Ornella Mazzola was born in Sicily, near Palermo, in 1984.
She studied at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome "Cinema-documentary" and "History of Art".
The subject of her thesis was "Visual Anthropology": an experimental thesis carried forward together with the documentarist and anthropologist Vittorio De Seta.
She worked in the field of museum exhibits as multimedia image researcher and copywriter.
A scholarship at the "Roman School of Photography" gave her the input to continue to deepen, as
self-taught, the passion for photography. In this way she started to explore the world of photography,
naturally, from the visual research to the socio-anthropological aspect inherent in it.
She carries out different kinds of projects: personal research, social photography, reportage, intimate
She came in contact with different social stories, also interacting with no-profit realities like "Shoot4Change" in Rome, the "Parada" NGO in Bucharest, the "Center for the disabled St. Camillus of Tbilisi" in Caucaso (Georgia), "Grande Cocomero" in Rome.
She attended a workshop with photojournalist Riccardo Venturi (WorldPressPhoto), from which she started a project about love in older ages (partly exposed in the OFF Circuit of "Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia", 2015). A photograph of this project was selected by the WPO inside the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 and was selected in the category Open Competition "Commended images 2015" from the Sony World Photography Awards.
She took part in the OFF Circuit of "Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia" for three consecutive years
with several works, among which "Palermo inside", and in other collective and personal exhibitions.
Part of the long-term project "Females" about women in her family has been exhibited in "FotoLeggendo 2016" in a collective exhibition for "Officine fotografiche Roma".
In 2017 she was one of the winners of "Slideluck Napoli 2017".
In 2018 she was selected by "Officine Fotografiche" for "Female in March", a collective exhibition.
In 2018 the her solo exhibition in Palermo with "Females" inside the Cripta Chiesa Santa Maria del Piliere, for the circuit "Palermo Capital of Culture 2018".
In 2018 she was a part of "18 Explorations", a collective exhibition curated by Benedetta Donato in Palermo, with the young representatives of Sicilian photography (for "Palermo Capital of Culture 2018").
She is finalist of "Lens Culture Portrait Award 2019"
Ornella Mazzola pursues several personal projects, exploring various aspects of photography, preferring a more intimate and human look.