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Name: Andrea Pozzi
Picture title: Alter ego
Category: People’s Choice
Nationality:
Italy
Occupation: Full-time photographer, adventurer and storyteller

Technical information
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
EXIF: 30”, f/9, iso400
Accessories: Tripod

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Andrea Pozzi | Alter ego

Name: Andrea Pozzi
Picture title: Alter ego
Category: People’s Choice
Nationality:
Italy
Occupation: Full-time photographer, adventurer and storyteller

Technical information
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
EXIF: 30”, f/9, iso400
Accessories: Tripod

Andrea says:

For years I had been planning a kayaking adventure in the swamps of Texas and Louisiana. This environment represents one of the most primeval places still existing in the USA, home to a multitude of bird species, turtles, alligators, poisonous snakes, spiders and so on. In the autumn of 2019 I finally made this dream come true and I spent 20 days exploring different areas. This image was taken at Caddo Lake, Texas. It was one of the first days and I had some difficulties to make this image, because I had to paddle in the dark to reach this side of the lake with incredible bald cypresses emerging from the water. After the first light of the day the atmosphere was impressive… I found myself surrounded by bald cypresses in one of the most primordial places I have ever witnessed. To realize the best shot I decided to get off the kayak (definitely challenging as the water level was high), with my chest waders on. Shooting hand held in these light conditions can be really limiting and frustrating, so I acted! Placing the tripod into the muddy waters was crucial for my composition, exposure and aperture issues. As often happens with my photographs I wanted to convey the feeling of a timeless and extremely primordial place, a forgotten land that was just waiting for my arrival to show itself in all its whispered beauty.

Andrea Pozzi

Andrea Pozzi

Italy

Internationally renowned photographer, adventurer and storyteller. Andrea Pozzi was born in 1987 in Bormio, one of Italy’s alpine jewels. Since an early age, he has always been fascinated by distant lands, places where contact with nature is fundamental and where civilisation was unable to take root. The excitement behind a new experience, a new landscape or a new encounter is what gives him life. The growing desire for discovery, which becomes stronger with every new journey, has given birth to his own personal photographic (but not only) project, FORGOTTENLANDS.

Andrea’s camera has taken him to the wild and remote corners of the world, witnessing the huge glaciers of Alaska and Yukon, the peaks of Patagonia and Asia, the tropical paradises of Polynesia, the Andean Plateau, the desolate moorlands of Scotland, the tangled forests of New Zealand, the unbelievable Japanese winter, the wild Siberian taiga and the northern lights of Lapland. He visited more than 60 countries.
Every journey he attempts to portray the beauty and the magic around him. Trying to know himself better, getting in touch with the soul of adventure and exploration.

He has consistently earned several awards in the most important international competitions of nature photography, including the most prestigious one in the world: the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Author of an autobiographical book (2015) entitled “30”. He is known for his great passion for adventure and an unconventional lifestyle. Which often seen him as the protagonist of solitary and sometimes singular experiences in the wilderness.

Graduated in environmental architecture in 2009, his life path led him to move away from a physically static profession to apply his knowledge and aesthetic taste developed during the course of studies in photographic art. Gifted with a great spirit of observation, he firmly believes that the reading of one’s photographs is closely linked to our background, to everything we have experienced during our growth. Since 2005 he has also been a ski instructor, a skill that often allows him to reach unspoiled places.

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