Shutterstock is made possible by our network of over 55,000 contributing artists around the globe. In an effort to celebrate the personal stories behind the images in our collection, we launched Shutterstock Stories, a contributor spotlight series. In its original iteration, Shutterstock Stories received entries from contributors in 39 countries. 26 initial finalists were chosen and 7 outstanding winning entries each received an artistic grant ranging from $5,000-$25,000.

Shutterstock contributor Claudio Giovenzana is a photographer and filmmaker from Monza, Italy. He travels on his motor bike to various locations like deserts, mountains, etc. and likes to capture the beauty of nature, amongst other things. He is inspired by his surroundings, growing more curious by the day, and was named a Shutterstock Stories finalist in 2013. Check out his exclusive story in the video below.

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