Siena International Photo Award is one of the photo contests with the highest international participation. The 2018 edition has received nearly 48.000 images from amateur and professional photographers from 156 countries worldwide.

It is split between several categories such as Journeys & Adventures, Fascinating faces and characters, Still Life and others. We will focus on the two categories that interest us the most  The Beauty of the Nature and Animals in their Environment which we covered in another article.

Because it is always good to have a reminder of what we are fighting to protect, and because photography has the power to inspire people here are our favourite photos from the following category :

The Beauty of the Nature

1st prize – El Calbuco

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© Francisco Negroni (CL)/Siena International Photo Awards

The winner of the category is Fransisco Negro who took this incredible picture .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.

2nd Prize – Migration

© Khalid Alsabt (SA)/Siena International Photo Awards

In the desert of Dahana, in the center of Saudi Arabia, Bedouins migrate with camels from place to place, searching for food and water. Khalid Alsabt took this picture while a group of nomads was passing him with their camels, creating beautiful shadows in a peaceful atmosphere.

3rd Prize – Travellers

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© Mariusz Potocki (US)/Siena International Photo Awards

A group of Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis Antarctica) is resting on an iceberg in the Bransfield Strait. 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.

 

Honorable Mentions

Cosmic Wildflowers

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© Marcio Cabral (BR)/Siena International Photo Awards

The stunning 180º panorama, with the milky way in the background, magnifies a field of Paepalanthus wildflowers in the Brazilian National Park of Veadeiros Tablelands.

The Great Eclipse

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© Oleg Zinkovetsky (US)/Siena International Photo Awards

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.

Layers of Antarctica

layers of antarctica
© Vladimir Alekseev (RU)/Siena International Photo Awards

Coming from the ship you see in the background, photographer Vladimir Alekseev had this to say about his picture “Despite the very bad weather conditions, I was able to photograph this small colony of Adélie Penguins still living in their native habitat on Yalour Islands. Due to climate changes, most of Adélie Penguins have migrated to the south, deep into the continent.”

Remarkable Award

Under the Moonlight

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© Roberto Aldrovandi (IT)/Siena International Photo Awards

Inverno del Giardino Degli Dei

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© Cristian Rota (IT)/Siena International Photo Awards

Underwater view of the Lofoten

underwater view of the lofoten - siena photo awards
© Сергей Луканкин (RU)/Siena International Photo Awards

Volcanic Sunset

volcanic sunset - siena international photo awards
© Erez Marom (IL)/Siena International Photo Awards

If you liked those, we recommend you head over our article about Animals in their Environment category winners if you have not already seen it.

And if you are a photographer and want to participate in the contest, good news, you can submit your pictures until January 31st for the 2019 edition, for that head over to Siena International Photo Awards website.

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