WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species

Valter Binotto, Italy

Apollo at rest

Every summer, just as he has done for the past 20 years, Valter visits a colony of 50-100 Apollo butterflies in the pre-Alps in the Veneto region of Italy. He keeps the location secret, for fear of butterfly collectors (the species is classified as vulnerable). 'I admire this butterfly as if she were a queen. When it flies, it's a show of natural beauty,' he says. 'Each butterfly has its own night shelter, and when I go up in the morning, I often find the same butterfly in the same spot.' On this day, low cloud covered the meadow, and the Apollos were sheltering among the grasses, waiting for the sun to warm them up. 'It gave me the chance to take a shot to show their beauty, elegance and fragility.'

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + 300mm f2.8 lens + converter; 1/250 sec at f4.8; ISO 320; Gitzo tripod; flash.


Monte Grappa, Veneto, Italy: latitude 45.85, longitude 11.7333 Monte Grappa, Veneto, Italy: latitude 45.85, longitude 11.7333

Monte Grappa, Veneto, Italy

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Valter Binotto

Valter Binotto, Italy

I am an amateur photographer and live in an area which is fortunately still quite natural. I favour nature photography of my area: the mountains, hills and rivers. I like to program my photography work and, at the same time, do some research work. To reach this objective, during a specific period of time, I tend to concentrate on a particular animal species, on a particular environment or on a particular technique I often prepare audiovisual (multivision) works which I use to promote the knowledge and love of nature.

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