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Explorer: Franco Banfi

Explorer: Franco Banfi

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Biography

Franco Banfi

Franco Banfi specialises in underwater photography and has won many awards for his work including in the Travel Photographer Of The Year 2011, in which he won the ‘Spirit of Adventures Portfolio’ and ‘Best Single Image’ categories. He was also the overall winner in the Nature’s Best Photography Ocean View Photo Contest 2011, for his image of a Beluga whale, as well as winner of the overall ‘Nature and Underwater’ category in the 2010 International Photography Awards (IPA) competition.

Wildlife photography started out as a hobby for him back in the early 1980s, but it very quickly became a passion. For the last 10 years Franco has worked professionally as a freelance underwater photographer, working for magazines such as Animan, Focus, GEO, National Geographic Italy and Terre Sauvage. He also teaches fellow photographers and travellers the art of underwater photography. Franco has had several books published, including ‘Underwater Planet’.

Franco Banfi says: “My mission is to underline the beauty and the uniqueness of the creatures hidden underwater; to share my experiences and my knowledge with people who are approaching the wild world, and to show the underwater world to enhance its respect.” Franco is a member of the Wild Wonders of Europe’s dream team photographers and the International Environment Photographers Association (IEPA).



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Cameras:
  • 2x EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • PowerShot G15
Lenses:
  • EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
  • EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF1.4x II Extender
  • EF12 II Extension Tube
Accessories:
  • 2x Speedlite 600EX-RT flashguns
  • TC-80N3 cable remote controls
  • Gitzo and Manfrotto tripods
  • Lowepro backpacks and rolling cases
  • HPRC Watertight cases
  • Seacam underwater housing
  • Seacam 150 underwater strobes

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