“This project was born out of a noticeable gap in representation", states Stefano Illing while explaining the concept of the Lagazuoi Photo Award. "It’s gradually becoming easier and faster to reach the mountains and consequently the number of mountain lovers is constantly increasing. With the exponential expansion of smartphones and digital cameras, photography is more popular than ever. But these new technical possibilities have not renewed our perception of the mountains. Nevertheless, the latest pictures are still similar to the nostalgic postcards from the 1950s. Perhaps the mountains are - fortunately - still considered an "other" place and this otherness keeps the mountains far away from the dominant urban culture. But a true photographer knows the difference between looking and seeing. He is able to convey his own emotional perception, his sense of wonder, his personal attitude with a shot and to teach us to see. And the Dolomites, which are among the most photographed mountains in the world, are the best testing ground."