Franco Banfi

“Clear blue,fresh and iced waters…and their intriguing fauna.”
The Earth is a watery place. But just how much water exists on, in, and above our planet?

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, about 332.5 million mi3 of water, the oceans hold about 96.5 percent, the rest is ice, glacier, lakes, river, some in the ground and even in the atmosphere.

I was always attracted from what lives underwater and I focused more than 30 years of my photographic activity to document animals that live under the water surface.
On my talk I will present some of my recent projects. The result of several expeditions self organized to document species not so well known in their environment, also sometimes using special techniques.

The talk will start to the Caribbean in the island of Dominica where we encounter the sperm whales, the largest of the toothed whales, plunging to depth more then 2,000 metres to move to Brazil in the South Mato Grosso visiting spring and rivers, to finish in the Svalbard archipelago.

BIO: Franco Banfi is a professional wildlife photographer, well known for his expertise and accuracy in underwater imaging. Recently he specialized in leading photo expeditions and in giving workshops and seminars about photography in different locations.

Since long time, he has become known around the world for his versatility. He has meticulously documented a lot of uncommon animals and locations, wildlife and human relationship with nature, in environments from the Equator to the Poles. His reportages have been published in countless publications and renowned magazines around the world (to named the few : GEO, National Geographic, Animan, Focus, Red Bull magazine, Terre Sauvage)

Franco is an award-winning photographer (World Champion in underwater photography in Cuba) and he regularly get top honours from the more prestigious international photo-competitions as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), Nature’s Best, International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards)

Franco is an Explorer of Ambassadors programme of Canon Europe.