The success of the initiative is confirmed by its numbers: almost 3,500 images have taken part in the 2021 selection.
The 15th edition of the international contest "Fotografare il Parco", organised by the National Parks of Stelvio, Gran Paradiso, Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, and de la Vanoise, with the patronage of Alparc, Federparchi, and the participation of the media partner La Rivista della Natura, has come to an end. The great participation of photography enthusiasts and the high technical, artistic, and naturalistic value of the images presented, confirmed the important role that "Fotografare il Parco" has taken on in the panorama of photography contests.
The three absolute winners well represent the different approaches and "disciplines" of nature photography. First place went to the highly evocative image of an ibex facing the force of a storm by Stanislao Basileo; second place was taken by Marco Antonini's photo of the "dance of life" of a couple of demoiselle cranes in the delicate moment of egg laying. Third place went to the dramatic black and white, enhanced by the range of chiaroscuros, taken by Véronique Andre's photo showing the effects of a summer snowfall on the steep faces of the Dent Parrachée in the Vanoise massif.
The categories dedicated to the individual protected areas saw the success of Maurizio Trifilidis' "Autumn on Lake Barrea" (for the Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise National Park), the "Fairy tale of a night – Leonessa Bivouac" by Giacomo Baffetti (Gran Paradiso National Park), the "Dosegù at sunset " by Matteo Berbenni (Stelvio National Park) and the photo "Les Gliéres - Pralognan-la-Vanoise" by Jacky Deleurence (Parc National de la Vanoise).
First place in the different categories identified in the contest went to Mirko Zanetti’s “Owl” for the Park’s wildife, Fabrizio Moglia’s “Salmo trutta fario” for the Park’s micro-world and nature details, and photographer Claudia Giusti, “Drops and weaves” for the Park’s plant world.
The special price Interaction between man and environment has been assigned to “Foliage in the Park-Forca d’Acero”, a highly graphic shot in which the continuity of an autumn forest is interrupted by a sinuous strip of asphalt.
The many prizes available proved to be few compared to the number of deserving photos. The jury therefore decided to award 11 more photographs. “Fotografare il Parco” confirmed the high quality of the competing pictures and the participants’ great knowledge of nature. Their origin also confirms the contest success on the international scene: people could say that “Fotografare il Parco” knowns no boundaries, just like the beauty of nature. Fifteen editions of “Fotografare il Parco” for one hundred years of Park. This year marks the centenary of the birth of the first Italian National Parks, the Gran Paradiso and the Park of Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise.
Italo Cerise, President of the Gran Paradiso National Park remarks "We congratulate the participants and the winners for the high-quality level and the strong emotional charge of the images submitted. In this very important year for us, in which we are celebrating our centenary, we are particularly excited to find in the absolute winning image the animal that symbolises our protected area, the ibex, which advances stubbornly with all its strength. A perfect metaphor for the tenacity with which this species and the Park itself have been facing adversity and challenges for a hundred years".
"Photography has proved to be a wonderful way of approaching nature, enclosing in a single shot - one of the thousands that can be taken today thanks to digital technology - the marvels of the natural heritage that we have been duty-bound to protect for a hundred years for future generations" - says Giovanni Cannata, President of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park - When we take photographs, however, we must never lose sight of the main objective: respect for the nature in which we live, because there are often very fragile balances that can be damaged in very little ways. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the many participants".
“An important birthday for all of us, the centenary of the first Italian national parks," say the spokesmen of the Stelvio and de la Vanoise National Parks. "The award ceremony for the fifteenth edition of the contest will be an opportunity to celebrate together and to celebrate, through the splendid winning images, the beauty of an environmental heritage of the entire community that all the protected areas, more or less young and regardless of national boundaries, have contributed and continue to contribute to preserving and enhancing".
Here is the complete list of winning photographs:
1st Bufera (Storm) by Stanislao Basileo
2nd Spawning by Marco Antonini
3rd Neige estivale – Dent Parrachée by Véronique André
Category A – Park Landscapes
Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise National Park: Autunno sul lago di Barrea (Autumn on Lake Barrea) by Maurizio Trifilidis
Gran Paradiso National Park: Favola di una notte – Bivacco Leonessa (Fairy tale of a Night – Leonessa Bivouac) by Giacomo Baffetti
Stelvio National Park: Dosegù al tramonto (Dosegù at sunset) by Matteo Berbenni
Parc national de la Vanoise: Les Glières – Pralognan la Vanoise by Jacky Deleurence
Category B – Park Wildlife
1st Civetta (Owl) by Mirko Zanetti
2nd Spirit – Ghost of the tree by Andrea Daina Palermo
3rd Lepre variabile nella bufera (Variable hare in the storm) by Emilio Ricci
Category C – Park’s micro-world and nature details
1st Trota fario mediterranea (Salmo trutta fario) by Fabrizio Moglia
2nd In salita (Uphill) by Giuseppe Bonali
3rd Scapigliatura – Acronicta alni by Gabriele Saglibene
Category D – Park’s plant world
1st Gocce e trame (Drops and weaves) by Claudia Giusti
2nd Four trees by Melchiorre Pizzitola
3rd Tenerezze floreali (Floral tenderness) by Massimo Arcaro
1st Foliage nel Parco - Forca d’Acero (Foliage in the Park – Forca d’Acero) by Alessandro Currò
Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) by Melchiorre Pizzitola
Il magico mondo dei folletti (The magical world of goblins) by Melchiorre Pizzitola
Le spoglie del re (The remains of the king) by Gianluca Damiani
Galaverna – Serra Traversa by Marco Pantanella
Stambecco, il re delle Alpi (Ibex, the king of the Alps) by Christoph Platzer
Sacrificio d’amore (Sacrifice of love) by Elisa Confortini
Valle di Gavia di Luciano Antonio Cossi
L’isola che c’è – Ceresole Reale (Neverland – Ceresole Reale) by Sergio Vittorio Rosa
Luna chiama terra – Colle del Nivolet (Moon calls earth – Colle del Nivolet) by Luca Casale
Celestial vision – Lago del Moncenisio (Celestial vision – Moncenisio Lake) by Cristian Della Lucia
La salita – Monte Palombo (The ascent – Monte Palombo) by Francesco Rosato
The winning and recommended photographs can be seen at www.fotografarerilparco.it, www.pngp.it, www.parcoabruzzo.it and www.vanoise-parcnational.fr.
The date and location of the award ceremony will be arranged in the coming weeks.
Photo: Fotografare il Parco © Bufera (Storm) by Stanislao Basileo