Bronze / 2019 / Nature / Underwater

InvEarth. Toxic

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Underwater
  • Photographer
    Simone Arrigoni

"Toxic", the second series of the InvEarth project, focuses on the possible first ancestor of all animal life on our planet: jellyfish, a fascinating and pulsating trap floating into the seas since over 500 million of years, like an immortal ensign of biodiversity. Its fatal beauty is here represented by two species of the genus Chrysaora, with its geometric drawnings adorning the bell, lace-edged arms and long tentacles hiding a miriad of nematocysts ready to sting.

Simone Arrigoni is a classical pianist, Freediving World Champion (he set 20 World Records in the sea, lake, under the ice and with dolphins), and awards-winning photographer.

His photos and reportages have been exhibited Worldwide (Italy, UK, Greece, Belgium, China, USA, Singapore); published in books and magazines (as Image in Progress, Fotografia Reflex, Il Venerdì di Repubblica); and received more than 80 awards in the most prestigious international photo contests, such as 1st Place at FIOF Italy International Photography Award FIIPA 2016, 1st Place in PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2017, 1st Place in the Fusion Art's International Contest Skies 2017 (California), 1st Place at New York International Photography and Digital Art Contest 2017, 1st Place in NTU International Photography Awards by Singapore's Nanyang Technological University & National Geographic.

One of his astrophotographies was published as EAPOD - European Astronomy Picture Of the Day (28 January 2017), and he has been appointed Italian Photography Ambassador in China.

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