BioPhotoFestival 2019: Conferences

Saturday, September 28, 2019


H 15:00 - 16:00

Meeting with the photographer - Margot Raggett (England) - www.margotraggettphotography.com

"Remembering Lions"​

2019 willl see Remembering Lions published as the 4th book in the Remembering Wildlife series. Together, Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos and Remembering Great Apes have so far raised more than £450,000 for conservation projects. The series was founded and is produced by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, who was prompted to take action after seeing a poached elephant. She started asking fellow wildlife photographers if they would donate images for a fund-raising book and the series was born. Each year we launch our books at an event at the Royal Geographical Society where supporters can get their books signed by many of the photographers and it is accompanied by a two week London exhibitio

Margot Raggett focuses primarily on photographing wildlife. She bought her first DSLR camera in 2010 for a safari to the Maasai Mara in Kenya and fell in love with both the place and with 'making' images. She now shoots on a Nikon D810 with a Nikkor 400 f/2.8, spends up to three months a year in Africa and her work is regularly published worldwide. In 2015 she won the 'Animal Antics' category of the prestigious Nature's Best Photography Awards. She was also awarded a highly commended in the 'African Wildlife' category of the same contest.

She loves wildlife, people and landscapes and when not travelling she splits her time between London and Kefalonia in Greece.

Margot is a regular 'Photographer in Residence' at Entim Camp in the Maasai Mara and also leads photographic safaris to there and elsewhere in Kenya.

In 2015 she founded the Remembering Wildlife project, a 'live-aid' moment for wildlife photographers coming together for a fund-raising book first on elephants entitled Remembering Elephants. This was followed by Remembering Rhinos and in October 2018, Remembering Great Apes will be published. She has partnered with the Born Free Foundation on all three books, which so far have raised more than £320,000 for conservation projects in Africa and Asia.


H 16:30 - 17:30

Meeting with the photographer - Espen Bergersen (NORWAY) - www.naturgalleriet.no

“A Norwegian whale tale"

Around Christmas time in the year 2010, a large number of humpback and killer whales suddenly appeared outside the Andøya island in Northern Norway. A change in the wintering grounds of the Norwegian herring populations tempted the whales to a feeding frenzy never seen before.
9 years have passed, and since then Espen Bergersen have followed this phenomenon closely every winter. He have been photographing and filming from land, from sea and from the air using drones. Over the years he had many incredible experiences with the whales which he will share with the audience at the BioPhotoFestival.

As a small kid Espen spent hours looking for birds in the wetlands around his childhood home at Andøya in Northern Norway. With the interest for birds, came the need to capture what he saw on camera. Since he took his first bird pictures 25 years ago, his interest for nature photography have increased almost exponentially. He focus mostly on the wildlife in northern and arctic regions of Norway, but also spend time to photograph landscapes.

The last 9 years he have specialized on photographing whales above water. The interest for nature took him to a Master degree in biology at the university of Tromsø in 2006.

Today he still live in Tromsø, and work as a drilling fluids engineer offshore in Norway.


H 18:30 - 19:30

Awards ceremony BioPhotoContest 2019

Exhibition at marquee, Free access.

  • Multimedia show "The Biomes, the greatbeauty of planet" - semi-finalists images in the competition in 2019.
  • Awards ceremony.
  • Dinner / Gala buffet. Reserved for guests

Sunday, September 29, 2019

H 11:00 - 12:00

Meeting with the photographer - Ismaele Tortella (ITA) - www.ismaeletortella.com

Book presentation: “IGUAZÙ, discovering the Atlantic Forest”

Misiones, Argentina. Many will never have heard of this land, or at least using this name. Certainly the majority will be familiar with the name Iguazù with which they are called the famous waterfalls that mark the border between Argentina and Brazil, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. A place very different from our idea of this state, where the ecosystem is not that of the pampas or of the Andes, nor even that of Patagonia but is the only province in the state to possess the "red earth", welcome to the subtropical forest.

Born along the Abruzzo Teatine coast, Ismaele Tortella has always been fascinated and captured by the natural world. His strong curiosity for the Wilderness and the journey led him to live and explore many countries of the world, starting from his beloved central Italy and then moving to Spain in search of the Iberian ibex, from there he turned to Swedish Lapland spending a summer in the tundra and then exchange it with the Atlantic Forest of the province of Misiones in Argentina where he lived with the indigenous Guaraní communities. For three years he has lived in the Norwegian arctic working as a guide and photographer specializing in aurora borealis, whales and sea eagles.

Graduated cum laude in Forest Science at the University of Padua, he has published various photographic reports in international magazines such as Nat'Images, NaturFoto and Asferico. Finalist of various international competitions such as Nikon Spain, Photo Montier, EuroNatur. Author of the travel book "Iguazù, discovering the Atlantic forest". Nowadays he is specializing in the production of short films on the arctic also projected on the television program GEO of RAI3.


H 15:30 - 16:30

Meeting with the photographer - Pietro Formis and Emilio Mancuso (ITA) - www.pietroformis.com

"AQUA, the underwater mysteries of th world"

Water a source of life, the mother of all creatures on the planet. A journey through the shapes, colors, lights and behavior of water creatures. From the oceans to the tropical seas to the Red Sea, to the Mediterranean Sea. Darkness and its mysterious creatures. The light source of energy for the ecosystem and the creation of spectacular games. Colours, communication codes of a complex and marvelous world. The shapes, shaped by evolution, are presented in an indescribable variety of functional solutions. The anthropomorphic masks of apparently monstrous but incredibly fascinating beings. Life and death, closely linked: the investment of the species on its own future, also through the sacrifice of the individual, in favor of the community; parental care of certain parents. Predation universal rule of the world of nature, eating and being eaten. Survival: surviving the most greedy, cynical and determined predator: man.

Is this perhaps an impossible mission?

Born in Milan, Italy in 1978, graduated in visual design, passionate about the «imaging world » from 3D modeling to photography. Professional photographer from 2017

Scuba diver since 2007 and photographer from 2009, dived in the Egyptian Red Sea, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Spain, Reunion, Philippines, Papua new Guinea and of course Italy. Won many awards in national and internationa competitions like GDT – European photographer of the year, Asferico, Ocean art Competition, Our World Underwater, Ocean Geographic Competition, NCUPS and many others.

Published his work in european magazines (Scuba Zone, Sub, Unterwasser, La rivista della Natura, Naturphoto, RollingStone Italia)

Is one of the founder members of the Italian Underwater photography society (IUPS) with some of the top italian underwater photographers, promoting environmental and conservation issues and spreading a sea-related culture through high quality underwater images.