Marco Gaiotti was born in Genoa in 1983 and began travelling the world as a child together with his parents. At the age of 18 he started exploring on his own the wild mountain ranges of our planet, visiting several times the Himalayas and South American Andes. In 2007 he discovered, almost by chance, the African wilderness and the passion for wildlife photography, which brings him almost every year to come back to this continent. Year after year, he learns the techniques behind digital photography, and the need of spending all of its free time into the wild grows along with his passion. The big step forward was in 2010, after one month spent in the Alaskan wilderness to document brown bears in their natural habitat, he decided to give a more professional edge to his works. He has a PhD in composite materials and works as academic researcher at the University of Genoa, he also works as ski instructor during winter holidays.