“ I remember the first time I held a camera in my hands, it was my father’s old Rolleflex and I was just a little kid. I was fascinated by the world reflected into the big top viewfinder, like a more soft and accessible reality where I could submerge myself quietly. Since that moment my interest in photography has never dwindled. Instead my camera has become my third eye and my filter to the world."
Antonio Busiello is an award-winning photographer known for his focus on the relationship between man and the natural world that surrounds him. A native of Italy, Antonio study anthropology at the University of Naples, where he developed a deep interest in mankind and its cultural differences. Soon after he started traveling the world, concentrating on photography. He lived in Central America for many years before moving to California and now to London.
In 2010 his passion and love for nature brought him to Africa where he shot “Storm Gathering,” a photograph that captured first prize in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in the black and white category. Later that same image was included in the "Best Wildlife Images of the Last 50 years," published by London's Natural History Museum in 2015.
By combining his interest in humankind and his passion for the natural world, Antonio has created numerous photographic essays. These include, among others, Pride from Atacama, Camp of Shame and The Cullatore, the opening photograph in his anthropological project about the Festival of the Lillies in Italy which won the gold medal from the prestigious Royal Photographic Society.
In 2015 the World Wildlife Fund hired him to shoot its global campaign, starting a productive collaboration that takes Antonio to different parts of the world.
One year later his photograph "Sinking Venice” was chosen as part of the CIWEM - Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition held at the Royal Geographic Society in London, the third time his work was so honored. In that same year Antonio started freelancing for the renown Italian magazine DOVE also. His first assignment focused on Naples, his hometown.
Antonio's storytelling through photography has caught the interest of museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and London's Natural History Museum which have featured his work. Additionally, his images have appeared in a wide variety of media such as National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, Washington Post, Time, Scuba Diving Magazine, Discovery Channel, BBC Wildlife, and the Huffington Post, among others.
In California Antonio is working on an ongoing extensive project about the Channel Islands. A number of his images are part of the permanent exhibition at the National Park Visitor Center in Ventura, California, including his famous “Anacapa Arch”, which has became the Park's iconic image.