In order to encourage photographers to question visual conformism, we had to develop a bold, unconventional proposal. "We have put together a top-class jury that is heterogeneous in terms of professional and life experiences. We want to broaden our field of vision and explore a new path", stated Denis Curti. This is not an open call. We are collecting information and portfolios to be examined, we look around, run down many leads. Each jury member will choose a single photographer, even an amateur one. Because what matters is not the CV but the originality of the vision. Among the finalists we will elect only one winner: the prize is 10,000 Euros, a solo exhibition - with his or her own photo catalogue - from July 5th to September 10th 2020, in the middle of the high season in a unique place: the gallery Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti.”
The jury of the first edition of the photo competition Lagazuoi Photo Award was reunited by means of a web conference on 16th March 2020. Chaired by Denis Curti, Mario Calabresi, Nathalie Herschdorfer, Andréa Holzherr, Susanna Tamaro and Stefano Illing assessed the candidates. After a detailed analysis and discussion of the photos of the nominees, the jury decided by majority vote and designated the photographer Olivo Barbieri with his work Dolomites Project 2010 the winner of the 1st edition of the Lagazuoi Photo Award.
This is the reason for the decision:
Olivo Barbieri presented an aesthetically and content-related interesting project.
This project complies with the guidelines set out in the regulations for the participation in the Lagazuoi Photo Award.
The pictures, taken just when the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, express a remarkable visual power. The stylistic approach is highly innovative and the images are far off from a purely documentary dimension.
The decision to emphasize the relationship between figure and background with a well thought-out use of depth of field has enabled him to provide a monumental insight into the mountain world and to demonstrate the possibility of a new, respectful relationship between man and nature.