Career Achievement Award

On Saturday March 24th, Stefano was honered to collect, from the hand of his close friend Emanuele Biggi, a Career Achievement Award: theAnello Verde‘. This important award is given for his – almost – 20 years in the field working as nature and conservation photographer.



 Photos Stéphanie Francoise

Macaques on TV

Stefano spoke live at the popular TV show GEO (Tuesday, February 22nd) about his latest work with the Sulawesi crested black macaques shot on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. The story ‘A Fight for Survival‘ is published in the March issue of the Magazine. Recently, the IUCN sets the crested black macaques as among the world’s 25 most endangered primates.


 The interview starts at 01:48:10 – Photo © Marco Colombo

Macaques on National Geographic!

I took the first images to this rare, and odd-looking, macaque during 2007. Eight years later, I’ve been returned to Indonesia, on assignment for National Geographic, to document the plight of the Sulawesi crested-black macaque (Macaca nigra). Today, I…

New story in the Magazines

Stefano new story ‘The urban falcon’ got a successful start and a great welcome from Magazines around the globe! This month, the story is featured by BBC Wildlife Magazine and in a 18-pages article by National Geographic Italy. The story will appear la…

Stefano at GEO TV show!

On Tuesday, November 22nd, Stefano spoke live at the popular TV show GEO, where he presented his new upcoming photo story: ‘The urban falcon’. More soon…


 The interview starts at 01:36:21


Winner – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016!

I’m pleased to announce that, once again, one of my photograph is among the winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Yearcompetition! A very special image indeed: I took this photograph – ‘Spirit of the mountains’ – near my home, in my beloved Valsavarenche in Italy’s Gran Paradiso National Park.


‘Spirit of the mountains’ (© Stefano Unterthiner). Winner – Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016


I created this image during a long-term assignment for National Geographic magazine, and it is displayed in my latest book Il sentiero perduto (Ylaios, 2015). With this photograph I wanted to capture the magic of this wild, wonderful region – the mountains of my childhood, for which I’ll keep fighting for more protection.


Prix Mondial de l’image de montagne

“Il sentiero perduto” has been published in April 2015. Since then, we had an incredible success from both the readers and the book competitions. In 2015, “Il sentiero perduto” was among the finalists at the prestigious “Banff Mountain Book Competition”. Today, we are delighted to announce a new award for our latest book, the “Prix Mondial de l’image de montagne 2016”, from the international mountain book fair of Passy (France).


This is an honour for me as a photographer and it’s a great success for my wife Stéphanie as a little publisher.



Back to fieldwork

After completing the Gran Paradiso project, Stefano is back in the field to work on a new long-term project in the Apennine. More coming soon…


A lone wolf (© 2016 Stefano Unterthiner)


A new National Geographic assignment completed!

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We are just back home from a new, exhausting, exciting National Geographic assignment! A truly “family” assignment, see the photo below… A two months trip in the forest of North Sulawesi documenting one of the most amazing primate on Earth. More soon, stay tuned!


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Photo by Stéphanie Unterthiner / National Geographic 2015