Franco Banfi

Franco Banfi (Switzerland, 1959) is an award winning professional wildlife photographer and photo-journalist, renown for his expertise and accuracy in underwater imaging. 

Having specialized in leading photographic expeditions to pristine and off the beaten track destinations, he combines his experience as a photographer and traveller with his love of communicating and teaching, imparting workshops and seminars around the world. 

Banfi has become known for his versatility as a photographer. He has meticulously documented numerous rare animals and locations with images, which possess evocative power. His main theme focuses on wildlife and human interactions with nature, in environments ranging from the Equator to the Poles. His work has been published in many prestigious publications around the world: Geo International, National Geographic (Italian and Spanish editions), Animan, Focus, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Stern, Tauchen, Terra, and Terre Sauvage. Banfi became World Champion in underwater photography in Cuba and he consistently ranks among the top in photo-competitions. His many awards include Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), the BBC Photo Competition, International Photography Award (IPA), etc. He is an Explorer of Canon Europe’s Ambassador’s Program, a member of the International Environment Photographer’s Association (, and of the Wild Wonders of Europe.
He currently shoots with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Mark II and Subal housings.