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Daisy Gilardini

Daisy Gilardini

Daisy Gilardini is based in Lugano, Ticino, the sunshine state of Switzerland. She started taking photography seriously during her first trip to India in 1989 and since then has visited more than 65 countries with camera in hand. She fell in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997 and since then has spent most of her time photographing the Polar Regions.

Daisy’s images have been published internationally in leading magazines and organizations, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Audubon, The Telegraph, Outdoor Photography, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, among many others. Her work received awards at the most prestigious international photo contests such as the “IPA International Photography Award”, “BBC Wildlife photographer of the year”, “Photography Master Award”, “Travel Photography of the Year” and “Nature’s Best”. In April 2010 Daisy will have the great honor to be part of the jury of the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” considered as the “Oscars” of nature photography photo contest.

Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to disseminate conservation messages and inspire others to respect and preserve our fragile planet. She strongly believes in the education of younger generations, impressionable minds that will one day become the decision-makers of the future.
In 2008 under the patronage of the International Polar Year and in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, her work on Polar Regions and global warming issues was shaped into a solo educational exhibit aimed at young people.
The exhibition has been successfully displayed in various indoor and outdoor venues in Switzerland and now Daisy is hoping to take this exhibition around Europe and abroad. For her dedication in environmental issues, in fall 2009, Daisy has been accepted as a member of the Emerging League of iLCP the International League of Conservation Photographers

For Daisy, photography means extreme adventure:
"Being a nature and animal lover, I always choose remote destinations. The mystery of these wild places, the force of nature and isolation from civilization combined with extreme adventure, are simply irresistible for me. As a woman I’ve never been fussy and I have the ability to adapt to any surroundings. In my mind, logistical or physical difficulties pale in comparison to the beauty of the places I visit.”
“My photographs come from the heart. I love the Natural World and the joy that being there brings. This passion has grown into a lifelong commitment to educate and inspire others with the hope to help conserving our fragile Planet.”

Type of photography: nature and Wildlife photograher
Favorite Camera and Lens: Nikon D3X , Nikkor 200/400mm f4, Nikkor 80/200mm f2.8, Nikkor 24/70mm f2.8
Favorite Tripod set: GITZO TRIPOD GT3530LS, GITZO HEAD GH3780QR
Activity: specialized in nature and wildlife photography in the polar regions
City: Lugano
Country: Switzerland



Awards:
2010 judge in the BBC Wildlife photographer of the year

TRAVELER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2009
2nd place in the “wonders of Nature” with the portfolio“White”

BBC WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2009
One image “Specially commended” in the “Black and white” category

IPA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2009
3rd place in People - Lifestyle professional category and Honorable mention in Deeper perspective professional with the portfolio "Cowboys and Horses”

Honorable mention in Editorial – Environmental professional category and Honorable mention in Deeper perspective professional with the portfolio “The dark side of Midway Atoll”

PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CUP 2008
2 images Nominee in the Wildlife category

PDN Photo District News – Faces photo contest 2008
2 images awarded in the Self-portrait category and Animal portrait

NATURE’S BEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2008
One images “HIGHLY HONORED”
Exhibition at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC - USA

IPA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2007
2nd place in Nature in professional category for "The blue beauty" image
3rd place in Nature in professional category for "The melting globe" image

NATURE’S BEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2007
One images “HIGHLY HONORED”

IPA INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2006
One image “Honorable mention” in the Landscapes category

BBC WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2006
One image “Highly commended” in the “Wild Places” category

TRAVELER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2005
9th in the “TRAVELER’S TALE” category
17th in the “GO BEYOND” category
23rd in the “GO BEYOND” category

NATURE’S BEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2005
One image “HIGHLY HONORED”

TRAVELER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2004
Winner of the “LIVING PLANET” category
Second overall
Fifth in the “SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE” category

NATURE’S BEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2003
Two images “HIGHLY HONORED”
Exhibition at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC - USA

BANCO DI LUGANO “water 2003”
Third prize

LA REGIONE TICINO “the millennium picture 2000”
First prize winner of a VOLVO car

Website: www.daisygilardini.com - http://blog.daisygilardini.com
Quote: The future belong to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams (Eleanor Roosvelt) - No one could make a greater mistake than who did nothing because he could do only a little (Edmund Burke)
Publications: Partial list
National Geographic – USA
National Geographic Adventure - USA
Smithsonian - USA
Nature’s Best – USA
The Telegraph Magazine - UK
Quark Expeditions - USA
Condé Nast Traveler - UK
Ranger Rick – USA
National Wildlife Federation – USA
Greenpeace - USA
WWF - USA
Holland American Line – USA
Sunday times – UK
NIKON - NL
The Guardian - UK
Shoot the light – USA
Outdoor Photography – UK
Wanderlust – UK
Korsh Verlag - Germany
Magazine Trajectoire – CH
Magazine Airone – Italy
Magazine Tuttoturismo - Italy
Newspaper Dimanche.ch – CH
Magazine Newland – CH
Magazine Hors Ligne – CH
Magazine Animan – CH
Newspaper Azione – CH
Magazine Ticino Management – CH
Newspaper Corriere del Ticino – CH
Magazine Journal – CH
Panorama Travel - Italy

Product Testimonial: While on location photographing wildlife quite often there is little time for decisions. One has to be always ready and respond quickly in order to catch that fraction of a second that can capture a particular gesture or special glimpse into the behavior of the animal.
It is essential to be able to trust the equipment and knowing that everything will go smoothly, provides that extra confidence for success.

Equipment:

Nikon D3X and D300
Nikkor 300mm f2.8
Nikkor 200/400mm f4
Nikkor 80/200mm f2.8
Nikkor 24/70mm f2.8
Nikkor 17/35mm f2.8
Nikkor 14mm f2.8
Nikon teleconverter TC-14EII
Nikon teleconverter TC17EII

Lighting Equipment:
Nikon SB800



 

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