Biography

Simone Arrigoni (Rome - Italy, 1973) is a classical pianist, multiple Freediving World Record holder, and an awards-winning photographer with:

  • 164 awards in the most prestigious International Photo Contests;
  • publications and worldwide exhibitions (Albania, China, Crimea, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, UK, USA);
  • FIOF Italian Photography Ambassador in China 2017-2021 & Albania 2022;
  • Underwater Photography Festival Ambassador;
  • Special Best New Talent of the Year - PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2020.

Fascinated by the opportunity to immortalize the beauty of Nature in his shots, Arrigoni has created two photographic projects, InvEarth and STARt, in which he interprets emblematic elements from the Earth or the starry sky with an original artistic key, playing with the black & white dichotomy or painting coloured astrophotographies.  In his series, Arrigoni turns natural objects into artistic images, shaping a point of convergence between science and creativity, so that the intrinsic beauty of Nature becomes Art.

The “InvEarth” project’s series, devoted to our planet, have been featured in prestigious exhibitions worldwide, and earned him the titles of Italian Photography Ambassador in China and Underwater Photography Festival Ambassador.  “STARt. Look beyond” was exhibited in Singapore as 1st Prize winner in the NTU International Photography Awards 2017 competition “Art, Science and the Image”, organized by the Nanyang Technological University and National Geographic.

Arrigoni never stopped looking for artistic means of expression, even when everything seemed lost.  He grew up studying Piano at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome and under the guidance of Maestro Willy Brezza.  Soon after earning a Piano Diploma with highest honours as a young promise of classical concertism, two sudden events changed his life: his brilliant pianist career was stopped by a wrist injury due to a violent frontal impact with a stolen car, and just few months later, his 17 years-old cousin Stefano tragically lost his life at sea.  One of his cousin’s dreams was to establish a Freediving World Record, thus Arrigoni promised to set it in his memory and started agonistic training.  He has been keeping this important promise since 2003, setting 21 Freediving World Records in the sea, lake, under the ice and together with dolphins (a long series of performances that has gained to him an international mediatic visibility).

During the interminable rehabilitation from a very serious disease that almost killed him in the Summer of 2020, Arrigoni has dedicated all of himself to the realization of Resonance: a new photographic project that combines his three greatest passions (music, freediving and photography).  In his search for a meeting point between art and science, Arrigoni uses the phenomenon of Cymatics to make visible the sounds coming both from Earth and the Universe, aiming at impressing into his shots the invisible symphony of reality.

He is engaged in many voluntary activities for disabled and needy people (ActionAid Ambassador), marine protection (Honorary Member of the Center for Cetacean Studies), safety at sea education, and scientific research (Sapienza University of Rome biology research project focused on comparative physiology of humans and dolphins).

 

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AWARDS

 

● 1st Prize in the International Photography Awards IPA 2022, category "Book - Nature"

● 1st Prize and "Jury Top Five Selection" in the International Photography Awards IPA 2021, category "Nature & Nature - Other"

● 1st Prize "Science Photographer of the Year" in Budapest International Foto Awards BIFA 2021, category "Science"

● Gold Award in Budapest International Foto Awards BIFA 2021, category "Science - Other"

● Gold Award in TIFA Tokio International Foto Awards 2021, category "Book - Nature"

● Gold Award in MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2021, category "Book - Nature"

● 1st Prize "Special Best New Talent of the Year" in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020, category "Special"

● Gold in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2020, category "Special"

● 1st Prize in FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards 2020, "category "Nature"

● Grand Prize Winner "Best of Show" in Grey Cube Gallery's International Art Contest Sky 2020

● 1st Prize in BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards 2019, category "Nature"

● Gold Award in BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards 2019, category "Nature - Underwater"

● Gold Award in BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards 2019, category "Nature - Seasons"

● Gold Award in MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2019, category "Nature - Underwater"

● Gold Award in TIFA Tokio International Foto Awards 2018, category "Nature - Underwater"

● 1st Prize in NTU International Photography Awards 2017 by Singapore's Nanyang Technological University & National Geographic

● Gold Award in TIFA Tokio International Foto Awards 2017, category "Architecture-Interiors"

● Gold Medal in the PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2017, category "Architecture"

● 1st Prize Best in Show in the Fusion Art's International Contest Skies Art Exhibition, Palm Springs (California) 2017

● 1st Prize in the New York International Photography and Digital Art Contest 2017

● 1st Prize in the FIIPA Fiof Italy International Photography Awards 2016, category "Architecture"

 European Astronomy Pictures Of The Day EAPOD, June 1, 2021

● Winner of Black & White International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, April 2022

● Winner of FIOF "ECLECTIKA 2021" Photo Contest

● Winner of FIOF "Maxima 2019" Photo Contest

● Astronomy Picture of the Day APOD GrAG, May 24, 2019

● Winner of Water International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, September 2019

● Winner of Monochrome International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, May 2019

● Winner of Winter International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, December 2018

● Winner of Travelers International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, August 2018

● Winner of Cityscape International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, February 2018

● Winner of Monochrome International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, January 2018

● Winner of "IMAGO" International Art Exhibition Contest: Angelica Library (Rome, Italy), November 18 - 25, 2017

● Winner of FIOF "Lumina 2017" Photo Contest

● Winner of Landscapes International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, September 2017

● Winner of Travel International Photography Contest, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, August 2017

● Winner of Sky-Watcher Italia, "Photo of the Week", July 2017

● Winner of Sky-Watcher Italia, "Photo of the Week", March 2017

● Winner of Sky-Watcher Italia, "Photo of the Week", February 2017

● Winner of Sky-Watcher Italia, "Photo of the Week", January 2017

● European Astronomy Pictures Of The Day EAPOD, January 2017

● Best Photographer in the UIF "Angoli di Anghiari" Photo Contest 2016

● Silver Award in New York Photography Awards 2021, category "Natural Art"

● Silver Award in Budapest International Foto Awards BIFA 2021, category "Book Nature"

● Silver Medal in the PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2021, category "Book - Nature"

● 2nd Prize in the International Photography Awards IPA 2021, category "Book - Nature"

● 2nd Prize in the UIF "Chimera" Photo Contest 2020

● Silver Award in TIFA Tokio International Foto Awards 2019, category "Nature-Flowers"

● Silver Award in BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards 2019, category "Nature - Landscapes"

● Silver Award in BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards 2019, category "Fine Art - Landscape"

● 2nd Prize in the International Photography Awards IPA 2018, category "Fine Art - Landsacape"

● 2nd Prize in the International Photography Awards IPA 2018, category "Night Photography"

● 2nd Prize Silver Medal in the PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2018, category "Nature - Sky"

● 2nd Prize Silver Award in the Moscow International Photography Awards MIFA 2018, category "Fine Art - Special Effects"

● 2nd Prize Silver Award in the Fiof Italy International Photography Awards FIIPA 2018, category "Nature"

● 2nd Prize Silver Award in TIFA Tokio International Foto Awards 2017, category "Architecture-Cityscapes"

● 2nd Prize in the PABA International Photo Competition, Washington, 2017

● 2nd Prize in the Fiof Italy International Photography Awards FIIPA 2017, category "Architecture"

● 2nd Prize in the International Photography Awards IPA 2015, category "Architecture, Interior"

● 2nd Prize in the "Angoli di Anghiari" Photo Contest 2015, category Black and White

● Bronze Award and "Jury Top Five Selection" in the TIFA Tokio International Photography Awards 2021, category "Book, Nature"

● Bronze Award in the Moscow International Photography Awards MIFA 2020, category "Nature, Flowers"

● 3rd Prize in the Art Room Gallery "Skies" Art Exhibition 2020

● 3rd Prize Bronze Medal in the PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2019, category "Nature, Underwater"

● 3rd Prize Bronze Award in the Moscow International Photography Awards MIFA 2018, category "Science - Other"

● 3rd Prize Bronze Award in TIFA Tokio International Foto Awards 2017, category "Science"

● 3rd Prize in the Moscow International Photography Awards MIFA 2016, category "Architecture, Interior"

● 6 Bronze Awards in the EPSON International Pano Awards 2015, categories "Built environment" and "Nature / Landscapes"

● Honorable Mention in the PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2022, category "Nature - Other"

● Nominee in Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA 2022, category "Abstract"

● Honorable Mention in the FIIPA Fiof Italy International Photography Awards 2022, category "Nature"

● Honorable Mention in the International Color Awards 2022, category "Nature"

● Merit Award in the Nature Art Show - Grey Cube Gallery 2022 

● Honorable Mentions in the ND Awards 2020

● Honorable Mention in the International Photography Awards IPA 2020 (Los Angeles), category "Special"

● Honorable Mention in the Monovision Photography Awards 2020 (London), category "Nature and Wildlife"

● 3 Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards IPA OneShot - Movement 2020 (Los Angeles), category "Nature"

● Honorable Mention in the FotoZoom-DLF Photography Awards 2020

● Honorable Mention in the International Photography Awards IPA 2019 (Los Angeles), category "Nature - Flowers"

● 3 Nominations in the Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA 2019

● Nomination in the International Color Awards 2019, category "Nature"

● Cover Photo Award of Foto Arte Black and White, January 27, 2018

● Best Photo of the Day in Foto Arte Black And White, January 23, 2019

● Best Photo of the Day in Foto Arte Black And White, Dicember 18, 2018

● Honorable Mention in the ND Awards 2018, category "Natures - Other"

● 2 Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards IPA 2018 (Los Angeles), categories "Architecture; Panoramic"

● The Best of the Week in Foto Arte Black And White, November 11, 2018

● Best Photo of the Day in Foto Arte Black And White, November 6, 2018

● The Best of the Week in Foto Arte, November 4, 2018

● Best Photo of the Day in Foto Arte, November 3, 2018

● Best Photo of the Day in Foto Arte, October 28, 2018

● Best of the Day in Foto Arte, October 27, 2018

● 2 Best of the Day in Foto Arte, October 24, 2018

● The Best of the Week Landscape in Foto Arte, September 23, 2018

● Best of the Day in Foto Arte, September 21, 2018

● Best of the Day in Foto Arte, September 11, 2018

● Cover Photo Award of Foto Arte, September 2018

● Top Selection on Nikon Club, June 2018

● 2 Honorable Mentions in the Moscow International Photography Awards MIFA 2020

● Honorable Mention in the PX3 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS 2018, category "Nature - Earth"

● Nominée in the Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA 2017, category "Nature"

● 2 Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards IPA HARMONY 2018 (Los Angeles), categories "Nature; People"

● 2 Merit Awards in the "1st Open International Art Competition" Art Room Gallery 2018

● Honorable Mention in the International Color Awards 2018, category "Architecture"

● Nomination in the International Color Awards 2018, category "Architecture"

● 7 A.f.Ex. in the PCA International Photo Contest, Arizona, February 2018

● 3 Honorable Mentions in TIFA Tokio International Foto Awards 2017, categories "Fine Art - Abstract, Special Effects", "People -Children"

● 3 Honorable Mentions in the International Photography of the Year IPOTY 2017, categories "Architecture" and "Fine Art"

● 2 Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards IPA 2017 (Los Angeles), categories "Special - Micro; People - Family"

● 2 Honorable Mentions in the Chromatic Awards 2017, categories "Abstract" and "Architecture"

● Honorable Mention in the ND Awards 2017, category "Natures - Other"

● Merit Award in the Golden Orchid Photography Awards, New York 2017, category "Fine Art"

● Recognition Award in the PABA Photo Awards, Washington 2017

● Honorable Mention in the Monovision Photography Awards, London 2017, category "Architecture"

● 2 Honorable Mentions in the Fiof Italy International Photography Awards FIIPA 2017, category "Nature"

● Honorable Mention in the International Photographer of the Year IPOTY 2017, category "Night Photography"

● 2 Nominee in the Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA 2016, categories "Seascape" and "Night Photography"

● 4 Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards 2016, categories "Architectur - Buildings, Interior, Industrial; Night Photography"

● 3 Honorable Mentions in the ND Awards 2016, categories "Architectures - Interior; Fine Art - Conceptual; Fine Art - Nude"

● 3 Honorable Mentions in the "Moscow International Photography Awards MIFA 2016, category "Architecture - Buildings,Inter ior, Industrial"

● Honorable Mention in the International Photography of the Year IPOTY 2016, category "Architecture - Interior"

● Honorable Mention in the International Photography Awards FIIPA 2016, category "Architecture"

● Nominee in the Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA 2016, category "Architecture"

● 3 Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards IPA 2015, categories "Architecture, Buildings" and "Architecture, Interior"

● Nomination in the Oasis Photo Contest 2013.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

● Albania: "Fokus 13" Exhibition: Tirana, September  23 - 24, 2022

● Greece: "Black & White" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, April 1 - 14, 2022

● Hungary: "BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards" Exhibition:  House of Lucie, Budapest, February 4 - March 18, 2022

● China: "ECLECTIKA" International Art Photography Festival, Lishui, November 5 - 9, 2021

● France: "PX3 Paris Photo Prize" Exhibition: Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, October 26 - 31, 2021

● Hungary: "BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards" Exhibition: Hybrid Art Space Gallery, Budapest, November 26 - December 3, 2019

● China: International Art Photography Festival, Lishui, November 8 - 12, 2019

● Scotland: "Monochrome" Exhibition: Glasgow Gallery Of Photography, Glasgow, October 15 - 26, 2019

● Greece: "Water" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, September 20 - October 2, 2019

● Italy: "Underwater Photography Festival" Exhibition: Fortezza da Basso, Florence, July 20 - 22, 2019

● France: "PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris" Exhibition: Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, July 9 - 14, 2019

● Greece: "Monochrome" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, May 3 - 15, 2019

● Crimea: MIFA Photo Exhibition: Universal Scientific Library, Simferopol, December 12 - 26, 2018

● Greece: "Winter" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), December 7 - 19, 2018

● Greece: "Travelers" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), September 28 - October 11, 2018

● Russia: MIFA 2018 Exhibition: Photocenter, Moscow, September 19 - 22, 2018

● Italy: R-evolution Photo Festival, May - September 2018

● Italy: "Nothing but Art", Palazzo Velli, Roma, May 12 - 17, 2018

● Japan: ICA Space Galery, Tokyo, May 12 - 16, 2018

● UK: 5th Base Gallery, London, April 13 - 15, 2018

● Greece: "Cityscape" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, March 16 - 29, 2018

● Italy: FIOF Annual Convention, Orvieto, March 9 - 25, 2018

● Greece: "Monochrome" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, February 23 - March 8, 2018

● Singapore: SOTA School of the Arts, December 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018

● UK: 5th Base Gallery, London, November 21 - 22, 2017

● Italy: "IMAGO" Art Exhibition: Angelica Library, Rome, November 18 - 25, 2017

● China: International Art Photography Festival, Lishui, November 15 - 19, 2017

● USA: "Annual Best in Show" invited to the Group Exhibition: Stephen Baumb Gallery, Palm Springs, California, November 1 - 18, 2017

● Greece: "Landscapes" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, October 20 - November 2, 2017

● Greece: "Travel" Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, September 22 - October 5, 2017

● USA: "Skies" Exhibition: Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, California, September 1 - 30, 2017

● Italy: "Visioni urbane" Exhibition: Darkroom Gallery, Bologna, May 27 - June 7, 2017

● Italy: "UIF" Exhibition, Anghiari, Arezzo, July 9 - 30, 2016

● Italy: "Shooting Chicago" Benefit Solo Exhibition, Public Library of Santa Marinella, Rome, June 11 - 30, 2016

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

● International Photography Awards IPA Catalogue, Los Angeles, 2022

 Article on BoredPanda.com, February 20, 2022

● BIFA Budapest Foto Awards Article, January 6, 2022

● Article on Daily News Hungary, December 2, 2021

● Article on MeteoWeb, December 2, 2021

● Article on MeteoWeb, October 15, 2021

Article on MeteoWeb, June 5, 2021

● PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Article, February 23, 2021

Article on MeteoWeb, January 28, 2021

● PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Catalogue, Paris, 2020

● SKY-NASA website

● Article on MeteoWeb, July 8, 2020

● Cover of Foto Cult magazine website, July 2020

● Water exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), September 2019

● PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Catalogue, Paris, 2019

Monochrome exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), May 2018

● Cover of MIFA Photo Exhibition: Universal Scientific Library, Simferopol, December 12 - 26, 2018

●  International Photography Awards IPA Catalogue, Los Angeles, 2018

●  Winter exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), December 2018

● Magazine Domiad Photo Network, 2018

●  Travelers exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), September 2018

● Winners Book of the Color Awards, 2018

● PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Catalogue, Paris, 2018

● Cover of Skies Art Competition by Fusion Art, Palm Springs (California), May 2018

●  Cityscape exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), March 2018

● Monochrome exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), February 2018

● Cover of NTU-IPA Paradox Contest, Singapore, December 2017

● PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris Catalogue, Paris, 2017

● Interview on Singapore News Tribe, December 2017

● Interview on MeteoWeb, December 2017

● NTU International Photography Awards exhibition Catalogue, SOTA School of the Arts, Singapore, December 2017

● FIOF Lumina 2017 Catalogue

● Official Video of Lishui Photography Festival, China, November 2017

Landscapes exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), October 2017

Travel exhibition Catalogue, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR), September 2017

● EAPOD - European Astronomy Picture Of the Day, 28 January 2017

● APOD - Astronomy Picture Of the Day NASA Archive, January 2017

● Interview "Focusing ourselves" - Image in Progress, October 2016

● Article in MeteoWeb, September 2016

Fotografia Reflex, September 2016

The Books that Made Europe exhibition Catalogue, Rome 2016

● Homepage of The Books that Made Europe exhibition Official Website (Italian Government's MOVIO project), 2016

● IPA International Photography Awards Catalogue, Los Angeles, September 2015

● Article on Fhshh.com, August 2014

● OASIS International Award of Wildlife and Nature Photography Catalogue, Italy, 2014

● Article on Il Venerdì di Repubblica, October 2013

● Reportage on IloveKythira.com, September 2013

● OASIS International Award of Wildlife and Nature Photography Catalogue, Italy, 2013

● Article on MeteoWeb, September 2013

● Reportage on ZMPhoto, September 2013

● OASIS International Award of Wildlife and Nature Photography Catalogue, Italy, 2012.