Giancarlo Gallinoro

Expedition Guide

Giancarlo is an adventurer, nature photographer, videographer and educator with a focus on the Arctic and other cold regions since 2017. With his work, he strives to instil awe of the natural world and to inspire people to take action to preserve it. Over the years, Giancarlo has taken on a variety of roles, ranging from expedition guide, photographer and educator on board vessels in Svalbard, Greenland and Antarctica, to content creator for nature conservation and rewilding organisations, to cinematographer and drone operator on nature documentaries, to photography workshop leader. With nature conservation being his primary focus, Giancarlo is also an accomplished visual effects artist and teacher with extensive experience in the film industry.

“The hope that my work can have such an impact on others is what keeps me going…”

Personal Note

As a child, I was fortunate to spend my holidays in the breathtaking mountainous regions of central Italy. It was there that I fell in love with nature, exploring the outdoors, tracking wildlife, and skiing amidst the magnificent landscapes. My connection with the natural world was established long before I even held my first camera, and it has been a driving force in my life ever since.

I vividly recall the pivotal moment when my fascination with cold and remote places took hold. At the age of eight, I watched a documentary about Greenland, with its icebergs, glaciers, and polar bears roaming the snowy hills. My young mind was captivated, and a seed was planted that has remained with me throughout the years. Hours were spent lost in the pages of a photography book on the Arctic, dreaming of the day I would explore those incredible landscapes for myself.

Little did I know that my dream would eventually become a reality. I immersed myself in photography, learning to capture and freeze those moments and places I held dear. It felt like a natural extension of my love for nature and a means to share its beauty with others.

Inspiration for my work comes from a multitude of sources, but I find myself particularly invigorated in cold and harsh environments. The struggle and challenges they present push me to be present, focused, and truly immersed in the moment. Stepping out of my comfort zone and facing the elements fuels my creativity and drive.

Throughout my journey, I have discovered and admired the work of many talented photographers. Paul Nicklen, with his ability to tell conservation stories through photography, has been a significant inspiration. Benjamin Hardman and Stian Klo captivate me with their unique color palettes and styles. And Konsta Punkka’s dynamic wildlife portraits never cease to amaze me.

Ecology and sustainable development are at the core of my photographic production. I believe that we all have a responsibility to preserve and protect the natural world, regardless of where we live. While it’s easy to succumb to despair when confronted with the challenges our planet faces, I strive to focus on the beauty, diversity, and intrinsic worth of nature. Through my photography, I aim to inspire others to take action and join the cause of conservation.

In my journey as a nature and wildlife photographer, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing many incredible moments. One anecdote that stands out is my encounter with a wolf in the central Apennines. After weeks of research and countless hours waiting, I was on the verge of giving up. But just when I thought all hope was lost, a wolf crossed the road right in front of me. It was an unexpected and exhilarating moment, and I managed to capture a few precious seconds of footage. To this day, I can’t help but shake my head in amazement when recalling that incredible encounter.

Choosing a single significant captured instant from my repertoire is a challenging task. However, there’s one photograph that holds a special place in my heart. It was taken in Svalbard, an arctic fox curled up on a dark scree against a misty background. This image represents the realization of a lifelong dream to visit and explore the Arctic. More importantly, it embodies the sense of awe and wonder that I strive to convey through my work.

Meet Giancarlo

For a more personal connection and to stay updated with Giancarlo’s latest adventures, conservation efforts, and photographic endeavors, we encourage you to connect with him on Instagram, LinkedIn or via his website.

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