Travel Photographer of the Year 2017: Highly commended in the Primary Colours category and finalist in another two categories.
Commended photographer in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition.
Every winter I spend a week in the Alps and I simply love Madonna di Campiglio (Trentino, Italy). Dolomites are my favourite!
For two years in a row I happened to stay at Hotel Europa. It is a very cosy hotel, the staff is super friendly and the food is simply excellent. Furthermore, very important for us, they have no problem taking us as a family of four: my wife Dania, myself, my not-so-small dog Coda and my pussycat Alya.
We became friends with the lovely owners and, because of that, one day I planned and took the shot you see above, which I offered them as a present.
I love the snow and the fairy tale mood of Christmas time in the mountains. I do also very much like the lights and decorations. I loved all this as a child and I still love it as a grown up!
How did I take this picture? I bracketed my shots in order to cover the entire dynamic range of the scene (-2, 0, +2 stops). Then I used an HDR software (Photomatix Pro) to get the (almost) final image.
Just to be clear, I did not shoot the entire hotel and I did not make any money out of it. I am writing good things about Hotel Europa as a happy customer, because I really had a good time there. You can find their website here.
To be completely honest with you, I actually did make a little bit of money from my stay in Madonna di Campiglio. The picture below is one of my best selling images as a print and received an editor's pick on GuruShots.
Guess what? I took it from the balcony of my room at Hotel Europa!