STEFANO UNTERTHINER growing up in a small mountain village in northwest Italy and spent his early years photographing in the Gran Paradiso National Park, in Aosta Valley. He began serious photography at the age of 17, went on to study zoology and, in the fall of 2000, obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. After completing his studies, Unterthiner returned to Italy and began his career as a zoologist. But his camera was always at his side, and it was not long before his hobby turned into an all-consuming lifestyle and profession. Unterthiner now travels regularly around the world in search of new subjects for his photo story. He specializes in telling the life stories of animals, living in close contact with his chosen species for long periods. He also has a strong commitment to wildlife conservation and environmental issues, with a particular interest in the interactions between people and animals. Widely published in magazines worldwide, he is the author of seven photography books. Since 2009, Stefano has been working on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. He lives with his wife Stéphanie in the Aosta Valley, Italy.
STEPHANIE FRANÇOISE was born in Caen (France) in 1983. Her passion for nature led to her studying wildlife management and conservation of tropical forests. Stéphanie met Stefano during a research on the Alpine marmot in Mont-Avic Regional Park in 2002. After getting a degree in French Guyana, she did a masters in journalism in Marseille (France). Since 2008, she has been working and travelling with her husband, Stefano, and writing for magazines such as Terre Sauvage (France), Animan (Switzerland) and National Geographic Italy. Stéphanie was involved in editing the texts in Stefano’s last three books (The king’s oddessey, 2008, ed. Contrasto; The nights of the bears, 2009, ed. Ylaios; The angels of winter, 2010, ed. Ylaios) and in the production of a video documenting “behind the scenes” of the latest work on whooper swan. Since December 2010, Stéphanie has been in charge of the gallery-studio The Little Wild Gallery at Forte di Bard (Valle d’Aosta, Italy).