The 2018 Siena International Photo Awards is held every year. The competition includes many category and this year it received a massive 48,000 submissions from 156 countries. Even though the judges have had a tough time determining the winners, they have been selected, and exactly like in 2017 and 2016, their photos show how diverse our beautiful world is.
In total, the entrants competed in eleven categories, varying from amazing landscapes and subtle portraits and to captivating sports moments. The winner of the grand prize, the Photo of the Year award, was Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad for his photo Battle Victim.
We have compiled 15 amazing photos from the SIPA contest in this post. To look at all the entries and the winners, visit https://sipacontest.com/
The Twins’ Gymnastics Dream
Author: Peng Yuan.
When I discovered these twins at a gymnastics school, I decided to capture their telepathic coordination, mutual assistance and dependence on each other in daily training. I also focused on capturing their individual differences performed in training, particularly in simple mandatory movements. I worked hard to find and capture their differences in the hope of unveiling the characteristics and forms of twins in competitive sports. The photos were mainly taken at a gymnastics school in Jining City, China.
El Calbuco, Chile
Author: Francisco Negroni
This photo was taken during a violent night eruption of the Calbuco volcano in the Lagos region, Chile. An unbelievable dirt storm wraps the fumarole of the erupting volcano.
Author: Burak Senbak
During heavy work at a noodle factory in Indonesia, this man had the chance to rest for a little while. His exhausted expression is a clear sign of the extremely hard working conditions these people face every day.
Author: Debdatta Chakraborty
Devotees performing the ritual of Dondi on the occasion of Chhath Puja on the banks of the River Ganges. While worshipping the Sun, they try to appease the divinity in order to prosper in the future.
Author: Carsten Snejbjerg
The Red Bull Rampage, held near Zion National Park, has become one of the biggest mountain biking events every year. The event is similar to freestyle skiing and snowboarding, where competitors are judged on their choice of path down the course, their technical ability and the complexity of their tricks.
Henningsvær Football Field
Author: Misha De-Stroyev
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.
Author: Amos Nachoum
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.
Author: Khaichuin Sim
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.
Author: Md Zakirul Mazed Konok
Unity is the strength, as with teamwork and collaboration with which wonderful things can be achieved. Here this frog wanted to eat the ants, but its own life is at risk in the face of their unity.
Kid With Hand Crafts
Author: David Nam Lip Lee
In Ethiopia, the kids of the Suri tribe are being over-protected by their families. Imagine these metal handcrafts as a jail with a Suri kid locked inside. Young kids are the hope and inheritors of the Suri culture, but the overprotection will marginalize the new generation from the world.
Author: Bartłomiej Jurecki
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.
Author: Romain Tornay
After 2 days with winds blowing up to 100 Km/h, huge waves can be seen on the Icelandic West coast. Winter was ending and the snowfall alternating with the sun’s rays. The challenge in obtaining this image was standing close to the cliffs in the gusts of wind.
Camels in the Desert
Author: Weiguo Hu
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.
Fisherman at Inle Lake
Author: Yinzhi Pan
This picture was captured at Inle Lake on the Shan Plateau in Myanmar. As the lake is covered with reeds and floating plants, it is difficult to row while sitting. As a result, the Intha fishermen have developed an unusual rowing style. It is amazing how people in each corner of the world find ways to adapt to nature, inspired by nature itself.
Battle Victim – Winner of The Award
Author: K M Asad
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.