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Sony World Photography Awards - II

Hosted by the Consul of the Milan Photography Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 20 Oct 16:30 - 20:00

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Hi everyone!
After our last year’s visit to this exhibition at Villa Reale, very well appreciated, here we are for the Protected content awards. Let’s bring our cameras, this is a good opportunity to take pictures, in one of the most beautiful places we have in Milan area!
The World Photography Organization, sponsored by Sony, is one of the biggest photo organizations in the world. After London’s debut last April at Somerset House, now the show come to Italy, at Villa Reale in Monza, a beautiful and prestigious venue, on its second floor noble, in those that were the apartments of the Prince of Naples and the Duchess of Genoa.
The judges examined over 200.000 photos, and we will admire Protected content chosen among finalists of the different categories:

- Professional (Architecture, Contemporary issues, Creative, Current Affairs & News, Landscape, Natural World and Wildlife, Portraiture, Discovery, Still Life, Sport);
- Open (Architecture, Culture, Enhanced, Motion, Landscape & Nature, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, Travel, Wildlife);
- Youth (all photographers aged 12 to 19);
- Student (dedicated to photography students).

The Royal Villa is a historical building in Monza, few kilometers from Milan. It lies on the banks of the Lambro river, surrounded by the Monza Park (the largest enclosed park in Europe). In the northern part of the park is located the autodrome, where every year, at the beginning of September, take place the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix.
The Villa was originally built by Giuseppe Piermarini between Protected content 1780, when Lombardy was part of the Austrian Empire, for the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria.
At the same time, Piermarini designed the well famous Theater La Scala, in Milan, and in Protected content the Royal Palace in Milan, in collaboration with the Viennese Leopold Pollack.
Piermarini, for all these projects, took inspiration especially from the Schönbrunn Castle, Wien, and the Royal Palace of Caserta, near Naples, of his master Luigi Vanvitelli.
Following the establishment of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, the building was used as a Royal Palace and became home to the Viceroy of Italy, Eugène de Beauharnais. With the fall of the First Empire Protected content , Austria annexed the Italian territories to the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venice, Monza being included in the province of Milan.
In Protected content , when the new Kingdom of Italy was established, the building became a palace of the Italian Royal House of Savoy.
The Villa was abandoned by the royal family in Protected content , after the murder of King Umberto I near the entrance, as he returned from an event.
In Protected content , with Royal Decree, Vittorio Emanuele III gave the Villa to the Municipalities of Monza and Milan. The events of the immediate World War II caused occupations, and decay of the monument.
In Protected content , the new owners (public domain) show an international design contest for the recovery and enhancement of the Villa Reale and the Gardens.
In Protected content , a strategic agreement was signed for Villa Reale and Parco di Monza, for the restoration and subsequent enhancement for cultural purposes and institutional representation in view of the events related to Expo Protected content . The conclusion of the works of restoration is greeted with a public ceremony on June 26th, Protected content .

As usual, after the photo exhibition, we’ll have some time to spend together, in order to socialize, have fun, and talk about the photos we've seen: a nice place in Monza center, in a walking distance, will be our destination. Details will follow.
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