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Photography Contest Winners of Art at GIO!

This past month and a half has been an exciting time. Art at GIO: Chapter 2 really hit it off and we saw so many wonderful submissions from an array of talented high schoolers in the Bay Area.

Photography Contest 2021

At GIO, we’re passionate about sharing the important moments in life and opening our hearts as a community. Chapter 2 of our Art at GIO Photography Contest did just that. We asked students to share their experiences and feelings during this difficult time and they responded!

Our theme: “Stay Home & Conviviality – Back to Life!” invited students to reflect inwards and share moments from their time in home confinement, as well as the experience of living life through a screen and finally the feeling of life getting back to normal.

Chosen by a panel of professional photographers and artists as well as voted upon by the public, the results are finally in! Without further ado, here are our lucky winners:

First Place

Ian Carlson, “HOMEwork”

Second Place

Samantha Lawrence

Third Place

Sol Abrian

“The covid-19 pandemic has sapped our mental strength and left us with our primal intellects and interests playing minecraft as seen on the computer.”

Fourth Place

Nima Pendar

Fifth Place

Victoria Ortiz

Sixth Place

Pari Saluja, “Thinking”

“This picture really captures how quarantine/lockdown has given us all time to think – about others, about ourselves, our lives, the future and it’s given us the opportunity to grow into better people.”

Seventh Place (2)

Amelia Gaither

“This specific image was important for me, reflecting how during the pandemic I felt silenced and confined.”

Carson Aynesworth

Eighth Place

Sachin Kumar Singh

“We often forget the minor details in the bigger picture. Where one sees two wild animals I see the chains barricading between a mothers love.”

Ninth Place (2)

Payton Lee

Arianna Robles

“To me, this photo portrays the feelings of isolation and longing.”

Tenth Place (2)

David Dinh

“First high school outing during senior year, experiencing the joy of redemption through free donuts at Krispy Kreme!”

Madison Rowland Auffarth

Thank you

A big shoutout to all the participants and our judges for making this contest possible. Winners stay tuned about receiving your prizes! Thank you again for all involved!

Art at GIO Photography 2021 Contest!

GIO Gelati is committed to supporting art and culture through events and exhibits that will take place within its locations in San Francisco and San Ramon. That’s why we started our event “Art at GIO.” For Chapter 2 of this exciting adventure we’ve created a photography contest for high school students!


“Stay Home & Conviviality – Back to life!” is a Photography Contest created by GIO Gelati to invite a moment of reflection to the long period of home confinement that many teenagers have found themselves in, as well as the experience of school and relationships through a screen and the feeling that we are slowly going back to a normal life.

The contest is open to high school students from San Francisco and Bay Area. The contest will consist of a selection of images that represent the transition between these extraordinary months, specifically surrounding conviviality, the sharing of food and emotions and a euphoric feeling of going back to life.

The Home, re-discovered in its duplicity of safe-zone and limitation of space at the same time, and the lack of School as a space of discovery and experimentation towards the Other are themes full of contradictions that we wish to see discussed through the camera’s lens. Will life be the same?

The participants are invited to express their creative vision through photography. We wish this contest to be a meeting between technique, personal reflection and fun.
The cultural diversity between the participants, will be an interesting cue to discuss the vicinity/distance between these cultures.

The contest consists of the publication of a maximum of 2 photographs by each participant through the official GIO Gelati website’s dedicated section.

Open Call: The participants will be allowed to submit their pictures through the Gio Gelati website.

The deadline for submissions is the 21st of May 2021.


The winners will be selected through three rounds:

1st Selection by May 21st – an internal Jury will judge the 30 most appropriate pictures for the contest through the following criteria: appropriateness to the theme, expressive quality, originality, composition and technique. The 30 selected pictures will be published on GIO’s website and social media on the 20th of May 2021.

2nd Selection by May 28th – The selected photos will be available for voting by the public through the website and social media. The 10 most voted photos will pass on to the 3rd selection.

3rd Selection by June 4th – A professional jury will choose the victors among the remaining 10 pictures.

The prizes will be announced and published during an online event on the 31st of May 2021.


1st prize: A GIO Gelati Club membership of the duration of 3 months (GIO Solo every two weeks) and the participation to a photography workshop with professional photographers.

2nd Prize: A GIO Gelati Club membership of the duration of 2 months (GIO Solo every two weeks) and the participation to a photography workshop with professional photographers.

3rd Prize: A GIO Gelati Club membership of the duration of 1 month (GIO Solo every two weeks) and the participation to a photography workshop with professional photographers.

4-10 Prize: 1 GIO Gelati Pint of Gelato

All other Bay Area participants at the Photo Contest will receive a $5,50 gift card (3 months validity) to spend in any GIO Gelati locations.

The 10 final photographs will be displayed within the GIO Gelati locations, on Union Street in San Francisco and in the San Ramon City Center’s Courtyard.

How to Participate

  1. All participants will have to register to the GIO Gelati website.
    This will include providing truthful personal data and email address.
  2. Once the registration is complete, each user will be allowed to upload up to 2 images matching the following format: JPEG format, dpi resolution, 3002 x 4503 pixels; maximum 10MB size.
  3. The registration is free and open to all high school students from the previously mentioned areas without any other restriction. The final uploads must occur within 12 PM GMT the 21th of May 2021.
  4. The author of the images must be the owner of the copyright of any image with a subject eventually portrayed in the images. The author is the only person or entity responsible for this and will be assumed to be aware of it without need for any further documentation.
  5. The files must be accompanied by a description through the provided fields during upload.
  6. The only method of participation is the digital one previously described. No other submission will be admitted.
  7. All the images participating to the contest will remain property of their authors. GIO Gelati commits to use the images only in the context of this event and will not use them or distribute them for any other purpose.
  8. Every author will have to accept that in the event that their pictures shall pass the first selection, these will be published through GIO Gelati’s social media and websites.
  9. The winners of the final selections commit to grant GIO Gelati the right to use their images for print, for the purpose of displaying them in the previously specified spaces in SF and San Ramon.

Submit Now

Register here and send in your photos!

“Stay Home & Conviviality: Back to Life!” Photography Contest promoted by GIO Gelati in San Francisco, San Ramon (East Bay) May 2021.

Introducing Our New Event: Art at GIO

Art at GIO is our way of bringing art, beauty and hope to our clients and neighbors during this hard time. Restrictions, travel bans, and closed museums don’t have to stop you from enjoying the simple pleasures of life. In fact, this holiday season we invite you to the first chapter of this ongoing event. Stop by and be transported to a whole new world! 

Art at GIO Presents: Isauna Mitchell

Isauna Mitchell is a Taiwanese-American artist currently living in Rome, Italy. After studying films from a young age, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. It was only a matter of time before she was stealing her mother’s camera, in search of the next great shot.  

Isauna graduated from the Beijing Film Academy with a major in Directing. A passion for designing spaces led her to work as an art director for film and has since only expanded her knowledge of framing. Isauna is a full time freelance artist with a hands-on approach, completing work for shows and print alike as well as working on both design and graphic design projects.  

She enjoys creating picturesque scenes and using her specific lens to capture the world from her perspective. Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity and encapsulates moments and feelings. Isauna works from a place of multiculturalism, often gravitating towards inner reflection and growth. She believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes and experience into a representation of one’s potential.

The present collection of work includes two series: Back Again and La Cuccagna as well as various others. These collections dive into her experience of living in Italy from her own unique perspective. 

Come See Art at GIO

Art at GIO, combines art and a scoop of happiness into one. You could say it’s a match made in heaven. Have you ever wanted to eat gelato at an art gallery? Well now you can! 

From now until January 9th, you will be able to find Isauna’s photography in our stores. Come join us at either of our locations to be carried away to Italy through her photographs. 

San Francisco Shop: 1998 Union Street , San Francisco, CA 94123

San Ramon Shop: 6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd Ste 1510, San Ramon, CA 94583