About Enrico Villa - Enrico Photo

“ The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today honour the work of Italian photographer Enrico Villa, whose image Portuguese Man o' War is commended as top 50 in the world in the awards’ Open Wildlife category. ”

(28 February 2017)

Against general advice, I have chosen not to limit myself to a single field of photography.
I currently sell my landscape and wildlife photos both online and offline, as well as offering my services as an interior design, exteriors, real estate and commercial space photographer.

Now let's go back in time a little bit...

I was born in Milan, Italy, in 1968.
In 1994 I received a Master's Degree in Chemistry at the University of Milan and, immediately after, I moved to Switzerland and spent there four years working on a PhD project at the University of Lausanne.
As a complementary task in the research group, I was in charge for computing and web programming. This all happened between 1994 and 1998, when the Internet was starting to gain momentum, so that by pure chance (or almost!) I picked up a job that was going to be extremely popular for many years to come.

In 1998, with a broken heart and a very clear mind, combining my passion for science and the Internet, I decided to stop my PhD and started to wonder into computer programming and biology.
I moved back to Italy and started an IT company, specialising in technologies such as Microsoft ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, along with HTML, XML and CSS.
Every single line of compiled code I have written in my life is in C# (C Sharp) and this is not going to change any time soon.

My bio would not be complete without mentioning my lifelong passion for whales and dolphins. That was my starting point as a kid and turned out to be the glue that made all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
I now lives on Pico Island in the Azores, where I coordinate both scientific research and the educational aspects of Whale Watching at a company I co-founded and currently manages: CW Azores. Of course, I built the website myself, as well as the one you are visiting!

I strive to raise awareness and support wildlife conservation through my photos, articles, public talks, radio interviews and contribution to wildlife documentaries.

In case you wanted to get in touch with me, I speak Italian, English, French and Portuguese.


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