Curious snake - First Prize in the category "Fun" of Panoramio Contest in April 2012

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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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PingZhou on July 5, 2012


Costi B on July 5, 2012

Felicidades! sin mas LIKE+FAV

isia16 on July 5, 2012

Serdeczne gratulacje,wspaniałe zdjęcie.Pozdrawiam,Isia

Hari Datta Khanal on July 6, 2012

Congratulations!!! A courageous job. Greetings from Nepal

Kai Kitsada on July 7, 2012

C O N G R A T S greetings from Thailand, Kai.

Claudio Oliveira Lim… on July 7, 2012

Olha a cobra... Gosto*

Vitor J. Quarelo on July 7, 2012

Além de BELA, muito criativa e diferente essa Foto...Parabéns!

solly61 on July 8, 2012

Děs. Málem ti snědl fotoaparát.Já bych se bál.Super foto.

Cris Rinaldi on July 9, 2012

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ;)

dipu arayankavu on July 10, 2012

i have really got a chance to appreciate you

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on July 10, 2012

Congratulations for this success.

The award is not my purpose. Find new friends here, is the best award for me but

They have replaced my winner photo (photo/71110030)(April 2012) by another one (69925694) only because this photo is taken in Iran according to the unjust contest rule of panoramio (which specifies that Iranians are ineligible to take part in the contest!

it is a shame!!

thanks for the showing off the real western democracy here!!

One of the panoramio managers told me: Sorry Mahdi for the terrible confusion. I hope I can be forgiven... your photo still is amazing!

♣ L > All the best from Iran, Mahdi

Johnnie Welborn Jr. on July 11, 2012

Well done and congratulations for capturing this excellent shot!

Amarildo Souza on July 11, 2012

Very nice picture. Congratulations. Greetings.

Elisabeth Zagorowski on July 12, 2012

Fantystyczne ujecie! Gratuluje zasluzonej nagrody! Pozdrawiam serdecznie z Nadrenii. Elka

Elisabeth Zagorowski on July 12, 2012


Hiroaki Kaneko (Cybe… on July 13, 2012

Congratulations for the prize! Like 116

Greeting from Tokyo, cyber0515

Dante Lombardi on July 13, 2012

Bela fotografia. Cheia de coragem. Parabens!!!

HERBERT123 on July 13, 2012

Don't try this at home. Great photo. Like

sogesehen on July 14, 2012

:) F&L Manfred

Imre Lakat on July 15, 2012

Congratulations for the prize !

Like !

Best wishes , Imre

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 3, 2012
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    by Grażyna Anna Kondrac…
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1000D
    • Taken on 2011/05/05 12:24:54
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash