BioPhotoFestival 2018: Conferences

Saturday, September 29, 2018

H 10:45 - 11:45

Meeting with the photographer - Alberto Bregani (ITA) -

"Not just rocks" Vision, inspiration and interpretation in mountain photography​

Photographer, writer, professional communicator, composer and hobby pianist, Alberto Bregani (1962) is considered one of the purest and most valid interpreters of landscape and mountain photography in black and white. Son of art (his father Giancarlo was a mountaineer, writer, musician, mountain documentary maker with film and literary awards), he grew up in Cortina d'Ampezzo, in the heart of the Dolomites. He realizes photography and communication projects for the territory, for companies and institutions.

Academic of the GISM, Italian Group of Mountain Writers, before dedicating totally to photography, he was involved for a long time in mountain tourism and digital communication (Premio "Rete di Rete" in 2000, as part of the Targa d'Oro for Communication advertising, "for having particularly contributed to giving added value to digital culture in Italy).

Much appreciated for his original lectures, from philosophy, literature, music, revolving around photography. He devotes much of his time to training through his mountain photography school in black and white - first in Italy - which has permanent headquarters in Madonna di Campiglio.

In May 2017 he released his second book "La montagna in chiaroscuro. Little essay on photographing between peaks and paths" (Ediciclo Editore) for a long time among the best sellers on Amazon in the" travel literature "category.

H 15:00 - 16:00

Meeting with the photographer - Bruno D'Amicis (ITA) -

"The secret of the giants: the oldest beech woods in Europe"​

In 2017 UNESCO included the beech-woods of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise among the sites belonging to the World Heritage of Humanity "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other Regions of Europe." This important recognition underlines the importance of these marvelous mountain forests for the conservation of the evolutionary processes and ecological dynamics of the Beech in the Mediterranean basin: brown bears, wolves, martens, wild cats, white-backed peaks, goshawks, owls, salamanders and an incredible variety of other plant species and unique animals still survive in this area.

But the most important fact is that in the early 2000s some forest scientists have identified in these areas beech trees whose age is approaching 600 years. A truly sensational discovery since the life expectancy for this species was usually considered around 300 years and also because these would be the oldest deciduous trees of the entire European continent! Between 2014 and 2017, the photographers Bruno D'Amicis and Umberto Esposito explored the old beech woods of Abruzzo with their cameras, documenting their complex ecology and incredible biodiversity, and discovering a lost world, a true "heritage" whose immense value crosses national boundaries and deserves to be shared with the whole world.

Bruno D'Amicis, born in Rome in 1979, is a lover of nature and an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for art, native cultures and communication. He has been fascinated by the natural world since his childhood, so he has consumed books, watched many documentaries and wandered for miles and miles in nature. This passion eventually led him to a master's degree in Biology. Since he borrowed his father's camera for the first time around 20 years ago, he became passionate about photography, which is now his full-time profession.

Convinced that images have immense power and can influence the imagination and inspire people to lose protection of nature, he treasures this principle and always uses his images to convey a message of conservation and protection of nature, documenting unusual places and behavior of animals in nature.
He considers himself a specialist in photographing mountain ecosystems and wild nature, with enough experience to explain complex natural processes and concepts.
His work is often published internationally in magazines, books, calendars, etc. and has won some prizes and important international competitions.
He considers his work of preparation, commitment, experimentation, frustration and satisfaction like a lifastyle, without schedules or holidays. In 2008, he moved to live at the feet of his beloved Apennines in central Italy, where all this began and where he concentrates his efforts to document the unique fauna of this region.

H 16:30 - 17:30

Meeting with the photographer - Hugo Wassermann (ITA) -

“The nature's perfection"

photo by Georg Kantioler, Manuel Plaickner, Johannes Wassermann and Hugo Wassermann (ITA)

The presentation is the result of the work of four photographers aimed at creating a splendid photographic book. A declaration of love to their native land, South Tyrol, in a photografic form nourished by the ambition to present the extraordinary treasures that nature has created. In each of their expressive compositions, the intimate approach to nature emerges which, in their constant ambition of aesthetic research, always leads them to find particular and spectacular points of recovery.

Hugo Wassermann, born in 1959 in Bressanone, Alto Adige. He is a founding member of Strix - Association of naturalist photographers from South Tyrol. From his fourteenth year of life, he has been intensely involved in nature photography. Macro photography, shapes and details are the central point of his work and his encounters with nature are characterized by a deep connection with nature. The purpose of his photography is to incorporate the sensations and emotions experienced on the outside in sensitive and highly expressive images.

Photographic projection and debate.

H 18:00 - 19:30

Awards ceremony BioPhotoContest 2018

Exhibition at marquee, Free access.

  • Multimedia show "Prairies, steppes and savannah" - semi-finalists images in the competition in 2018.
  • Awards ceremony.
  • Dinner / Gala buffet. Reserved for guests

Sunday, September 30, 2018

H 11:15 - 12:00

Meeting with the photographer - Sandra Bartocha (GER) -

“ LYS ” – it is in this way that the Norwegians and Danes call light; and it is precisely on this that the editorial project finds its foundation.

It is a tribute to the magical light of the North, a declaration of photographic love to the unique beauty of the great Scandinavian landscapes. For four years Sandra Bartocha and Werner Bollmann traveled all over Northern Europe, from bright Danish forests, to the pastures of the south, to the blue glaciers of Spitsbergen to the north, to the coast of Norway to the west, to the dense forests of Finland to the east. The images show their personal style of photographing, far from simple documentation, but rather sensitive and diversified, as well as the character and soul of the great Nordic landscapes and their inhabitants.

The results of their project will be presented with a multi-vision show, accompanied by the music of the composer Torsten Harder.

The authors Sandra Bartocha (* 1980) from Potsdam and Werner Bollmann (* 1966) from Kiel, Germany, have both been professional nature photographers for many years and have published several books. Their images have been awarded in important international photographic competitions (among others, "Wildlife Photographer of the Year", "GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year", "International Photography Awards"), published and presented in magazines and exhibitions throughout the world. Both are united by the same vision on photographic aesthetics and a great love for Northern Europe.

H 16:30 - 17:30

Book presentation with audiovisual:

"With the ground under your feet" meeting with the author Andrea Bianchi (TN), Mondadori editions.

announcer: Daniele Zongaro

From the founder of the first school in Italy of barefoot hiking, a book and a documentary on the barefoot journey in Nature: to reconnect to the Earth and contact our Soul.

Why, and how, a barefoot walk in the spaces of an ancient garden, on the snow and on the high altitude Dolomite rocks or along the dry hills of an island of Greece can make us return children, once again in contact with the primordial energies of a Mother Earth to which our life is intimately connected?

Andrea Bianchi helps us to answer this question through a journey through Nature, but also towards the deep roots of our Soul: taking our shoes off to remove any possible contact with the natural elements, we will find ourselves on a path whose invisible trace emerges Step by step.