Rome, 22 April (askanews) – In addition to the ‘Mother Earth Day’ award, Giuliano Zappi, winner of the XIII edition, “Obiettivo Terra” 2022, the prizes to the participants, was awarded the “Parco Inclusivo” 2022 Award, in collaboration with FIABA Onlus and Federparchi to the marine protected area of Plemmirio (Sicily) for interventions aimed at favoring the accessibility and usability of access to the sea for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. The award was given to the Director, Sabrina Zappalà.
11 of the Mentions and Special Mentions were then assigned, the decree of which was entrusted directly to the contest partners: Trees and Forests (in collaboration with the Forestry, Environmental and Agri-food Unit Command of the Carabinieri); Animals (in collaboration with Federparchi); Coastal area (in collaboration with the Port Authority Corps – Coast Guard); Rivers and lakes (in collaboration with the Italian Canoe and Kayak Federation); Agricultural landscape (in collaboration with the Campagna Amica Foundation); Geological heritage and geodiversity (in collaboration with the Italian Society of Environmental Geology – APS); Sustainable tourism (in collaboration with the Italian Touring Club); Parks from the Sky (in collaboration with Cobat); Obiettivo Roma (to the most beautiful photo taken in the protected areas of the Metropolitan City of Rome); Borghi (to the most beautiful photo of a village in a protected area. In collaboration with the Association “The most beautiful villages in Italy”) and Obiettivo Mare (to the most beautiful underwater photo taken in a protected marine area, in collaboration with Marevivo). Two extra-competition prizes were also awarded, which are the following:
– Paola Limena, author of the winning shot of the “Agricultural Landscape” Mention (in collaboration with the Campagna Amica Foundation), has been awarded a weekend at the “Il Podere di Assisi” (PG) farmhouse offered by Terranostra Umbria. The farm is part of the Campagna Amica network: zero-kilometer markets, farms, holiday farms and farms that support sustainable agriculture and quality food.
– “Pixcube_it” prize to the first classified awarded by Saul Ripamonti (Co-founder of the Pixcube.it network), who intervened via video link: a special voucher offered by the Pixcube.it network for a trip-workshop-reportage chosen from among many upcoming events held in the natural parks of Italy, available online on Pixcube.it.
Moreover, thanks to the renewed collaboration with Pianeta Foresty, which since the very first editions of the contest has favored the planting of new trees, during the live streaming 10 native trees have been planted in the State Natural Reserve Oasi WWF “Cratere degli Astroni”. Agnano (NA).
The objective of the photographic competition is to enhance the daily work of the Protected Areas of Italy, oriented towards environmental protection, the safeguarding of biodiversity, the defense of local specialties and to allow the dissemination of a truly eco-sustainable and responsible tourism model. The realization of this ambitious project was supported by Cobat (Main Partner of the competition) and Bluarancio (Digital Partner) and in collaboration with: FIABA Onlus, Marevivo, Campagna Amica Foundation, Italian Touring Club, SIGEA – Italian Society of Environmental Geology, Association “The most beautiful villages in Italy”, Earth Day Italy, Italian Canoe and Kayak Federation, SOS Terra Onlus.
The 2022 edition of “Obiettivo Terra” received the moral patronage of: Senate of the Republic; House of Representatives; Ministry of Ecological Transition; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Ministry of Culture; Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies; Metropolitan City of Rome Capital; Rome capital city; Prefecture of Rome; Federparchi; Federculture and all the National Parks of Italy, with the adhesion of the Corps of the Port Authorities – Coast Guard and the Forestry, Environmental and Agri-food Unit Command of the Carabinieri. Media Partners: Askanews, Italpress, Teleambiente, LifeGate, Opera2030, Trekking.it, Eco in Città. Technical Partners: Pixcube.it, Pianeta Foresty, @racne.
775 photos submitted this year to the competition and received from all over Italy. Of these, 753 (97%) were found to comply with the regulations and therefore admitted and 35% were candidates under 35 (22 were not admitted, equal to 3%). Each participant had the opportunity to submit only one color photo to the contest of which: National Parks (277 photos, equal to 36% of the admitted photos), Regional Parks (351 photos, equal to 45%), Marine Protected Areas (47 photos, equal to 6%), State Reserves (20 photos, equal to 3%) and Regional Reserves (80 photos, equal to 10%).
In this edition of the contest, the most photographed National Park is the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (Abruzzo, Lazio, Molise) with 50 photos; the most represented Regional Park is that of the Euganean Hills (Veneto) with 21 photos, the most photographed Marine Protected Area is that of Punta Campanella (Campania) with 5 photos and, finally, the most represented Reserve in the shots of the competitors is the Mouth of the Isonzo Nature Reserve (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) with 5 photos.
Of the 11 protected areas of Italy awarded “Obiettivo Terra” 2022, 6 have received recognition for the first time and are: Adda Nord Park (Lombardy), Beigua Regional Natural Park (Liguria), Euganean Hills Regional Park ( Veneto), Campi Flegrei Regional Park (Campania) with two mentions, Lessinia Regional Natural Park (Veneto), Tenuta di Castelporziano State Nature Reserve (Lazio).
In total, in the 13 editions of “Obiettivo Terra”, so far disputed, 13,253 photographs have been submitted and 23 National Parks, 37 Regional Parks, 7 Marine Protected Areas, 2 State Reserves and 4 Regional Reserves have been awarded.
These are all the winners:
FIRST PRIZE “Mother Earth Day”
Win: Giuliano Zappi
Photo subject: The romantic kiss between two foxes in Pescasseroli, in the heart of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (Abruzzo, Lazio, Molise).
Mention “Trees and forests” (in collaboration with the Forestry, Environmental and Agri-food Unit Command of the Carabinieri)
Vince: Caterina Carrara
Object photo: Crowns of trees that rise in the fog along the Adda river, in the North Adda Park (Lombardy).
“Animals” mention (in collaboration with Federparchi)
Win: Stefania Urbini
Photo object: Ichthyosaura alpestris (Alpine newt) immortalized in Tiglieto, Beigua Regional Natural Park (Liguria).
Mention “Coastal area” (in collaboration with the Port Authority Corps – Coast Guard)
Vince: Virginia Salzedo
Photo object: Transparent waters in Cala d’Oliva, in the Asinara National Park (Sardinia).
Mention “Rivers and lakes” (in collaboration with the Italian Canoe and Kayak Federation)
Vince: Giovanni Castaldo
Photo subject: The Casina vanvitelliana on Lake Fusaro in Bacoli, in the Campi Flegrei Regional Park (Campania).
“Agricultural landscape” mention (in collaboration with the Campagna Amica Foundation)
Vince: Paola Limena
Photo object: The vineyard illuminated by the sunset on Monte Fasolo, in the Euganean Hills Regional Park (Veneto).
Mention “Geological heritage and geodiversity” (in collaboration with the Italian Society of Environmental Geology – APS)
Vince: Francesco Russo
Photo object: Winter reflections in Castelluccio di Norcia, in the Monti Sibillini National Park (Umbria, Marche).
“Sustainable tourism” mention (in collaboration with the Italian Touring Club)
Vince: Marco Tonin
Photo object: Panoramic view from the Campodavanti peak, in the Lessinia Regional Natural Park (Veneto).
Special mention “Villages” (to the most beautiful photo of a village located within an Italian Protected Area, in collaboration with the Association “The most beautiful villages in Italy”)
Vince: Cesare Barillà
Photo subject: The splendid village of Scilla, in the Aspromonte National Park (Calabria)
Special mention “Obiettivo Roma” (to the most beautiful photo taken in the Protected Areas of the Metropolitan City of Rome)
Vince: Chiara Giuliano
Photo subject: Sunset over the maritime pines in the Tenuta di Castelporziano state nature reserve (Lazio).
Special mention “Obiettivo Mare” (for the best underwater photo taken in a protected marine area, in collaboration with the Marevivo environmental association)
Vince: Salvatore Ianniello
Photo subject: Crabs inside a sea lung jellyfish in Bacoli, in the Campi Flegrei Regional Park (Campania).
Special mention “Parks from the sky” (in collaboration with Cobat).
Win: Vittorio Emanuele Caccavallo (Vec Samoano)
Object photo: Splendid view of the coast in Positano, pearl of the Amalfi coast, in the Monti Lattari Regional Park (Campania).
“INCLUSIVE PARK” AWARD 2022
Vince: Marine Protected Area of Plemmirio (Sicily)
Project: Interventions carried out to make the outlets to the sea usable for frail people and people with disabilities, with structures suitable for the context.