Section A – Tales of alpine nature
Sharing spaces to survive; a portfolio that tells of the adaptation of wildlife to the anthropization of the mountain. The images are very contemporary and sophisticated with non-typical frames and shots that silently suggest nature’s cry for help against human exploitation.
The “Microcosms of the Alps” section unexpectedly gave the jury a few portfolios of invertebrates. In this series, the author returned to the observer the magical atmosphere of oblique lights, reflections on the water and everything that makes the microcosm what it is. The subjects, from the beautiful dragonfly to the common ant, are skillfully framed, gently illuminated and firmly enclosed in shots full of atmosphere.
If it is true that there are insects in Italy such as the stag beetle or crickets of considerable size, it is also true that there are very small mammals, including the stoat. Darting here and there in the Alpine scree, this small but efficient predator is not at all easy to photograph: in this series of images, the author leads us by the hand through different seasons and weather conditions, marked by the change in color of the stoat’s coat.
The author tells the story of the development of different types of landscapes, such as seasons and geological changes, with a series of well composed images, elegant, not exasperated in post-production, natural even if taken with advanced technologies.
Giandra De Castro
The author interprets the theme of the competition changing the way of photographing the mountain, the evolution in the vision moves towards painting and abstraction providing pleasant evocative images of the alpine environment.
The photographic research, of remarkable visual impact, captures some moments of the life of the vultures through very beautiful and well composed images. The presence of a color image in a black and white portfolio is noted.
The sequence, chromatically well balanced, highlights the majesty and agility of flight of the bearded vulture, one of the largest vultures that has returned to populate the Alps in Valle d’Aosta.
In the more anthropized areas, road kills cause every year the death of many specimens during the migrations towards their mating sites. Italy
Ibex on a moonlit background during a beautiful summer evening. France
A young chamois climbs a slope among the trees. France
The kings of gliding in ying and yang! A strong contrast between low background lights and full light on the vulture. Immersion flight! France
Ermines. Mother with weaned offspring. Italy
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) – males fighting for territory. Italy
A red deer. Autumn. Italy
What I like about nature is…to live in it!
Getting lost in the forest in autumn. Chamois. Italy
Peace in the evening. Lac Muffè, Champorcher. Italy
Alpine ibex during a snowstorm. France
Spider in high key. Italy
Two mountain tulips seem ready to kiss each other. Italy
In a world of snow. Wolf. Italy
The song of the pygmy. Eurasian pygmy owl. Italy
Grass snake hunting in the mountain pasture pond. Italy
Male ibex. Backlit. Italy
Autumn imprisoned. Italy
All that is left of the storm. Ibex. Italy
Galathea (Melanargia galathea). Butterflies are good indicators of biodiversity: in the Mont Avic Nature Park there are over 1150 species.
Winter captures a small leaf of a tremulous poplar. Broad-leaf trees are present in the low altitudes of the Park and favor the presence of many species of insects and birds.
A wolf (Canis lupus) crosses the snowy slope, carefully watching the photographer. This extraordinary predator, which has been seen in the Park for a few years, generally moves away at the sight of man whom it strongly fears.
Eurasian pygmy owl (Glaucidium passerinum). In the Park, the smallest nocturnal bird of prey in Europe has been seen in increasing numbers for about twenty years, a sign of the progressive natural state of the forests.
Male of black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) in a parade. In spring, the “cries” and “trills” of this bird echo in many corners of the protected area.
A fight between two males of Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), one of the most typical passerines of the alpine prairies.
Mountain tulip (Tulipa pumila). This bulbous plant colors the prairies of the Champorcher sector in the protected area.
Adult Ermine (Mustela erminea) with weaned offspring. This elusive carnivore lives in the Avic valleys up to an altitude of over 3000 metres.
Grass snake (Natrix natrix). The many wetlands that characterize the protected area are home to many interesting plant and animal species linked to the water.
The gentle evening light at Lac Muffé (Champorcher). The rural buildings in the protected area are perfectly integrated into the quietness of the landscape.
A chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) among the yellowish branches of the larches. The most widespread Alpine ungulate in the protected area shares the high altitudes with the ibex in summertime.
Autumn colors reflected in Lac de Servaz (Champdepraz). Val Chalamy is characterized by numerous lakes and ponds and peat bogs, true treasure chests of biodiversity.
A group of storm-cocks (Turdus pilaris) feeds on a rowan tree. The red berries of this tree are an important source of nourishment for many birds during the coldest months of the year.
The photographs that have reached the final selection phase will be used for the creation of an audiovisual that will be screened during the photo exhibition.