20+ Amazing Photos That Won The Prestigious Siena International Photo Awards

The 2018 Siena International Photo Awards has received 48,000 submissions from 156 countries, and the judges have had an incredibly hard time deciding the winners. Nonetheless, the winners have been decided, and just like in 2017 and 2016, their images show just how diverse our beautiful world really is.

Every year, the competition includes a special category. This time, it was entitled Splash of Colors, seeking out exceptional color compositions. In total, the entrants competed in 11 categories, ranging from stunning landscapes to subtle portraits and dramatic sports moments. The grand prize, the Photo of the Year award, went to Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad for his shot Battle Victim. Asad has been documenting the plight of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar for six years now, and this chilling photo of a young Rohingya refugee perfectly portrays the terrible human tragedy unfolding there.

Continue scrolling to check out the rest of the winning images.

#1 El Calbuco, Chile (1st Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)
This photograph was taken during a violent night eruption of the Calbuco volcano in the Lagos region, Chile. An incredible dirt storm wraps the fumarole of the erupting volcano

#2 Sharing Emotion (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#3 Arctic Fox, Usa (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)
I encountered this fox scavenging a Caribou’s carcass on the coastal plains of Alaska’s Arctic. I spent two hours slowly approaching it until I took this picture from six feet away, as she finished her meal. It was a surreal and unforgettable experience and a rare opportunity to be accepted into a wild animal’s existence for a few special hours

#4 Rhino Silhouette, Kenya (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)
I was taking an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara National Park, searching for the Great Migration, when I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The backlight from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead

#5 Underwater View Of The Winter Lofoten (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Categoty)

#6 Cosmic Wildflowers, Brazil (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)
The 180º panorama, with the milky way in the background, magnifies a field of Paepalanthus wildflowers in the National Park of Veadeiros Tablelands

#7 Nemo In The House (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#8 Toy Houses, Russia (1st Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)
This picture of some Russian dachas near the city of Arkhangelsk is interesting thanks to the intense contrast between the colors of the houses and the white snow covering the Russian town

#9 Beyond Pink, USA (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)
Breast cancer goes beyond the month of October and the pink ribbons. This portrait is part of a series showing honest and empowering images of breast cancer

#10 The Wave, Antarctica Waters (3rd Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)
In the Drake Passage, between Cape Horn and Antarctica, a 12-meter wave pounds the boat’s forecastle with its enormous splashes

#11 Run! (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#12 Joana, Dancer At The Tropicana, Sat With Her Grandmother, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

#13 Camels In The Desert, Mongolia (2nd Place In General Color Category)
On the evening of October 24, 2017, in Inner Mongolia, camels and their loyal dog were creating waves of dust under the sunset’s glow. This spectacular picturesque scene in the Mongolian desert was created thanks to the shadows and magnificent light cast upon the desert

#14 Jump, Canada (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)
A snowy owl takes flight alarmed by the call of another female. This species gives particular care to protecting its own hunting territory

#15 Love On The Rocks (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#16 Mind The Gap, Antarctica (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)
A small group of Emperor Penguins huddles near a crack in an ice floe, in a pristine area of the Southern Ocean adjacent to Antarctica, known as the Ross Sea

#17 Battle Victim, Bangladesh (Photo Of The Year)
In Cox’s Bazar, Asmat Ara looks clearly traumatized after the recent violence which took place in Myanmar, on September 6th, 2017. The previous night she had entered Tenkhali Rohingya refugee camp with her family from Kumar Khali, Myanmar Rohingya state. According to the UNHCR, more than 646,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar since August 25th, 2017, most of them trying to cross the border to reach Bangladesh

#18 Killer Whale In Polar Night, Norway (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)
A killer whale emerges on the surface while hunting in an Arctic Norwegian fjord during the polar night

#19 The Road Of Fortune, Vietnam (Honorable Mention in Splash of Colors category)
In Vietnam, red is the color of good luck and is traditionally considered the symbolic color of happiness. Joss sticks are offered at altars to obtain good business and good fortune

#20 The Beakful Of The Hoopoe, Italy (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)
Looking, as usual, for the nests of the most beautiful bird species in Trentino, I unexpectedly saw this hoopoe and I immediately grasped the opportunity to photograph it

#21 Little Nenets Nedko, Russia (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)
The North is a fantastic region populated by extraordinary people with a distinct culture fully adjusted to the environment of the extreme North. Despite being in the 21st century, people of the North still maintain their traditional culture, reflecting the time-honoured, close interaction between people and nature, demonstrating a genuinely caring attitude towards everything that surrounds them

#22 Flying On The Beach, The Netherlands (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)
I was lying down in the cold water looking for the right position and took this picture at the exact moment when the dog was jumping high to catch the disc, almost flying in the sky

#23 Duel In The Snow (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#24 Kitten (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#25 Travelers, Antarctica (3rd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)
A group of Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis Antarctica) is resting on an iceberg. When sailing Antarctic waters you will often see different types of icebergs. Some of these floating islands are great resting places for hunting penguins who can travel many kilometers, before jumping back into the icy water

#26 Giochi In Verde (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

#27 Facing Reality, Pleneau Island, Antarctic Peninsula (1st Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)
A leopard seal got into a lagoon just before low tide. The seal was hiding, waiting to ambush young penguins as they got closer. When a penguin got close enough, the seal moved extremely fast and caught the penguin by its feet dragging it to the open water. I was following parallel to the action. The seal released the penguin twice and the terrified penguin succeeded in escaping, but the seal continued chasing after it, and on the third attempt, drowned the penguin and devoured it

#28 Migration, Saudi Arabia (2nd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)
In the desert of Dahana, in the center of Saudi Arabia, Bedouins migrate with camels from place to place, searching for food and water. I took this picture while a group of nomads was passing us with their camels, creating beautiful shadows in a peaceful atmosphere

#29 Polar Trout, Norway (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)
A brown trout spawning in a special night atmosphere as the stars and the full moon light the scene

#30 Vulture And Jackal (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#31 Redyk, Poland (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)
In this photo of Mizerna, in southern Poland, the traditional sheep grazing, called “Redyk”, has more than 1,500 animals. From the Low Beskid Mountains, shepherds bring back the animals to the city of Nowy Targ, where the owners will take care of them during the winter. The animals will go back to the mountains in spring

#32 School Of Barracuda (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#33 Ouch, It Is Cold (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#34 The Great Eclipse, USA (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)
This photo was taken during the total solar eclipse that happened in the USA in August 2017. It is the result of HDR stacking from 14 images

#35 Henningsvær Football Field, Norway (2nd Place In Architecture And Urban Spaces Category)
The football field of Henningsvær, in the beautiful Lofoten Islands in Norway, is considered to be one of the most amazing football fields in Europe, and maybe even in the world

#36 Giant Serenity, Kenya (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)
A female Elephant (Loxodonta africana) approaches a stream at sunset in the Northeastern part of Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

#37 Road To Ruin, Syria (2nd Place In Story-Telling Category)
“Rubble and Delusion” A Journey Through Assad’s Syria. With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country’s second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible? Follow me on a journey through the dictator’s state in rubble. On an icy January evening in eastern Aleppo, a grotesque scene of destruction, five men are standing around a fire in a battered oil drum in a butcher’s shop. Their trousers are dirty and their faces are covered with soot. There has been no running water for a long time. Every evening, the men come here to warm up, burning table legs and chairs from the ruins. In what is left of their apartments, there are no heating stoves. “The fear, though, is finally gone”, says shop owner Ahmed Tubal. For over four years, various rebel groups have controlled the neighborhood of al-Shaar, but Syrian and Russian jets recently transformed half of the city into rubble to wipe them out. The rebels and their supporters have left the city, and following the regime’s victory, only those who support Syrian President Bashar Assad have remained. “The bombing was necessary to drive out the Islamists,” says Tubal, a short man with tired eyes. “Otherwise, they would never have left.” The other men voice their approval. “We were so exhausted. We just wanted it to stop. And if that meant that everything had to be destroyed even further, then that was just the price we had to pay.” A visit to Assad’s Syria, a state in shambles, surrounding the largest cities in the West, over which the dictator has regained control thanks to Russian and Iranian support; it is like entering an apocalyptic world. Large Mercedes tractor-trailers drive water tanks through Aleppo’s ruins while the streets are patrolled by armored vehicles manned by Russian soldiers. Assad can frequently be seen on television while fear can be seen in the eyes of many residents. Our journey leads us to the three largest cities in Northern and Western Syria: Aleppo; Latakia; Homs. Aleppo has become symbolic of the brutal bombing campaign. Latakia, the regime stronghold on the Mediterranean, was largely untouched by the war and is still a popular vacation spot in the summer. And Homs, once the center of the uprising, was destroyed and is now slated to become a model of reconstruction. When journalists travel through Syria, they are unable to move about freely. Officially, we are only allowed to visit places for which we have obtained written permits from Damascus. Furthermore, only people who are acceptable to the regime can be interviewed and any other meetings must take place in secret. Usually, journalists are accompanied by government minders. There is only one minder for international journalists in Aleppo, meaning that it is usually possible to speak to people without supervision. In Latakia, on the other hand, journalists have a military escort, while there are two minders in Homs. But even when minders aren’t present, it isn’t always easy to know if people are saying what they really think or if their words are guided by fear. It is clear what conclusion the regime would like visitors to reach: that Bashar Assad is the only one who can bring the country back together again. But what do people really think? What are the obstacles to reconciliation and reconstruction? And isn’t Assad himself the greatest obstacle?” 1.Syria, January 2017 – Large parts of Homs are completely destroyed. Nevertheless, some residents come back and try to rebuild their homes. Three-quarters of Homs consists of ruins. A taxi drives through ruins. 2.Syria, January 2017 – A boy has caught a cat in East Aleppo. During the fighting, residents had hardly any food left. They paid up to 60 USD for cats to eat. 3.Syria, January 2017 – A chained dog and a boy in front of the coastal promenade in Latakia




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