Ornella Mazzola was born in Sicily, near Palermo, in 1984.
She studied at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome "Cinema-documentary", "anthropology" and "History of Art".
The subject of her graduation was "Visual Anthropology" with a thesis developed with the documentarist and anthropologist Vittorio De Seta. She started to explore the world of photography, naturally, from the visual research to socio-anthropological aspect inherent in it. She carries out different kinds of projects: personal research, social photography, reportage, intimate stories. Her stories are often focused on Southern Italy and the female universe. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, project and publications.
In 2019 she is a finalist of Lens Culture Portrait Award, in 2021 she is finalist of Documentary family awards. She is among the winners of Slideluck Napoli 2017. She is part of editorial and exhibition project "Palermo bellissima" curated by photojournalist Letizia Battaglia for the Centro Internazionale di fotografia di Palermo. She is finalist of Documentary family awards 2021.
In 2020 she is winner of the competition promoted for the anthological exhibition of photojournalist Letizia Battaglia in Milan (Palazzo Reale).
She is among the winners of OpenWalls 2021 promoted by The British Journal of photography and she is part of the exhibition during the Les Rencontres d'Arles 2021