Industrial Archaeology | Photo Contest by EXAREA


EXAREA project was founded by the “Feudo Ron Alfrè” Cultural Associaton in the town of Bellizzi in province of Salerno in 2010. The initial idea was to organize a photo contest dedicated to the industrial archaeology. The photography is the main tool for observing the change in our urban areas and brownfield sities over time. It’s also a vehicle of research to examine a sensitive topic such as the conversion of industrial former areas and disuse generally. Open to all Italian and foreign photographers resident in Italy the first two editions of EXAREA saw the participation of 350 photographers from all over Italy who sent more than 1500 photos! Below you can see the winners of 2011 and 2012 contests .

A success from every point of a view. Beginning from 2013, EXAREA becomes an international photo contest open to all EU citizens who have reached the age of majority. The EXAREA theme regard industrial archaeology and brownfield and abandoned sites (not only industrial). This edition will also admitted photographic projects relating to the redevelopment of deformer areas and industrial landscape. The contest is articulated in an unique section BW/COLOR called portfolio: each autor can participate with a photographic project composed of 4 to 8 photos.

The deadline for the submission of project is September, 20 2013.

For further information, please see the web site


Winner 2011

Massimiliano Cilli from Rome


Winner 2012

Tommaso Parrillo from Gioi Cilento (SA)


Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (


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