I am a wildlife lover and outdoor enthusiast with a soft spot for art, native cultures and communication. I was fascinated by the natural world since my childhood, so I consumed books, watched many documentaries and roamed countless kilometers to enjoy it. This passion eventually led me to a master degree in Biology. Since I first borrowed my Dad's camera about 20 years ago, I got hooked with photography, which now is my full-time profession. As I started showing my best shots around, I realized the immense power images have to influence our imagination and inspire people with the issues of nature protection. I treasure this principle and always use my images to convey a message of conservation.
It is hard to photograph wildlife in the wild, but I want to be true. So I stay away from easy locations or captive animals, but strive instead to give a wild feeling with my photos, framing my subjects within their context and patiently waiting for behaviors.
I think of myself as a specialist in photographing mountain ecosystems and wildlife,with enough experience to explain complex wilderness processes and concepts through my pictures. I also like to document wildlife research and conservation activities.
I often develop ideas for and work on long-term, conservation-oriented projects, using all my experience, contacts and available tools for achieving their goals.
My work is published internationally in magazines, books, calendars, etc. I won a few awards and traveled to several countries.
I never consider this as just a job. Preparation, commitment, experimentation, frustration and satisfaction flow together into something with no schedules or holidays: a lifestyle more than anything else. In 2008, I moved to live at the foothills of my beloved Apennines in Central Italy, where all this began and where I concentrate my efforts to document the unique wildlife of this region.
Born in Rome in 1979, at the moment resident in Abruzzo (Italy).
M. Sc. cum laude in Biology in 2004 with experience and academic background in animal ecology, conservation biology and environmental education.
Wildlife photographer since 1995 and full-time professional since 2005.
Images and words published in several countries in books, magazines (National Geographic, GEO, BBC Wildlife, etc.), calendars and brochures.
Awards at World Press Photo, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Nature Photographer of the Year.
Author of four books.
Stock images represented worldwide by the Nature Picture Library.
Several exhibitions and sales of Fine-Art Prints.
Photography teacher and public lecturer.
On assignment for the National Geographic Society.
AFNI (Associazione Fotografi Naturalisti Italiani) honorary member.
Judge at competitions such as World Press Photo and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Speaker at several international events like “Wildphotos” and the “GDT Internationales Naturfoto Festival”.
Traveled to 40 countries.
Knowledge of four languages.