Giuseppe Mazzotti



The Jury

The members of the jury are nominated each year by the Association’s Management Committee; for each edition the members then elect their chairperson from those who have been on the panel for at least one year.


Dario Benetti

Architect, editor of a quarterly magazine “Quaderni Valtellinesi” (Valtellina Notebooks) which publishes articles about the enhancement of alpine cultural identity, from 1991 to 1997 for two mandates he held the position of national chairman of the environmental association “L’Umana Dimora”, which acquired official recognition by the Ministry for the Environment during his term of office. From 1993 to 1997 he was nominated by the mayor of Milan member of the Management Committee of the Groane Regional Park. Since 1994 he has been an Honorary Fellow in the History of Architecture course at the Milan Polytechnic, Lecco branch, run by the Faculty of Engineering-Architecture, and from 1997 to 2007 taught in the Workshop for the History of the City and Territory in the same university.  In 2003 and 2004 he was assigned by the Milan Polytechnic, Lecco Branch, the position of lecturer in “Analysis and Management of Urban Heritage” for a Master course and head of the related workshop.  From 1995 to 2000 he fulfilled an appointment from the Ministry of the Environment as member of the Management Committee of the Stelvio National Park Consortium.


Orietta Bonaldo

Born in the Venetian hinterland, Orietta Bonaldo's first love is climbing and ski mountaineering, by profession she is a computer system analyst. In over twenty-five years of mountaineering she is now approaching one thousand ascents in the Alps, with new routes, first repetitions and winter firsts. She has been a climbing instructor for the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) since 1991 and in 2003 crowned a short bout of competition ice climbing to win the title of Italian Women's Champion and seventh place in the Ice World Cup at Pitztal. That same year she graduated from Venice Cà Foscari University in Oriental Languages and Literature with a dissertation on the novel "Rag Darbari" by Indian writer Shrilal Shukl. She is co-author of the guide book "Vie e Vicende in Dolomiti", published by Versante Sud, translated into German and winner of the Leggimontagna prize. In 2008 she was admitted as a member of the CAAI (Italian Alpine Club writers' academy).


Danilo Mainardi

Emeritus Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the Venice Ca' Foscari University, director of the International School of Ethology in the Erice Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, Danilo Mainardi is also honorary president of LIPU (Italian Bird Protection League) and member of academies and associations such as the Italian National Academy of Science and the International Ethological Society, of which he is a former president. His scientific activities are described in over 250 publications, and at the moment are concentrated on aspects of eco-ethology and the theoretical aspects of a methodological base for environmental education and its role in protecting the environment in relation to the importance of human impact on nature. Parallel to his research activities, Mainardi takes part in dissemination and educational television programmes about the environment. His many appearances include the three-year series "Alla scoperta degli animali" - RAI 1, and "Pan" - RAI 1, dedicated to Italian fauna. He also ran "Dalla parte degli animali", in the RAI 1 news feature "Almanacco" for over 15 years and appears in many episodes of "Quark" Danilo Mainardi also writes for Corriere della Sera and RAI 1 (Superquark and TG1 News).


Amerigo Restucci

Architect and professor of the History of Architecture at Venice University. From 1987 to 1995 he also taught the History and Conservation of Monuments at the Siena University School of Specialisation in Archaelogy and the History of Art. In 2006 he was Prorector of Venice University (IUAV) and has been Rector since November 2009. Over the years he has held many prestigious positions: worthy of note are: 2007, winner of the Competition for restoration of the Petruzzelli Theatre, Bari (in particular he was Artistic Director for the decorations and general condition of the theatre). 2005 to date: Director of Cultural Heritage and Landscape in the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage (he is preparing a code of rules for governance of the Italian landscape). 2004 to date Chairman of La Biennale di Venezia Servizi S.p.A. a Venice Biennial company that deals with planning museums, exhibitions and cultural events. He has also published a number of books, many of which deal with the architecture of Southern Italy.


Anna Maria Spiazzi

Art historian with the Veneto Superintendency for Artistic and Historic Heritage, from 2009 to 2011 Anna Maria Spiazzi was Superintendent for the historic, artistic and demographic, ethnic and anthropological heritage of the provinces of Venice, Padua, Belluno and Treviso. Since 1996 she has been a lecturer in "The History of Applied Art" at the Venice Ca' Foscari University, Degree Course in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Since 1989 she has published numerous studies and directed and edited catalogues for prestigious exhibitions in Veneto. She is also a member of several panels and committees and has chaired the Scientific Committees for the Scrovegni Chapel, the convention on "Giotto in Padua", and the Committee for the virtual recomposition of the frescoes by Andrea Mantegna in the Eremitani Church in Padua. Anna Maria Spiazzi writes for specialist journals about studies of restored works of art.


Mirella Tenderini

Writer and translator, Mirella Tenderini lives at Ballabio in the province of Lecco.  She has worked in the publishing trade for over thirty years, dealing with editing, book production and management of foreign copyright.  In 1982 she set up an international literary agency specializing in illustrated and artists’ books, which she ran until the end of 1993, when she began to work as a series editor.  Tenderini has translated many books from French, English, Spanish and Provencal and is an author in her own right.  Her books are mainly biographies of adventurous people, for which she carries out careful research in archives and at times in the field, actually following in the steps of her characters.  She has always taken an interest in climbing and exploration and writes on these subjects for Italian and foreign specialist journals.  Conference speaker and judge on several juries assigning literary and film awards, since 2009 she has been a partner in the Milan Agenzia Letteraria Factotum Srl, where she heads the foreign division.


Alessandra Viola

Freelance scientific journalist, Alessandra Viola works with several daily and weekly newspapers and the Italian broadcasting service, RAI.  In 2007 the Armenise–Harvard Foundation awarded her their Career Development Award for the best scientific article of the year.  In 2013 she worked on the television programme Metropoli (RAI 3) and from 2010 to 2012 as special correspondent for the TV programme Cosmo (Rai 3).  In 2011 she compèred the Genoa Live Science Festival.  PhD in Communication Sciences at the Rome La Sapienza University, she produces documentaries and is a scriptwriter for RAI TV.