Entry Title: "Life Without Limbs"
Name: Fausto Podavini , Italy
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story|Portrait_P, Professional


Entry Description: It seems that for 50 years the wooded area of Tosa Maidan, among the heights of the enchanted Indian Kashmir, has been cursed. A land rich in pastures, used for centuries by local populations to integrate a local economy based on sheep farming has been changed by the Indian army in the field of ballistic testing of artillery. Thousands of unexploded ordnance scattered over the years have caused dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries , so much so that wandering in Shanglipora is easy to find people with obvious mutilation caused by explosions.

About the Artist:

Born in Rome, lives and works mainly hometown. Graduated as technician, he studied at the Jonh Kaverdash Photography Academy in Milan obtaining a Master in Reportage. He started his photographic career at 18 years old, first as assistance and studio photographer then going in for ethnological and social reportage. In 1992 he collaborated with the MIFAV, Photography Museum of Tor Vergata University, in Rome, where he met several photographers. Left studio photography, he specialized in reportage as freelance photographer working with several Onlus making reportage in Italy, PerĂ¹, Kenya, Ethiopia where currently he is developing some personal photographic projects. He worked for Lapresse Agency. He realized important projects also in Italy for instance few reportages on sport for disabled, on a recovery center for insane people, on Alzheimer. This last work, entitled Mirella, won the 1st prize in the Daily Life of World Press Photo 2013. Over the years he attained many different awards: Sony Awards 2013, Winephoto 2012, PDN in the Photojournalis/Sports/Documentary section in 2012, World Report Awards 2011, FIOF Photographer of the year 2011, Photoaid 2010, National Geographic 2009, including several honorable mentions at contests as Leica, KLM, Marie Claire. He has published on many magazines and has exhibited his works in several cities as Rome, Milan, New York, Paris, London, Kuala Lumpur.