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1st Edition 2020


1st Edition 2020



A top finissage with a surprise guest

The first photography workshop Lagazuoi Landscape Photographic Marathon coordinated by Denis Curti as part of the first edition of the Lagazuoi Photo Award 2020, was a great success. A top closure event with a guest of honour, Olivo Barbieri, who won, among others, the Lagazuoi Photo Award 2020 and a surprise guest: the well-known photographer Maurizio Galimberti.

Press release

Lagazuoi Photo Award 2020

The scrutiny of a photographer deconstructs and  reconstructs an image, narrates a reality, delves into our relationship with the world. This is the “mission” assigned to the candidates - the photographers selected to put forward their works dedicated to the Dolomites for the Lagazuoi Photo Award.

The prize was conceived and co-ordinated by the eminent photography expert Denis Curti. During the 1990s, he was the director of the School of Photography of the European Institute of Design in Turin and of the Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia (Italian Photography Foundation). 
In 2002-2003, he was curator of the first photograph auctions at Sotheby’s of Milan. For over 15 years, he was a journalist and photographic critic for Vivimilano and Corriere della Sera. From 2005 to 2014 he was the director of Contrasto – Milan and vice president of the Fondazione Forma in Milan.
A photography collectors' market expert, in 2014 he founded STILL Fotografia. He was the  director of the monthly magazine “Il Fotografo” from 2015 to 2019; he is currently the artistic director of the Casa dei TRE OCI of Venice, the Festival di Fotografia (Photography Festival) of Capri and the SI FEST of Savignano sul Rubicone. 
In addition, he is a consultant of the Fondazione di Venezia (Venice Foundation) for the management of its photographic heritage, and has curated several exhibitions.

The works entered in the competition will be centred around the Dolomites, with interpretations of images highlighting values such as accessibility, beauty and the sense of wonder that this setting is capable of evoking in those who observe it closely.Unconventional photos that bring originality to the iconography of the mountains.

For the selection of the works to be entered in the competition, a select jury of five judges has been called. Besides Denis Curti himself and the mountain entrepreneur Stefano Illing, the jury will include Nathalie Herschdorfer, an independent curator specialising in photography and the director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle in Switzerland, Andréa Holzherr, Global Exhibition director and curator for Magnum Photos, Susanna Tamaro, author, and Mario Calabresi, journalist and writer.
On 16th January 2020, the Lagazuoi Photo Award prize was presented officially at the Still gallery in Milan.

The winner 2020

Olivo Barbieri

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.

His portfolio  "Dolomites Project 2010"   >>>

The photographs will be exhibited at the Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti, the innovative exhibition space located on Mount Lagazuoi in Cortina d'Ampezzo, from July 5th to September 10th 2020.

CATALOGUE of the exhibition dedicated to the winner of the Lagazuoi Photo Award 2020   >>>>>


Conceived by Denis Curti for Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti

Here you can download the regulations

The Dolomites as nobody has ever "seen" them