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Arco Rock Star 2018, PRO category winner John Thornton. Climbers: Matteo Furlan and Francesco Zerbi.
Photo by John Thornton
Arco Rock Star 2018, PRO category second place Giovanni Danieli. Climbers: Giovanni Zaccaria, Alessandro Baù and Alice Lazzaro.
Photo by Giovanni Danieli
Arco Rock Star 2018, PRO category third place Matteo Mocellin. Climbers: Peter Moser, Andrea Salvadori and Giorgia Verì.
Photo by Matteo Mocellin
Arco Rock Star 2018 La Sportiva Anniversary Prize: Matteo Pavana, climbers: Michele Bort, Luca Forti
Photo by Matteo Pavana

John Thornton wins climbing photography contest Arco Rock Star 2018

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The third edition of Arco Rock Star, the annual climbing photography competition during the Adventure Awards Days Festival, was won on Sunday 23 April by British pro photographer John Thornton. Giovanni Danieli. Giovanni Danieli took second place while Matteo Mocellin took third. The Open category was won by Graziano Galvagni for the second year running, while the La Sportiva Anniversary Prize was won by Matteo Pavana.


The best outdoor photographers in Europe met in Arco in the Garda Trentino region of Northern Italy for the third edition of Arco Rock Star, the international climbing photography contest. Nine pro photographers from five European countries challenged each other last weekend, searching for the best climbing photograph.

The diversity and beauty of the territory and its mountains inspired beautiful photographs that, not without considerable difficulty, the jury had to judge in order to award the prizes provided by Garda Trentino, Climbing Technology, La Sportiva, f-stop Gear and Vertival Life: 500 euros for the first place in the OPEN category, 1500 euros for the winner of the PRO category and climbing material for all. The jury was composed of Giampaolo Calzà, photographer, Robbie Shone, National Geographic photographer, Nicholas Hobley, planetmountain.com editor, Marianna Zanatta, outdoor manager, and by the Arco Rock Star organisers.

First place in the PRO category went to the British photographer John Thornton, awarded for his ability to recount the spirit of climbing and at the same time to represent its athletic gesture in harmony with the territory and the landscape. In his team there were Matteo Furlan and Francesco Zerbi. Second place went toGiovanni Danieli, winner of the past edition, third place went to Matteo Mocellin.

The La Sportiva Anniversary Prize, that celebrates “vintage” climbing, went to Matteo Pavana. On Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at the Muse of Trento museum La Sportiva will stage its 90th Anniversary Party, the event open to the entire population of Trentino and extended to mountain enthusiasts and it protagonists in general.

First place in the OPEN category went to Graziano Galvagni, awarded primarily for his creativity as well as for the quality of his two photographs.

The awards ceremony took place during the Adventure Awards Days, the International Festival of Exploration, and was held on Sunday evening at Palazzo Marchetti in Arco in front a great crowd.

Info: www.arcorockstar.it - www.adventureawards.it

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