I’m pleased to announce that, once again, one of my photograph is among the winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition! 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.