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Sky painters

  • Prize
    Gold in Special/Smartphone Photography, 1st Place winner in Special
  • Photographer
    Simone Arrigoni

If you are a tiny creature and are the target of many deadly predators, you have to find an excellent defense strategy. In this, the starlings are true masters: coordinating their movements within large flocks, they dance in the sky in unison pretending to be a single entity that confuses and escapes its predators’ hunt.
I took in long exposure their flight in the autumnal sunsets of Rome, allowing designs to emerge in the sky as if the starlings were a myriad of pencils in the hand of a single painter.

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.

For further information visit: www.simonearrigoni.com