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

Valter seeks to promote nature conservation through his photography. He believes that if people respect nature, we will be able to protect it and raise awareness for future generations. Valter works with nature conservation associations to organise events connected to nature and photography.

  • Simplicity
  • Wind composition