Solidified lava versus Forest

PhotographerPlacido Faranda
Prize2nd Place in Nature / Aerial
Entry Description

This picture was taken in Sicily. Those waves of lava are from Etna's big eruption back in 2002, this eruption was so spectacular that was recorded by Lucasfilm and integrated into the landscape of the planet Mustafar in the 2005 film Star Wars.

About Photographer

Placido Faranda is an award-winning aerial photographer whose style is a constant quest for landscapes colors and contrasts. He has been passionate about photography for the past 10 years, combining DSLR and mirrorless camera to shoot travel and street photography.  In 2016 he starts focusing solely on drone photography. His very distinctive top-down aerial style gains quickly international attention on social media (TOP 50 aerial photographer of 2016 on worldwide famous Instagram community @FROMWHEREIDRONE).  In 2017 his picture “Lady in Red” was a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards (category: travel) selected among 227,000 images entered from 183 countries. The same picture was chosen by the World Photography Organization to be part of the Sony Awards Traveling Exhibitions in London, Milan, Paris and Berlin. A couple of months later another of his pictures, "Solidified Lava versus Forest"  was awarded second place at the 2017 PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris (category: landscape). The same picture got worldwide exposure making it to National Geographic homepage as “Picture of the day” in USA, Cina, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Brazil and Portugal. In October 2017 "Solidified Lava versus Forest" was awarded second place at the IPA, International Photography Awards, and chosen by the curator for the "IPA Best of Show" exhibition in New York. Website: www.placidofaranda.com Instagram:@plaround