We were delighted to welcome Italian photographer Davide D'Acunto back to Shetland in late June. With his superb image of Golden Plover in a rain storm, Davide won first prize in the 2009 Shetland Wildlife photo-competition run by Visit Scotland, with a 3-day Shetland Experience trip courtesy of Shetland Wildlife being the top prize! We asked Davide to sum up his trip to Shetland: "There are few places in Europe where you can feel very small compared to the immensity of nature, where you can become part of a colony of gannets or puffins, where you come across an otter hunting or remain paralysed by the power of the ocean and the wind. All these things can be found on Shetland, where you can afford to leave your life behind and become part of a magnificent dream. If you love nature and the wildlife that populates these places, then Shetland is ideal. Everything becomes perfect when you have the passion of photography. Shetland is a place where once you arrive, you no longer want to leave; too many photos to take, endless shots to create. Being accompanied by my new friends and outstanding guides at Shetland Wildlife meant that I had the fortune of being able to discover the hidden corners and secrets of these islands which made my experience even more special. The emotions that I have since visiting Shetland will never cease to live inside me!".