First Prize in the category "Fun" of Panoramio Contest in April 2012 ! April 2012 Contest Winner. This picture was taken in Cocullo (Italy), during the Feast of San Domenico (Snake Festival). Cocullo is known for his singular patron saint's holiday, named Festa dei Serpari, in which the patron saint's statue (Domenico di Sora) is transported in procession covered with lot of snakes (four-lined, aesculapian, grass and green whip snakes). The reptiles are captured in the surrounding woods and transported in procession by local serpari, a sort of "snake breeders", and released at the end of the holiday. The festival is a receptive event for thousands of Italian and foreign visitors. Many photographers come to take pictures of snakes. Here one of the four-lined snakes was very intrigued by the camera and approached to look into the lens. And I was lucky to capture this moment. It was a great and pleasant surprise for me to win the First Prize ! Thank you very much for your votes, visit and kind comments, many warm greetings to you all !
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