In order to fulfill the basic functions of our service, the user hereby agrees to allow Xiaomi to collect, process and use personal information which shall include but not be limited to written threads, pictures, comments, replies in the Mi Community, and relevant data types listed in Xiaomi's Private Policy. By selecting "Agree", you agree to Xiaomi's Private Policy and Content Policy .


ShotByMi Awards 2021

[Contest] ShotByMi Awards 2021 - Interview to Mattia Passarini: Juror of the ShotByMi Awards 2021

2021-05-13 12:35:07
11076 63
Hi Mi Fans,

The ShotByMi Awards 2021 is waiting for your submissions! Click the link below to join the contest!
This week, we interviewed one of the members of the Juror’s Panel. Mattia Passarini focuses on ethnographic portraiture of diverse cultures that inhabit the remote corners of the world. In his career, he has received numerous awards, including some from National Geographic and the Internationa Photography Awards.

Mattia Passarini

So, here are some interesting questions we asked him, see what he has answered!

Question: How did your passion for photography started? How did you move your first steps into this career?

Answer: It all started when I moved to China in 2006. I learned about the many different ethnic groups existing so I started researching and traveling to remote areas to meet them and photography has been since the beginning the way for me to record them.

Question: Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

Answer: I am never completely satisfied with my photos: there is always something that could have been improved. If I had to choose, I would say one of the photos I took in West Papua to the Yali tribe. Not for the photo itself, but for the whole experience I had during that trip, something amazing I will never forget.

Question: Which photographers influenced you the most and how?

Answer: I like to look at photo books from different photographers and understand their way of using photography. I think that many photographers have influenced me in all these years, but probably the one I admire the most is Steve McCurry.

Question: What made you choose Portrait Photography?

I think people carry authentic traits, expressions, and postures that reflect the past and the life experiences they went through.

A portrait can reveal people’s emotions, their lives, and their living landscape. A face can really tell so much about a person, and this is probably what most attracts me about portrait photography.

Question: When you go on one of your travels, what gear do you take with you?

Answer: I travel very light, just one camera with one lens and of course my smartphone. No extra devices or accessories. This allows me to worry less about the gear and to observe and focus better on the picture I want to take.

Question: After so many years of experience, what is the advice you wish you got from the beginning?

Find a topic that interests you, and develop your own way to talk about it through photography. There are not good or bad photos, there are just many different ways to tell a story.

Question: What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer for you?

Answer: I love traveling to remote places and photography has been since the beginning an essential way for me to be able to get closer to different cultures and been able to understand them better and record part of their life.

Question: As a professional, how do you see mobile photography?

Answer: Nowadays, mobile photography has made huge improvements in terms of the quality of the image and I like to use my smartphone to take pictures during my travel and in my daily life. The smartphone allows you to keep a low profile, especially when in remote places, meeting people that are not used to photography.

They might get nervous seeing big cameras, but with a smartphone, they feel more comfortable. In this way, it is a perfect tool to “break the ice”. Taking the first pictures of them with the smartphone and showing them the result, in many cases has been a very efficient way to start working with some people.

Question: What do you expect to see in the works submitted to the ShotByMi Awards 2021?

Answer: I really like the slogan of this contest. “Your Vision, Your Story” reflects my idea of photography. I am excited to be part of the Jurors’ Panel of this year. I really look forward to seeing what the Mi Fans from different countries and cultures can bring to this year’s edition.

We really enjoyed this correspondence with Mattia Passarini, and we hope you did too. Now, without further ado, let’s get our Xiaomi smartphones, go out and shoot the next winning works of the ShotByMi Awards 2021! Click below to join!

I hope you liked this interview with a well-known Photographer! And I hope he has inspired you!
Thank you and see you soon!


Number of participants 3 Experience +26 Pack Reason

View Rating Log

2021-05-13 12:35:07
Favorites43 RateRate
ShotByMi Awards 2021
ShotbyMi Awards 2021 is a global photography competition hosted by Xiaomi, starts from 22nd March.
30 Article Description     769 Subscribers

Master Bunny

Mi Ra | from Mi Note 10 Pro


Thank you for the questions and answers.
2021-05-13 13:30:02

Master Bunny

Sugi Surya | from MI MAX 2


interesting .... great
2021-05-13 13:40:52

Rookie Bunny

4182961968 | from app


2021-05-13 16:10:51

Rookie Bunny

4182961968 | from app


2021-05-13 16:11:15
Very nice
2021-05-13 16:14:02

Master Bunny

ÀRÍNADÉ | from Redmi Note 8


nice hint
2021-05-13 16:24:07
Great content, thanks!
2021-05-13 17:10:18

Master Bunny

1630485853 | from Redmi Note 9 Pro


Nice, thanks
2021-05-13 17:11:15
Thanks for sharing.
2021-05-13 17:35:04
2021-05-13 18:54:05
please sign in to reply.
Sign In Sign Up



3 Days Check-In
7 Days Check-In
21 Days Check-In
40 Days Check-In
70 Days Check-In
100 Days Check-In
1 Year Check-In
2018 New Year Medal
New Home
Mi Love U & I
70K Mi Fans
100K Mi Fans
Happy July
Mi 9T
Global Fans
My Country My Pride
Check in
Profile Medal
MIUI 9th Birthday
Global Community
Mi A3
wallpaper votes
Redmi 7A
better together slogan
Global Community
device poll
better together with friends
games discuss
Puzzle Master
Mid-Autumn Festival
200K Mi Fans
50k fanów w Polsce!
400K Mi Fans
300K Mi Fans
500K Mi Fans
step up
close up
All-Star Battle
Answer Mi #2
Best Photo
Answer Mi #3
150K Registered Users
Serie Redmi Note
Redmi Note 8 Series
Eid Mubarak
200 Mil Mi Fans En México
Art Challenge
Father's Day
Design Together
Mother's Day
10 years
K2K #3
Nepal "Happy New Year"
Emoji Day
design wallpaper
First Anniversary
10th mi fan stories
K2K #4
10 years
Mitu Shares Vol.1
Ringtone Medal
The View Outside Your Window
Music Medal
Halloween Medal
2021's Wish Medal
Valentine's Day Medal

Read moreGet new

Mi Comm APP

Stay updated on Mi Products and MIUI

Copyright©2010-2021, All Rights Reserved
Quick Reply To Top Return to the list