Gli scatti del Wildlife Photographer al Forte di Bard (AO)

Il Forte di Bard (in Valle D’Aosta), fino al 10 giugno 2018, presenta l’anteprima italiana della 53esima edizione del Wildlife Photographer of the Year, il più importante riconoscimento dedicato alla fotografia naturalistica promosso dal Natural History Museum di Londra. La spettacolare roccaforte all’ingresso della Valle d’Aosta ospita per il nono anno consecutivo, la prima tappa del tour italiano della mostra che ogni anno premia gli scatti più belli del mondo animale e vegetale.

Cento foto realizzate nell’arco del 2017 racconteranno con sorprendente maestria la natura in tutti i suoi aspetti, catturando dettagli affascinanti e paesaggi mozzafiato che i visitatori potranno scoprire in anteprima assoluta come in un viaggio attraverso i luoghi più straordinari della terra.

L’anteprima italiana della mostra presenterà le foto vincitrici delle 16 categorie del premio che ritraggono l’incredibile biodiversità esistente sul nostro pianeta, dai comportamenti di animali quasi sconosciuti a mondi subacquei nascosti e misteriosi, selezionate fra le oltre 50mila immagini giunte da 92 diversi paesi del mondo e giudicate da esperti internazionali per la loro originalità e sulla base di criteri artistici e tecnici.

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This image features a very unusual (and fortunate) encounter between an aggregation of spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) and a predatory octopus (Octopus maorum). This is previously unknown site for spider crab aggregations and came as a complete surprise during the dive. When I saw the octopus in the distance, I couldn't believe my luck. It was super excited and behaving akin to a child in a candy store trying to work out which crab it was going to catch and eat. The crab featured in the octopus's tentacles was its final catch. This very rare and exciting encounter took place off Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia, Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean.

This image features a very unusual (and fortunate) encounter between an aggregation of spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) and a predatory octopus (Octopus maorum). This is previously unknown site for spider crab aggregations and came as a complete surprise during the dive. When I saw the octopus in the distance, I couldn’t believe my luck. It was super excited and behaving akin to a child in a candy store trying to work out which crab it was going to catch and eat. The crab featured in the octopus’s tentacles was its final catch. This very rare and exciting encounter took place off Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia, Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean.

Vincitore assoluto di quest’anno è il fotografo sudafricano Brent Stirton con lo scatto “Memorial to a species” (Monumento alla specie) che ritrae con grande forza documentaria un rinoceronte appena colpito e mutilato del suo corno all’interno del Parco Hluhluwe Imfolozi, la più antica riserva naturale africana. La foto, di forte impatto emotivo ma allo stesso tempo di grande profilo artistico, documenta con estrema crudeltà il dramma del bracconaggio a rinoceronte per privarli dei loro corni e poi rivenderli al mercato nero. Il fotografo ha dichiarato di aver visto almeno altre trenta scene di questo tipo durante il suo reportage all’interno della riserva.

Cinque gli italiani premiati: Stefano Unterthiner, che si è aggiudicato due premi come finalista nelle categorie The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story e Urban Wildlife, la giovanissima Ekaterina Bee, vincitrice nella categoria 10 Years and under, Marco Urso, finalista nella categoria Behaviour, Hugo Wasserman, finalista nella categoria Urban Wildlife e Angiolo Manetti, finalista nella categoria Earth’s Environments.

Driving through Lamar Valley area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA, we saw a female Red Fox hunting along the road. We stopped and watched her for awhile as she walked quietly across the snow, listening for prey deep underneath. Finally, she stopped parallel to our car and tilted her head, staring at the ground a few feet in front of her nose. I grabbed my lens and placed it on the beanbag. Then I increased my ISO to 1000 hoping that I had enough shutter speed in case she jumped (moused). I knew that with the Canon 7dMII that I would get a lot of frames per second, so I placed her low in the frame down on the right and waited. She jumped! I captured the whole series, and once she landed, I recomposed and took a couple of shots of her buried deep in the snow. She stayed like this for about 10 seconds and then lifted herself out with a disappointed look on her face. She missed. :( This is fullframe. (Post processing: minor exposure adjustment, selective desaturation of blues and selective saturation of orange because the light was so flat, midtones adjustment and minor sharpening of the fox)

Driving through Lamar Valley area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA, we saw a female Red Fox hunting along the road. We stopped and watched her for awhile as she walked quietly across the snow, listening for prey deep underneath. Finally, she stopped parallel to our car and tilted her head, staring at the ground a few feet in front of her nose. I grabbed my lens and placed it on the beanbag. Then I increased my ISO to 1000 hoping that I had enough shutter speed in case she jumped (moused). I knew that with the Canon 7dMII that I would get a lot of frames per second, so I placed her low in the frame down on the right and waited. She jumped! I captured the whole series, and once she landed, I recomposed and took a couple of shots of her buried deep in the snow. She stayed like this for about 10 seconds and then lifted herself out with a disappointed look on her face. She missed. 🙁 This is fullframe.
(Post processing: minor exposure adjustment, selective desaturation of blues and selective saturation of orange because the light was so flat, midtones adjustment and minor sharpening of the fox)

mostra fotografica WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Le immagini naturalistiche più spettacolari del 2017
dal 16 febbraio al 10 giugno 2018
Forte di Bard
Bard (AO)

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