Giulia Frigieri
ITALY
Giulia Frigieri is a young photojournalist and documentarian, she’s geographically Italian and spiritually nomad. Moving away from home at the age of 19, Giulia moved to London where she lived for over seven years, graduating in Anthropology and Media at Goldsmiths University. Since then, a lot happened and everything changed. Her passion for portraits and storytelling blossomed alongside her anthropological studies and after a nomadic two years on a house boat on the canals of London and a bunch of internships in the British creative industry, Giulia took off to several global adventures that took her to live in Morocco for some time and to study storytelling and photojournalism at the acclaimed Danish school of Media and Journalism, in Aarhus, Denmark. Giulia is currently working on her first long term project “SURFING IRAN” which documents the newborn Iranian local surfing scene and features the first Iranian woman who ever surfed in Iran. Surfing Iran has been bought by the Italian magazine ‘D la Repubblica’ and will be published soon.
Surfing Iran
Ramin is a small village in the extreme south of Iran, located a few miles away from the city of Chabahar. The region of Baluchistan is the most remote and impoverished area of Iran and also the only place with potential to surf. Pioneering a revolution for the future Iranian generation, Shahla Yasini is the first Iranian woman who ever surfed in Iran. In 2013 the professional Irish Surfer Easkey Britton extended Shahla the invitation to be among the first women’s team to surf in Iran. Partnered with another Iranian female athlete (Mona Seraji ), she and Easeky managed to find the perfect surfing spot in the beach of Ramin, a stretch of sea near a harbour with waves good enough for surfing throughout the summer. After grabbing the attention of the local community, the athletes started teaching surf to the local boys of the village nearby, pioneering a brand new trend among the youngsters. Since then a whole community of young Iranians have been populating the place, organizing events, calling foreign guest surfers and asking for sponsors to donate equipment and help sustain the ‘Makran Moj’ surfing site. Working towards a better future and new possibilities for the young people of Iran, the new generation is putting together a new powerful tool that is going to forecasts ‘waves of freedom’.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.