Winners 2013

First prize € 8000 - Luigi Lineri

The jury evaluated Luigi Lineri’s research on the stones of the river Adige in the Zevio (Verona) area as meeting all the criteria of the competition. In particular, the prize acknowledges his extraordinary capacity to merge many profound meanings: perception of time, attachment to a territory, and the science and poetry of form. It also acknowledges the dedication, meticulousness and perseverance with which he has developed his passion. These are the composite elements of dense research, which have been stratified over the course of years, until they create a kaleidoscope of inflections and references that reassert the paradigms of our times.


Luigi Lineri (Albaro 1937), researcher, composer of forms and thinker. In the early phases of his research, he primarily studied dialectal poetry, for which he won many prestigious awards. In 1964, he added an interest in prehistory to his love for poetry. He began to collect stones from the Adige river in Zevio, where his lives with his wife and two children. With the passage of time, reoccurring forms emerged from this analysis and exploration of the pebble bed of the river (the fish, the woman, the sheep, the dagger, the phallus), which Lineri imagined as the alphabet of a previous population. Putting aside his poetic experiences, in 1985 he dedicated himself almost exclusively to cataloguing the stones of the Adige: in the barn of his house, he has collected his selection and arranged them into a unique museum in which the admiration of form becomes both science and poetry.   


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Second prize € 4000 - Mario Andreoli

The jury evaluated Mario Andreoli’s passion as meeting the criteria of the competition. The prize is a gesture of admiration for a man who for more than 50 years, with salvaged materials and great humanity, has climbed up and down his hills in the Cinque Terre (La Spezia), giving everyone a dream made out of lights.

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Mario Andreoli (Manarola 1928), railway worker and builder, has transformed his hills in Manarola (La Spezia), 4,000 square meters of terraces which were once vineyards, into a complete work of art. Since 1961, completely on his own, he has creatively assembled salvaged materials, such as windows, old signs, canisters and iron rods, into an enormous nativity scene of almost 300 figures – shepherds, sheep, angels, castles, dolphins, etc. Thanks to eight kilometres of cables and thousands of light bulbs, Andreoli illuminates the figures after dark, offering a free spectacle of lights to the many visitors. Self-taught, very humble and tenacious, he works on his creation throughout the entire year: he starts to assemble his characters in November, lights up the nativity from the 8th December until the end of January, then dismantles it and repairs the figures in his small laboratory in the hills. Then, modifying them with tubes, he reuses the same figures to create the Stations of the Cross during the Easter period.
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Third prize € 2000 - Sabrina D’Alessandro

The jury evaluated Sabrina D’Alessandro’s passion as corresponding, in various ways, to the criteria of the competition. Her project of salvage and promotion of vanished words, as well as being highly useful to life on earth, is the result of enthusiastic dedication, developed with abundance and interpretive creativity. What emerges is a passion at once cultured and playful, with which she has navigated dictionaries, lexicons and books, uncovering innumerable words which are vanishing, and inventing new ways to resuscitate them


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Sabrina D’Alessandro (Milan 1975) has always been a collector of unusual words, often archaic or fallen out of usage. She gathers them by exploring old books and people’s conversations. Her passion is just this, to research, catalogue and creatively reinstate words which would otherwise remain forgotten. After her classical studies, she graduated in industrial design and began working in creative advertising, in art direction and copywriting. Over the years, her research deepened until it became a project somewhere between art and linguistics, called Ufficio Resurrezione, meaning “resurrection office” (www.ufficioresurrezione.com
). The aim of the project is to restore extinct words to the global memory, by transforming them into works of art, images, things and actions: in a word, “resurrecting” them. Her work takes inspiration from the visual arts to literature, from video to performance art. In 2011, Rizzoli published her “Il libro delle parole altrimenti smarrite” (“The book of words otherwise lost”), and in 2012 published the “Archivio 1 dell’Ufficio Resurrezione” (Archive 1 of the Resurrection Office), an illustrated glossary of the words she has investigated and represented in four years of research. Currently, she is continuing with her project both in terms of artistic production and through educational activities, collaborating with schools, cultural centres and art galleries.


Passion turned profession - Antonio Dattis

First prize, € 3000

The jury judged Antonio Dattis’s passion for lute-making as meeting all the criteria of the competition. In particular, they noted his worthy desire to transform the profession itself, taking on unusual challenges such as the creation of antique and rare instruments, including the octobass. His is an attentive and at times visionary research of forms and materials, driven by great personal passion.


Antonio Dattis (Manduria 1965), restorer, cabinet-maker, lute-maker. From the age of eight, he began to frequent a carpenter’s workshop. After his apprenticeship years in Ubaldo Milizia’s studio, he continued to enrich his professional knowledge with creative spirit, dedication and innate passion for things that inspire wonder. His discovery of lute-making, for him, is the synthesis of the art of carpentry. He began by repairing musical instruments, then, with the help of Taranto native and lute-maker Alfredo Baroni, student of the Bolognese lute-maker Ansaldo Poggi, he completed his studies. In his studio in Taranto, he restores antique furniture, but his greatest passion remains lute-making. His expert works include the second working copy in the world of the octobass, a double-bass with three chords measuring 3.74 meters high, desired by Hector Berlioz in 1849, now kept in a museum in Phoenix.


Passion turned profession - Buttervilla Farm

Second prize € 2000

The jury evaluated the passion of Robert Hocking and his family for seeds and cultivation as meeting the criteria of the competition. From the passion for seeds and traditional cultivation techniques, Buttervilla Farm was born. It is a skilled farming production, today admired by some of the best restaurants in England. The prize goes to a family who believed in the use of ancient cultivation techniques, in biodiversity, in the value of the flavour of food and who today proposes a model of sustainable agriculture. 

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Buttervilla Farm nestles in a beautiful valley a mile from St Germans and just two miles from the South Cornwall coast. It is situated on the historic Port Eliot estate which Napoleon, gazing at Port Eliot land from the sea as he sailed into exile, said was the most beautiful place in England. Heritage tomatoes, fruits and herbs and vegetables are grown here by Robert and Gill Hocking, and their sons Harry and Marky Souter. Robert has been growing organically for more than thirty years, originally to sustain a self-sufficient lifestyle - rearing rare breed cattle, sheep, chickens and geese and growing enough vegetables and fruit to provide fantastic tasting and healthy meals for his family. The animals, apart from the chickens, have gone, along with most of the children. The farmhouse has been converted into a funky B&B and the 15 acres are used to grow 14 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, gariguette and mara des bois strawberries along with a range of raspberries and herbs.



Passion turned profession - Luca Gianotti

Third prize € 1000

The jury evaluated Luca Gianotti’s passion for hiking as meeting the criteria of the competition. In particular, they appreciated the patience, creativity and courage with which he transformed his passion for hiking into a heartfelt and profound job, which searches for new ways for people to relate to the environment.

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Luca Gianotti (Modena 1961) is a guide for trekking and mountain walking. A graduate in philosophy, he is one of the founders of Compagnia dei Cammini, a cultural association which aims to spread hiking culture. A skilled ski-mountaineer, he has conducted several important alpine expeditions, including the crossing of Vatnajokull (Iceland), the biggest glacier in the world, and the ascent of Khan Tengri (7010m) in Thien Shan (on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan). His “works” also include the crossing of the Algerian Sahara on mountain bike. He has hiked in many parts of the world, from Patagonia to Thailand, from Albania to Cape Verde, from Socotra (Yemen) to Norway; he favours Mediterranean hiking: Greece Turkey, and Italy’s south and islands. In Italy he has created several trekking routes, including the Sentiero Spallanzani in the Appennino reggiano, for which he also published a guide. He has led hiking groups in Sardinia, Crete, Cape Verde, Majella, Pollino, Murgia, Salento, Corsica, Gargan and Samos, dedicated to developing the themes of hiking as therapy, and he holds meditative hiking courses. On this subject, he has started a specific project on Deep Walking. For Ediciclo, in 2011, he produced the book “l’arte del camminare” (the art of walking).




Scientific and technological innovation - PeR

First prize, € 3000

The jury evaluated the passion of the group responsible for the Renewable Energy Park as meeting all the criteria of the competition. In particular, it was considered worthy of first prize for its practical capacity, that is, for having put into practice, in a single location, a large part of the “green” techniques currently available to achieve sustainable energy, combining practical experimentation with raising awareness, hospitality and education. 

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The Renewable Energy Park was created in 1999, after the purchase of an old ruin in the province of Terni. The aim of the group was to reactivate the area, starting with agriculture, in order to give a shape to the founders’ ideas of an ecological system, and to carry out activities of spreading awareness and training.

The Park’s themes consider several elementary concepts: avoid energy waste through construction of load-bearing structures in Isotex blocks (composed of cement and mineralised wood), clad in traditional stone walls; elimination of thermal bridges; and insulated roofing. Another concept at the base of the Park is integrated distribution of energy: the farmhouse is heated by underfloor radiant heating; daytime light is filtered into dark rooms by a system of lenses and mirrors. In winter, warm air is generated by a small but highly efficient (and cost-effective) solar air heating system, while in summer cool air diffuses through the spaces using underground geothermal systems. In some southern-facing areas, natural circulation is achieved by drawing cool air from a north-facing wood. The water comes from rainfall gathered on the roof surfaces. The use of water is optimal: grey water is collected from drains and, after biofiltration, is used for watering the garden. The production of hot water for the bathrooms and for supporting the heating system, is achieved thanks to solar panels installed on the roof. New photovoltaic grids with a thin film are installed on the roof, to produce electric energy. Energy needs are met by two wind-power generators which exploit the local breeze, together with a generator running on vegetable oil (grown and pressed on-site). Two large tanks of 4000 lt. collect the heat produced by the solar panels and the biomass heaters (powered mostly by pelletized agricultural refuse), providing the hot water for baths and heating. In summer, the excess heat produced is sent to an outdoor hydro massage tub. Next to the main building, a replicable prototype of a passive house has been created, which is also one of the apartments used for Park guests. It is an example of an ecological house, autonomously powered, which anyone can construct, at a similar cost to a traditional house. The agricultural activity is based on protecting and promoting biodiversity. Today the Park is the Centre of Environmental Education (CEA) of the national network (INFEA) and Educational Farms in the Umbria region. The Park welcomes numerous scholars for educational visits and study trips. It is equipped with classrooms for training courses on energy, the environment and agriculture. The Renewable Energy Park is a project by: Maria Chiara Flugy Papè (Palermo 1974); Alessandro Ronca (Roma 1967); Maurizio Ferrario (Roma 1950).



Scientific and technological innovation - F. Genna

Second prize, €2,000.00

The jury evaluated Francesca Genna’s passion as meeting the criteria of the competition. Her prize acknowledges the way in which she has combined her passion for teaching and engraving with in-depth research and experimentation of nontoxic methods for the operators.

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Francesca Genna (Trapani 1967) fell in love with engraving in the ‘90s, at the Accademia di Belle Arti and the Scuola di Specializzazione Grafica Il Bisonte in Florence. In 2001, she began teaching at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Palermo, where she became interested in alternative systems with low environmental impact. As she researched, she documented her work online, and formed many international collaborations, include the Facultad de Bellas Artes at the Universidad de Barcelona, the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, and with the researchers of Columbia College in Chicago. In 2009 she published her first technical-scientific text in Italian “Incisione Sostenibile, nuovi materiali e metodi dell’area non-toxic” (Sustainable engraving, nontoxic materials and methods) (Trapani, Navarra editore, 2009). She curates educational exhibitions, thematic events, meetings and workshops. Her experimentations on “Laboratory Hypotheses” held at the Accademia de Belle Arti in Palermo in 2005 has today become a specific course dedicated to sustainable engraving.



Scientific and technological innovation-INDIEVIDUI

Third prize, € 1000 

The jury evaluated the Indievidui group’s passion as meeting the criteria of the competition. The prize acknowledges their capacity to merge different technologies (recordings, video, internet) with the aim of promoting musical talent and abandoned places. 

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INDIEVIDUI is a geo-musical project of urban improvement and redevelopment, produced as channels on the YouTube platform, which aim to promote a critical sensibility for emerging Italian music (specifically, to begin with, music from the Campania region) and give prominence to the territories from which every single “Indieviduo” comes from. Indievidui is a project by: Saverio Monda 1983, Micaela De Bernardo 1987, Nunzia Scala 1987, Sanny Di Sarli 1984, Giusi Monda 1986.



Prize Alto Adige-Südtirol - Max Castlunger

First prize, a three-day stay for two people in Marseille and Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013. 

The jury evaluated Max Castlunger’s passion for percussion as meeting all the criteria of the competition. The award recognises his ability to fully live his passion: from the desire of a collector to that of musical experimentation and enthusiastic diffusion.

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Max Castlunger (Bolzano 1978), musician, collector, teacher. His musical path began with the clarinet, which he played for 11 years in a regional music band, until he discovered the drums, percussion, and a different freedom of musical expression. Today, that freedom of expression is his passion, as well as his profession. He collects percussion instruments and flutes coming from all over the world. He complements his concert activities with ensemble music courses with percussion instruments and organises percussion exhibitions.


Prize Alto Adige-Südtirol - Ruggero Crivellaro

second prize, a subscription for two people to the symphonic season of the Bolzano Haydn Orchestra

The jury evaluated Ruggero Crivellaro’s passion for reproduction of rare machinery as meeting the criteria of the competition. The prize acknowledges the expertise and ingenuity with which he studies and gives new life to antique machines in disuse, making him a true archaeologist of machinery.


Ruggero Crivellaro (Cavarzere 1940), is a now retired mechanic, who has always loved machinery. After nurturing his love of modelling, particularly model aeroplanes, for years, he dedicated himself to the study of rare motors and antique machinery. His working reproductions include a Stirling motor, a Holt motor, an Atkinson motor, a “Chinese chariot” or “South-pointing chariot” and several of Leonardo’s machines. 


Prize Alto Adige-Südtirol - Gerda Klotz

Third prize, a €200.00 book voucher

The jury evaluated Gerda Klotz’s passion for stop motion animation as meeting the criteria of the competition. The prize acknowledges the quality of her creations, which gives life to the material, and together with sounds, tells original, poetic stories. 


Gerda Klotz (Bolzano, 1978), graduated in Social Pedagogy. She worked in different places, such as homes for mentally ill teenagers and protected workshops. On the side Gerda is a passionate analog photographer. For over a decade she has been an avid collector of old film cameras and she has become quite capable of repairing these old machines. She participated with some of her pictures at the analog photo exhibition at the Festival Analogica 2012 in Rome, Italy. Inspired by Ray Harryhausen ́s Clash of the Titans, in 2010 Gerda made an old dream come true with the production of her first analog stop motion project. Since then she has not looked back, she has become very passionate about building tiny worlds in detail and making them come alive. After her first analog stop motion project, she switched to digital photography for better control and time and cost effectiveness. Since 2010 Gerda lives in Vienna, still works as a social pedagogist and spends her free time on any kind of Stop Motion Projects such as moving Birthday greetings made of clay or – more time consuming - music sideos. The last one, Mjøsa, took her 8 months of work.

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Passione per la normalità - Philippe Granger

Una menzione speciale per un progetto che ha saputo aggregare e parificare diverse competenze (riparare biciclette, scrivere una lettera, coltivare un orto, insegnare, etc.) e diverse generazioni per favorire la quotidianità e la relazione all'interno di una comunità.


Philippe Granger (Etampes 1955), abita a Londra da molti anni, dove è attivo nell'esplorazione di iniziative come la banca del tempo in grado di costruire delle comunità sostenibili. Il suo attivismo gli ha fatto ricevere il premio ‘Outstanding contribution for improving London and the quality of life for London’, presentato dal sindaco di Londra. La sua passione è connettere le generazioni celebrando il talento e le competenze che caratterizzano le diverse età presenti nel suo quartiere, unite ad un tentativo di riciclo e riduzione dei consumi. Nel 2011 gli è stato riconosciuto dalla London Sustainability Development Commission il premio ‘London Leaders 2011’ per aver sviluppato il progetto comunitario e sostenibile Bring and Fix. Bring and Fix’ sono delle fiere organizzate all'interno della comunità per condividere competenze e conoscenze con gli altri membri dell'area. I cittadini portano e riparano le cose e nel frattempo provvedono a passarsi le conoscenze durante eventi divertenti che possono essere ripetuti all'interno della comunità con regolarità. Durante il più recente Bring ad Fix, il 100% dei partecipanti si è detto divertito dall'evento, il 79% ha dichiarato di aver appreso qualcosa, il 95% ha incontrato nuova gente, il 100% si è detto disponibile a ritornare e il 78% ha dichiarato di avere competenze che vorrebbe condividere durante un altro evento Bring and Fix. Dal suo avvio nel 2011 Bring ad Fix è costantemente cresciuto in Inghilterra e il suo format può essere facilmente esportato in tutto il mondo.


Special mention from the Jury - Gabriele Saluci

The jury wished to highlight Gabriele Saluci with a special mention, for the freshness and irony with which, through his videos, he communicates the pleasure of travel to a wide public. 

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Gabriele Saluci (Piazza Armerina, 1990) is a student of intercultural communication in Turin. He writes and manages advertising for the Province of Turin, collaborating with newspaper journalists at a national level. A great lover of travel, he has crossed Europe on bicycle two times, travelling first to Iceland and then to Morocco, to the Sahara. Following these adventures, he wrote two documentary accounts: Turin-Iceland and Turin-Sahara. He writes a personal blog.



Special mention from the Jury - funivie.org

The jury wished to highlight with a special mention the work of this group of ropeway enthusiasts, who from 2003 have developed and managed, for the sheer love of it, the website funivie.org. This is an example of transformation of an interest for a specific sector, in a very updated informational space, professional and open to everyone.


Born in 2003 from the idea of the founder and administrator Paolo Sutto (Cordovado 1981), Funivie.org is the biggest website worldwide dedicated to the technicians, operators and enthusiasts of cable systems and winter ropeways, with real-time information on the technologies and construction sites, thousands of photos, technical monographs and a lot of information on the world of ropeway transport.
Every day, thousands of users in Italy and abroad, in the true spirit of web 2.0, use the portal to publish their own images, discuss the latest news and keep themselves up-to-date on new technologies. A team of moderators, professionals in the sector and enthusiasts guarantee ordered content and contribute daily to the maintenance of the site.



Special mention from the Jury - Carolina Pezzi

A special mention from the jury goes to the youngest participant in the competition, wishing her every fortune in realising her dream to become a writer.

Carolina Pezzi (Bolzano, 2002) is a student. She loves to write, and dreams of becoming a journalist. 

Dear pasionate people, 

we wish to thank you againg for sharing your passion with us and for your support in enhancing activities otherwise almost unkown.

Please be patient for two more weeks. 

Thank you