One of the events has become a ritual and is now in its 29th year: the Confartigianato Motori prize. On the afternoon of Thursday 8 September, photographer Mario Chiarappa took the award. The honour is bestowed upon those whose work, professionalism and passion have reached the highest levels, helping the most advanced vehicle technology into F1.
Chiarappa, 51, is lucky enough to have a job (since 1977) that is demanding but of which many are envious: working in Formula 1. Lots of the images seen on the web, in newspapers and in magazines were shot by Chiarappa via the Colombo agency he collaborates with.
"I would like to thank the jury for giving me this award and my friend Ercole for setting me on my way in the world of Formula 1. Photography is a very odd profession: you shouldn't see it as a real job otherwise you will find yourself forced to leave it behind after a few years. It is a passion and that is how it ought to be approached. I always try not to take simple snapshots but, like many others, I try to transmit through the images something that goes beyond just reporting".
So, Mario Chiarappa adds his name to those who have won this prestigious award, following in the footsteps of other photographers, drivers, engineers, journalists and PRs.
In 2007 Chiarappa came third in the competition dedicated to Pepi Cereda (who worked at Mediaset and died ten years ago). As well as Formula 1, Chiarappa also delivers excellent images from the Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC.