The panel of the “Fotografare il Parco” international contest, organised by the Stelvio, Gran Paradiso, Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise, and Vanoise National Parks together with Swarovski Optik Italia, has chosen the winners of the 12th edition, among 3,000 pictures submitted by 373 authors.The panel had to take difficult decisions, given the high level of the participating pictures; here are the outcomes. 
Gianluca Damiani from Rome won the first prize with his photograph, titled “Apparizioni fugaci” (“Fleeting appearance”). The fugacity of a wolf spotting is very evocatively rendered thanks to the morning mist and the image’s peculiar composition.
“Gazè Moonlight” by Thomas Delahaye from Pralognan la Vanoise is the peculiar picture of a diurnal butterfly photographed at night-time, standing out against a sky of artificial lights, which won the second prize.
The third prize was awarded to “Tulipano di montagna” (“Mountain tulip”) by Lorenzo Shoubridge from Lido di Camaiore: the subject of the picture becomes its sole protagonist thanks to the skilful use of focus.
The best picture in the “Park landscapes” category is “Contrasti di luce” (“Light contrast”) by Elisabetta Faccin from Valdagno: the Larcher mountain hut overlooks steep walls and glacial moraines in a black-and-white contrast.