Andrea Staccioli

Photojournalism, Sports | Last Updated: September 22, 2023

Hi All, I’m Andrea Staccioli, from Italy and I’m here as I spent the last 20 years with a camera on the main sports grounds of the world.

I’m a photojournalist with a main specialization in sports photography and I had the chance to capture the magic moments of the last three Olympic Games, five Aquatics World Championships, Football World Cup, ATP tennis tournaments, and many other sports events.

I can hardly explain the feelings of my first time in a football stadium with a camera in my hands!

After some years of experience as a photographer, I felt ready to create something of my own and in 2006 I founded my photo agency Insidefoto.

With another important Italian agency – DeepBluemedia – I have been working as an official photographer for FINA, LEN, and FIN (World, European, and Italian swimming federation) since 2009.

As you can imagine, it takes hard work to create a viable photography business, but I’m very proud of my job results: in 2017, I received the USSI award as “best sports photo of the year”, and in the 2020 edition of Sony World Photography Award I am one of the finalists of sports category with a black and white diving series in addition to other mentions and awards.

During these years, I had also the opportunity to publish four football photography books and another one focused on the 2009 World Swimming Championships held in Rome.

At the beginning of a professional career, I’m aware that it is not easy to choose the gear that best suits your needs. But now, I’m completely satisfied with my choices.

Finally, I opted for the full-frame professional Nikon Cameras, Nikon D3, Nikon D4, Nikon D4S, Nikon D5, and a DX camera, Nikon D500.

For swimming pictures, I usually shoot with Nikon D5 camera with Nikon 500mm f/4. I often use this combination for football shoots, even if in this context my favorite lens is Nikon 400mm f/2.8.

Another useful combination for football matches is Nikon D4S camera with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom always slung around the neck.

As a remote camera behind the football goal, I use Nikon D4 or Nikon D500 camera with Nikon 20mm f/2.8, depending on the photo I want to get, with Pocket Wizard Plus III remote controls.  The Nikon 300mm f/4 lens never fails in my bag; this is a very sharp and light lens.

As soon as I can, I would like to add a NIKON 180-400mm f/4 to my gear.

I tested this lens several times, it comfortably fits in many bags, it is lighter than Nikon 400mm f/2.8 and Nikon 500mm f/4 and, last but not least, it is very versatile, as in many situations it would allow me to work with only one camera.


Nikon D5 the fastest Nikon camera
Nikon D4S
Nikon D500 useful to have a camera with DX sensor


Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4
Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8
Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8
Nikon AF 20mm f/2.8


Pocket Wizard Plus III ( x 2 )


Airport International V3.0
Airport Ultralight 2.5 Backpack
Peli case 1560

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