners, while the screen projected their works, the following names have been proclaimed:

3rd SUDIP MAITI (India): the plaques of the third place, the Panathlon Club Award, and the Catalogue of the Exhibition of EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY will be sent to India to the young author, who has been credited with the 750-euros scholarship.

2nd MATTEO STRASSERA (Rome - Italy) for the photograph AQUATIC SPORTS, an image of two surfers, shot from a drone, in a game that exploits the hidden force of a wave they are riding skilfully. "I looked for the shot when I first started using the drone, and I chose this photograph for the geometries constructed by shooting from above," Matteo commented in the brief interview with him. To him the applause of the square and the 1,000 euros scholarship.

1st CHIARA SACCO (Vercelli - Italy) for the photograph SPIRITUAL ELEVATION, in which the nature represented by the tree and the athletic gesture of the dancer harmoniously merge, reminding us how our existences are closely connected to nature. Chiara is a street dance teacher and a passionate photographer. "The dancer is a friend who is a ballet dancer," she revealed, " I superimposed her image on a photograph taken in the park, as I did not have the time to take it live. Chiara received the prize consisting of a plaque and a scholarship of 1,500 euros.





GORONDI GABOR (Argentina)                                                LEONARDO DEMARCO (Rieti, Italia)




 CHIARA SACCO (Vercelli - Italia) 




   SUDIP MAITI (India)




The PHOTO CONTEST 2024 - NATURE LOVES TO HIDE «The nature of sport – Sport in nature » is in its final stages. From the 148 competing photographs - coming from Europe, South America and Asia - the Panathlon jury selected the 30 finalists, who will be the subject of the exhibition which will be set up at the UNIMORE University of Reggio Emilia starting from 26 April. The prizes for the 3 photographs judged best by the Jury made up of members of the Palazzo Magnani Foundation, the Sports Foundation of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and the Panathlon International – Domenico Chiesa Foundation will be awarded on 4 May during the awards ceremony of the OFF Circuit of PHOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA.

The organizers thank all the authors who participated and invite the Panathlon Clubs of the world to vote for the winning shot of the Panathlon Club Special Prize.

Link to view the 30 finalist photographs: photogallery



The Panathlon International Cultural Foundation - "Domenico Chiesa"(hereinafter referred to as the Foundation) of Panathlon International (hereinafter P.I. - 31 Member Countries), in cooperation with the

Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (hereinafter FICTS - 130 Member Countries), promotes and organizes the special Video Competition - with free entries - on the theme "OLYMPIC EMOTIONS."

The purpose of the competition is to promote the quality of images that highlight the values of Sport and Olympism and disseminate the principles, on which the World Panathletic Movement is founded, as universal

ideals of culture through Sport, intended as an educational tool for social change.

FICTS wantsto enhance and promote short films as an original form of expression, to encourage the creativity of those who approach filmmaking, and to offer them the greatest visibility through Sports


Enrolment Form


FICTS Awards Ceremony 

The award ceremony of the Competition "SPORT, MOUNTAIN & OLYMPISM - SNOW & ICE SPORTS" organised by Panathlon International Foundation "Domenico Chiesa" in collaboration with FICTS, the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs was held on Saturday 11th November within the event SPORT MOVIES & TV 2023 - 40TH Milano International FICTS Fest.

The International President Pierre Zappelli and the Secretary of the Foundation PI-D. Chiesa Maurizio Monego, together with IB Member Giorgio Chinellato and past IB Member Renata Soliani, attended the event and proclaimed the winners:

1ST PRIZE (€3,000): LA MIA STORIA SUL GHIACCIO, by Giulia Guerra (Italy) - "Maria Ausiliatrice" School of San Donato Milanese.

2ND PRIZE (2,000 €): VERTIGO by Vidal Bruno (Swiss)

3RD PRIZE (1000€): EGOLAND by Ignasi López Fàbregas (Spain)

Panathlon Clubs Special Prize: VERTIGO by Vidal Bruno (Swiss)

Special Audience Award: UN GOL PER ARRIVARE IN FINALE by Samuele Bove (Italy)

Istituto Suor Maria Mazzarello - Cinisello Balsamo (MI)

Honorary Diploma to: TWINKLING EYES ON THE ICE by Shen Nan and Niu Mengtong (China)

Honorary Diploma to: AFRICA 2022 - MOUNT KILIMANGIARO by Paolo Bianchetti (Italy)

Click here for the video of the award ceremony

Click here for the motivations for the awards


Click here for the photo gallery




International Visual Art Competition

The films taking part in the Competition "SPORT, MOUNTAIN & OLYMPISM - SNOW & ICE SPORTS" organised by the Panathlon International Foundation "Domenico Chiesa" in collaboration with FICTS, the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs, are now online.


The accredited Panathlon Clubs are called to express through their Referents their ranking of the most deserving videos of the prizes, that will be delivered in Milan on November 12th during the award ceremony of the Festival that celebrates its 40th edition.

Award ceremony programme

Panathlon International – Domenico Chiesa Foundation, in agreement with Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS), has extended the registration deadline for the Video Competition “SPORT, MOUNTAIN & OLYMPISM – SNOW & ICE SPORTS”, in the framework of the «41st SPORT MOVIES & TV – Milano International FICTS Fest», “Shorts” section: the new registration deadline is now 10 September 2023.

Participating is easy: you just need to complete the registration form and send your video via WeTransfer to the address specified in the Competition Rules.

Click here for more details.

We look forward to lots of registrations!




Saturday 6 May in Reggio Emilia took place the award ceremony for the winners of the International Photo Contest announced by the "Cultural Foundation Panathlon International - Domenico Chiesa" and by the "Foundation for Sport of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia", with the collaboration of the "Magnani Foundation Palace". After the selection phases, the Jury decreed the following winners among the 30 photographs chosen for the exhibition: 


1st PRIZE: Vittoria SONEGO (ITA)
for "What do you want to be when you grow up".
Plaque and €1500


2nd PRIZE: Sofia Bravi (ITA)
for "Networks without Borders"
Plaque and 1000 €


3rd PRIZE: Lorenzo Boffa (ITA)
for "Run Boy".
Plaque and 750€

The first prize winner was awarded by the Mayor of the city of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi. The "Panathlon Clubs Prize" was awarded to the photograph "Networks without Borders" by Sofia Bravi, winner of the 2nd prize. The "Public's Prize", awarded by social network preferences, goes to the photograph "Urban Flow" by Argentinean Nicolas Bilikis. Both winners will receive a one-year subscription to one of the most internationally renowned photo magazines.

Finally, the Jury awarded two Honourable Mentions for the photograph "Ilalò by Argentinian Patricio De La Cruz and for "El deporte alegria y companerismo" (Sport joy and companionship) by Mexican Manuel Soria Meraz.


On the same afternoon, the Photographic Exhibition of the 30 finalist photographs was also inaugurated at the University of Modena and Reggio (UNIMORE). Attended by the Municipal Councillor for Sport and Culture of Reggio Emilia Raffaella Curioni, the President of the Foundation for Sport of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Mauro Rozzi, the responsible of the OFF circuit of the Foundation Palazzo Magnani Annachiara Rea, the Vice-President of Panathlon International Foundation - Domenico Chiesa, Enrico Prandi - also as President of Panathlon Club Reggio Emilia - and its Secretary, Maurizio Monego, the Secretary General of Panathlon International, Simona Callo and Mrs. Monica Rossi representative of the Secretariat, who assists the D. Chiesa Foundation.

Great satisfaction for the young prizewinners to whom we express our warmest congratulations. With their shots they managed to well interpret the theme of the competition and convey emotions by immortalising dreams, integration and educational values.


At the end of the various stages of selection of the works participating in the competition announced by the "Cultural Foundation Panathlon International - Domenico Chiesa" and by the "Foundation for Sport of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia", with the collaboration of the "Palazzo Magnani Foundation" organiser of the European Photo Festival, the Jury has awarded the absolute prizes.

The podium will be formed - in random order - by Silvia Bravi (Italy) for the photograph "Networks without borders", by Vittoria Sonego (Italy) for the photograph "What do you want to be when you grow up" and by Lorenzo Boffa for "Run boy".

The order of the steps on the podium will be announced during the Awards Ceremony of the European Photo Festival OFF Circuit, which will be held in Casotti Square, Reggio Emilia, on Saturday 6 May starting at 6:30 pm. During the ceremony will be made official the name of the winner of the "Audience Award", resulting from the preferences expressed among all the photographs participating in the competition and the Award “Panathlon Clubs" of the world according to the votes sent by the Referents of the accredited clubs. The authors will receive as prize a one-year subscription to a prestigious photography magazine.

Two Honourable Mentions will also be awarded.



Great participation in the International Photo Contest "Identity and Sport 2023"!

By the deadline date (25 March) we received 100 photos that will be voted by the International Jury to identify the three final winners and to designate the 30 works that will constitute the exhibition that will take place in Reggio Emilia (Italy), in the premises of UNIMORE University, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, from 6 May 2023Starting yesterday, the public will be able to vote for their favourite photo by giving their 'like' on Facebook until 23 April.

The photo with the highest number of preferences will win the "Audience Award" consisting in a subscription to an international photography magazine.
A similar prize will be awarded also by the Panathlon Clubs that, through their referents, will decree the winner of the "Panathlon Club Prize".

We invite you to click this link to vote.

Panathlon International

Fondazione D.Chiesa