Photographes animaliers

Marco URSO

Photographe Italien

Marco began to photograph when he was a teenager. His first camera was a a basic rangefinder. That time he used to develop and print on his own. He won his first photo contest at the age of nineteen, with a reportage on Venice. Deeply convinced that traveling influences our lives in a positive way, after his studies in Medicine he won a scholarship at the National Institute of Cardiology of Mexico City, where he stayed for nine months. When he came back he accepted a job in a completely different field, becoming the general manager of an important international tour operator.

Consequently his working life changed completely. He studied new subjects, instead of Physiology he had to deal with Macroeconomics, and his knowledge of Pharmacology and Clinics had to leave room to budgets and human resources challenges. He also felt the pressure of commercial goals. In those years he founded two magazines, a cultural association for travelers, and for a period he was the president of the Italian Youth Travel Association. It was a period of some 30 years of opportunities, success and challenges which brought him around the world , but with the wrong “pace” to get the real meaning of life. He realized that life gives us a book and it is up to us to take the opportunity to read more than a page. He therefore changed his life , leaving a career at the top with a lot of privileges and a comfortable style of living and began a much simple life, but richer of emotions and with more time for his passion of ever: Photography.

He does prefer wildlife and travel photography, and he believes they have much in common: both require technique, quick feeling for composition, and knowledge of what you are taking picture of. He discovered a new interest for the human being, now seen as citizen of a world to discover, while the past studies of Biology and Physiology suddenly helped in understanding the behavior of an animal species. Curiosity created the will to dig into things with photography, together with the  commitment to preserve nature and its beauty.

Light and composition are his main concerns in taking a picture and he devotes just a limited amount of time to post production.

Only in the latest three years he has been awarded in more than one hundred and fifty International  Photo Contests, among them National Geographic, Travel Photographer of the Year, Hasselblad Awards, Nature Best ,European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Big Print, Glanzlichter.

His pictures have been exhibited in Washington, San Francisco, London, Koln, Singapore, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Dublin, Tokyo and in the major Italian cities. He visited  seventy-four countries.

He writes and publishes articles and pictures on Oasis, Natura, Asferico, Image Mag, Go Nordic.

He is member of CFM Milan, FIAF , FIAP and GDT. He has been also responsible for Lombardy for AFNI, Italian Association of Wildlife Photographers. He recently became part of the Italian Wildlife National Team winning the gold medal at the World Championship in 2014. In 2015 he entered the Travel Photography National Team winning as well the gold medal at the World Contest. He has been the author the most awarded author in Italy in 2015.

Wildlife Photography World Champion 2016. 

In 2017 he has been appointed ” the best Italian Author” and a book,  “Emotions” has published about his works.

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