Daisy Gilardini is originally from Switzerland but now lives in British Columbia – Canada. She started taking photography seriously during her first trip to India in 1989 and since then has visited more than 70 countries with camera in hand. After falling in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997, she has spent most of her time photographing the Polar Regions. In almost two decades of polar explorations she joined over sixty expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, most of them on research vessels and icebreakers, one on a sailing boat, some overland and in 2006 she joined a Russian expedition to the North Pole on skies.
Daisy’s images have been published internationally by leading magazines and organizations, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Audubon, The Telegraph, Outdoor Photography, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, among many others. Her work has received awards at the most prestigious international photo contests such as the “BBC Wildlife photographer of the year”, “Travel Photography of the Year”, “Nature’s Best” and many more. In April 2010 Daisy had the great honor to be part of the jury of the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” considered as the “Oscars” of nature photography photo contests.
Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to disseminate conservation messages. She is member of the iLCP, the International League of Conservation Photographers, a fellow of the prestigious “The Explorer Club”, and she is part of Swiss Nikon Ambassador’s team, the SanDisk Extreme Team and the Lowepro Storytellers Team.
For Daisy, photography means extreme adventure and environmental commitment.
” Many times I tried to understand this irresistible attraction to the Polar Regions, which I would define almost as an addiction or obsession. These extreme adventures transport me out of my ordinary worldliness leading me in a voyage of self-discovery. The isolation from the modern civilization and all the distractions that comes with it brings me back to appreciate and focus on the simple rhythm of Nature. The healing feelings of re-discovering the primordial connection with Nature and the interconnection among all species on earth inspires deep respect and awareness for the importance of these delicate ecosystems.
If human kind wants to survive and evolve with our planet we have to act responsibly, by acknowledging with humility that Nature is not depended by us but we are dependent by Nature.
As environmental photographers it is our duty to capture the beauty of places and species at risk and raise awareness trough the universal power of the images we capture. While science provides the data necessary to explain issues and suggest solutions, photography symbolizes these issues. Science is the brain, while photography is the heart and we need to reach people’s heart and emotions in order to move them to action, for Nature and for us.” Daisy's Website