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Superb snaps from the 2019 Siena International Photo Awards

Superb snaps from the 2019 Sie...
Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. A big male Polar Bear in Svalbard
Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. A big male Polar Bear in Svalbard
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Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'. Window Of Autumn, taken in Chatos, Cyprus
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Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'. Window Of Autumn, taken in Chatos, Cyprus
Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. A big male Polar Bear in Svalbard
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Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. A big male Polar Bear in Svalbard
Awarded 3rd Place in Architecture and Urban Spaces. A boy plays with a balloon in the center of Spain’s largest labyrinth, Villapresente in Cantabria
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Awarded 3rd Place in Architecture and Urban Spaces. A boy plays with a balloon in the center of Spain’s largest labyrinth, Villapresente in Cantabria
Awarded "Honorable Mention". A group of children from a fishing village play soccer on the beach of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
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Awarded "Honorable Mention". A group of children from a fishing village play soccer on the beach of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. A huge wave hitting Newhaven harbor in East Sussex, England
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Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. A huge wave hitting Newhaven harbor in East Sussex, England
Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. The Mediopadana Railway Station, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava
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Awarded 'Honorable Mention'. The Mediopadana Railway Station, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava
Awarded 3rd Place in Sports in Action. The Russian surfer Andrey Karr balances on a 2.5 cm wide piece of webbing in Nazare, Portugal
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Awarded 3rd Place in Sports in Action. The Russian surfer Andrey Karr balances on a 2.5 cm wide piece of webbing in Nazare, Portugal
Awarded 'Honorable Mention". A water park in winter, Rybnik, Poland
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Awarded 'Honorable Mention". A water park in winter, Rybnik, Poland
Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'
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Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'
Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'
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Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'
Photo of the Year. A Boy in the Crowd, Monrovia, Liberia
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Photo of the Year. A Boy in the Crowd, Monrovia, Liberia
Awarded 1st Place in Jump for Joy
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Awarded 1st Place in Jump for Joy

Only in its 5th year, the Siena International Photo Awards is already one of the world’s most diverse and impressive annual photographic contests. The captivating winners this year span a broad array of different subjects and aesthetics, with a truly remarkable winning shot of a young boy in Liberia trying to retrieve a ball in the shadow of armed soldiers.

“A few years ago we started this adventure in order to bound a uniquely beautiful and historic city like Siena with a photo festival and contest: the Siena International Photo Awards,” explains Luca Venturi, founder of the Festival. “In these five years our project has become, year by year, an event awaited and appreciated worldwide.”

Photo of the Year. A Boy in the Crowd, Monrovia, Liberia
Photo of the Year. A Boy in the Crowd, Monrovia, Liberia

The top prize for Photo of the Year went to an image taken in Liberia by British photographer and Red Cross volunteer, Jonathan Banks. The shot was captured back in 2008 on the outskirts of Monrovia during a multi-day festival patrolled by West African peacekeepers.

“This was a child who had grown up in war, and had good reason to be scared of soldiers and their guns,” says Banks. “He wanted to get his ball back, but his eyes were fixed on the soldier. This all happened in the blink of an eye and resulted in this picture, which seems to represent the precariousness of peace, as seen through the eyes of a young child with little understanding of the greater dynamics at play.”

Awarded 3rd Place in Sports in Action. The Russian surfer Andrey Karr balances on a 2.5 cm wide piece of webbing in Nazare, Portugal
Awarded 3rd Place in Sports in Action. The Russian surfer Andrey Karr balances on a 2.5 cm wide piece of webbing in Nazare, Portugal

The contest spans all the usual photo competition categories, from architecture and nature, to photojournalism and sports. Every year also features a one-off special themed category, the topic this time around being Jump for Joy.

Highlights from the massive trove of winning and commended images include a stunning shot of a daredevil threatened by enormous waves while crossing a slackline, an instantly iconic snap of a polar bear checking out a photographer’s camera gear, and a striking overhead image of a snow-covered Polish water park punctuated by a bright yellow slide.

Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'. Window Of Autumn, taken in Chatos, Cyprus
Awarded 'Remarkable Artwork'. Window Of Autumn, taken in Chatos, Cyprus

Take a look through our gallery at some more magnificent highlights from this year's Siena International Photo Contest.

Source: SIPA 2019

2 comments
Altairtech
It's the world's largest labyrinth, but also the world's easiest one...
ljaques
Window in Autumn, Polar Bear in Svalbard, and Kitty's Lunch are great, but the one which should have won was the Dragon Wave in Newhaven harbor, East Sussex, England.