The Literary Prize Jury, seven distinguished judges from different backgrounds but with a common denominator in their lives dedicated to culture, annually designed the winners in the competing sections.
MARGHERITA AZZI VISENTINI
Former Milan Polytechnic lecturer in the history of architecture, Visentini has dedicated her studies to Palladio, his success in the Anglo-Saxon world, and to villas and gardens in modern times, mainly in the Veneto region and on the Borromeo Islands, as well as the sources for studying historic Italian gardens. For many years she has been an active participant in the scientific activities of her profession, through lessons, conferences, reports and exhibition organisation, at home and abroad. She cooperates with the A. Palladio International Architectural Study Centre (Vicenza) and the Benetton Study and Research Foundation (Treviso).
Associate professor of Geography, Padua University Department of Historical, Geographical and Ancient History Sciences, in 2020 Benedetta Castiglioni implemented a post-graduate course in Landscape Sciences. For over twenty years she has concentrated on research into the landscape, paying special attention to its relationship with society through a multi-disciplinary approach to the domestic and international debate in question. She is the author and co-author of over one hundred scientific publications, and national coordinator of the Italian Geographers’ Association’s work group on Landscape Studies. She acts as a consultant and supervisor of projects on the subject of landscape and lectures on training courses and seminars. She is a member of the Scientific Committees of the Landscape Observatory run by the Veneto Regional Government, the Angelini Foundation’s Mountain Studyt Centre and the Comelico Dolomite Foundation’s Cross-border Study Centre. Benedetta Castiglioni was a member of the Juryt for the 2018-19 National Landscape Prize and cooperated as a Council of Europe expert in the application of the European Landscape Convention.
Salvatore Giannella is a former editor of the magazines Europeo, Genius and Airone, a popular monthly magazine dealing with nature and civilisation. He edited the culture and science pages of the weekly Oggi, and from 2012 to 1027 the ‘My Heroes’ column of Sette, the Corriere della Sera weekend supplement. He has published several books, a selection of his interviews and a volume dedicated to the unsung heroes who saved works of art from wars. In this connection, he set up the Montefeltro Premio Rotondi to be awarded to those who have saved works of art, now at its 22nd edition. He also created the small but significant MAio museum just outside Milan, dedicated to the 1,643 cultural treasures taken from Italy during WW II and still ‘prisoners of war’. Art, science and positive stories are the subjects he deals with on his pioneering blog ‘Giannella Channel’. Other works are a guide to the painted towns of Lombardy, docufilm scripts for a history programme broadcast by Italian state TV (RAI) and editing of texts by other authors.
PAOLA VIRGINIA GIGLIOTTI
Sports lecturer at Perugia University, P=aola Virginia Gigliotti is also Chief Medical Officer at the major Italian and international summer and winter mountain sports competitions in Alta Pusteria, as well as working with the FAO Mountain Partnership. She is dedicated to mountaineering and exploration, which she practiced with her husband Massimo Marchini until his demise in 1990, concentrating on winter exploration of the Monti Sibillini, without forgetting the Alps anbd high peaks outside Europe (Peruvian Andes and the mountains of the Sahara and Sinai). In 2007 she became the first honorary member of the International Federation of Sport Climbing, where she is in charge of humanitarian and social programmes. Author of numerous scientific publications, monographs and articles in specialist journals, on 11 December 2006, International Mountain Day, the President of the Republic and the Minister for Regional Affairs awarded her a prize “for her many mountaineering activities involving scientific research and support for the mountain populations”.
Climber, geologist, freelance journalist, writer and artist, Alessandro Giorgetta has dedicated most of his life and profession to mountain culture and the Italian Alpine Club (CAI). He is the author of guides, monographs and biographies, as well as translator and editor for several Italian and foreign publishers that deal with the world of mountains and art. Former director of the CAI’s central organisation, and editor and art director of the Club’s magazine for 23 years, Giorgetta is now editorial director of all its publications. He has held several positions during his long service with the CAI, and arranged international conferences on the future of the Alps and the self-regulation rules for those who frequent the mountains. He helped to organise and assist the Italian expedition to Lhotse, was responsible for CAI communications and public relations, acted as secretary and coordinator of the events for the 150th anniversary of the Club’s foundation and served as a member of the Trento Film Festival committee.
Born at Treviso in 1936, Luciani studied architecture in Venice. From 1960 to 1987 he acquired experience in several fields, including politics and culture, teaching in all grades of school and at university, while practising his profession as an architect and city planner. As director of the Benetton Study and Research Foundation he pursued the objective of building an international centre for the study of the landscape; a place in which to meet and work, complete with documentation, research facilities, experiments and publications. Since 2009 he has been creating practical projects for the care of places on two connected fronts: on the one hand designing and implementing projects in public and private open spaces, in cities and far away from cities, and on the other taking part in the experiences of small communities seeking to re-invent their microcosm as a common good.
Historian and author, Vanoli graduated from Bologna in history of medieval philosophy and earned his MA in European social history at Venice Cà Foscari University. He taught at Bologna University and for a short time at the Milan State University, specialising in history of the Mediterranean and working on the history of Arab medicine and the presence of Islam in Sicily. He has also worked with the Beunos Aires Universidad de Tres de Febrero, Mexico City UNAM and Pennsylvania University on studies regarding the relationship between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. He has written essays and taken an interest in communicating and disseminating information, in collaboration with cultural festivals and publishers Il Mulino. He has published two books, one of which (L’Ignoto davanti a noi) won the 2018 Gambrinus Giuseppe Mazzotti Literary Prize in the ‘Exploration – Journeys’ section.