Results

SECTION A: Absolute winner | Theme 1 | Theme 2 | Theme 3 | Highly commended | SECTION B: 1st -2nd -3rd | Highly commended | Calendar

Section A – Tales of alpine nature

Absolute winner

Bertrand Muffat-Joly

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.

Theme 1 – Small is beautiful: microcosms of the Alps

1st Place

Leo Gayola

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.

2nd Place

Fabien Greban

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.

Theme 2 – The mountain that changes: evolving elements of the alpine landscape

1st Place

Fabrizio Moglia

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.

2nd Place

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.

Theme 3 – The return: vultures and large carnivores in the Alps

1st Place

Fabien Dubessy

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.

2nd Place

Massimo Arcaro

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.

Highly commended section A theme 1

Fabrizio Stefani
In the more anthropized areas, road kills cause every year the death of many specimens during the migrations towards their mating sites. Italy

Luca Melcarne
Ibex on a moonlit background during a beautiful summer evening. France

Luca Melcarne
A young chamois climbs a slope among the trees. France

Vittorio Ricci

Highly commended section A theme 3

Lorraine Bennery
The kings of gliding in ying and yang! A strong contrast between low background lights and full light on the vulture. Immersion flight! France

Section B – The Seasons in the Mont Avic Natural Park

1st Place

Daniele Bariviera
Ermines. Mother with weaned offspring. Italy

2nd Place

Roberto Vallet
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) – males fighting for territory. Italy

3rd Place

Davide Biagi
A red deer. Autumn. Italy

Highly commended section B

Paola Garda
What I like about nature is…to live in it!
Getting lost in the forest in autumn. Chamois. Italy

Paolo Taldo
Peace in the evening. Lac Muffè, Champorcher. Italy

Luca Melcarne
Alpine ibex during a snowstorm. France

Melchiorre Pizzitola
Spider in high key. Italy

Luigi Remonti
Galathea. Italy

Massimo Arcaro
Two mountain tulips seem ready to kiss each other. Italy

Francesco Guffanti
In a world of snow. Wolf. Italy

Francesco Guffanti
The song of the pygmy. Eurasian pygmy owl. Italy

Roberto Vallet
Grass snake hunting in the mountain pasture pond. Italy

Roberto Vallet
Male ibex. Backlit. Italy

Fabrizio Stefani
Autumn imprisoned. Italy

Fabrizio Stefani
All that is left of the storm. Ibex. Italy

Photos selected for the calendar

Luigi Remonti
Galathea (Melanargia galathea). Butterflies are good indicators of biodiversity: in the Mont Avic Nature Park there are over 1150 species.

Fabrizio Stefani
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.

Francesco Guffanti
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.

Francesco Guffanti
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.

Luca Melcarne
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.

Roberto Vallet
A fight between two males of Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), one of the most typical passerines of the alpine prairies.

Massimo Arcaro
Mountain tulip (Tulipa pumila). This bulbous plant colors the prairies of the Champorcher sector in the protected area.

Daniele Bariviera
Adult Ermine (Mustela erminea) with weaned offspring. This elusive carnivore lives in the Avic valleys up to an altitude of over 3000 metres.

Roberto Vallet
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.

Paolo Taldo
The gentle evening light at Lac Muffé (Champorcher). The rural buildings in the protected area are perfectly integrated into the quietness of the landscape.

Paola Garda
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.

Paolo Taldo
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.

Massimo Arcaro
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.

Finalist photographs

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.