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The best of the best celebrated in the outstanding Siena International Photo Awards

The best of the best celebrate...
Second place in Journeys and Adventures category of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards. The explosive eruption and loud rumbling of the Mt. Bromo volcano scared the horse causing it to rear up onto its hind legs
Second place in Journeys and Adventures category of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards. The explosive eruption and loud rumbling of the Mt. Bromo volcano scared the horse causing it to rear up onto its hind legs
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Honorable Mention in The Beauty of Nature. Adélie Penguins in their native habitat on Yalour Islands
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Honorable Mention in The Beauty of Nature. Adélie Penguins in their native habitat on Yalour Islands
Remarkable Award in Sports in Action. Several flyboarders breaking the flyboard world record
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Remarkable Award in Sports in Action. Several flyboarders breaking the flyboard world record
Winner of Animals in their Environment. 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
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Winner of Animals in their Environment. 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
Remarkable Award in Architecture and Urban Design. Sylt-Houses
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Remarkable Award in Architecture and Urban Design. Sylt-Houses
Remarkable Award in Animals in their Environment. This striking image is titled "It came to me in a dream"
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Remarkable Award in Animals in their Environment. This striking image is titled "It came to me in a dream"
Winner in The Beauty of Nature. 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
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Winner in The Beauty of Nature. 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
Honorable Mention in Architecture and Urban Spaces. An abandoned ballroom in Germany, a piano telling a story of other times, when in the 1920's couples danced to its notes
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Honorable Mention in Architecture and Urban Spaces. An abandoned ballroom in Germany, a piano telling a story of other times, when in the 1920's couples danced to its notes
Winner of 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
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Winner of 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
Honorable Mention in The Beauty of Nature. This phenomenal picture was taken in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park at sunrise. Mount Bromo's eruption, in January 2016, was highly unusual as it lasted for almost a year
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Honorable Mention in The Beauty of Nature. This phenomenal picture was taken in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park at sunrise. Mount Bromo's eruption, in January 2016, was highly unusual as it lasted for almost a year
Second place in Journeys and Adventures category of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards. The explosive eruption and loud rumbling of the Mt. Bromo volcano scared the horse causing it to rear up onto its hind legs
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Second place in Journeys and Adventures category of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards. The explosive eruption and loud rumbling of the Mt. Bromo volcano scared the horse causing it to rear up onto its hind legs
Honorable Mention in Splash of Colors. 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
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Honorable Mention in Splash of Colors. 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
Remarkable Award in Animals in their Environment. Leap of Leopards
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Remarkable Award in Animals in their Environment. Leap of Leopards
Honorable Mention in Sports in Action. The Red Bull Rampage, held near Zion National Park, has become one of the biggest mountain biking events of the year
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Honorable Mention in Sports in Action. The Red Bull Rampage, held near Zion National Park, has become one of the biggest mountain biking events of the year
Third Place in The Beauty of Nature. A group of Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis Antarctica) is resting on an iceberg
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Third Place in The Beauty of Nature. A group of Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis Antarctica) is resting on an iceberg
Honorable Mention in Journeys and Adventures. An old Norwegian fisherman catching a cod the traditional way
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Honorable Mention in Journeys and Adventures. An old Norwegian fisherman catching a cod the traditional way
Third place in Journeys and Adventures. In the Drake Passage, between Cape Horn and Antarctica, a 12-meter wave pounds the boat's forecastle with its enormous splashes
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Third place in Journeys and Adventures. In the Drake Passage, between Cape Horn and Antarctica, a 12-meter wave pounds the boat's forecastle with its enormous splashes
Remarkable Award in Architecture and Urban Design. Centro Niemeyer
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Remarkable Award in Architecture and Urban Design. Centro Niemeyer
Remarkable Award in Architecture and Urban Design. A surreal snap of Dubai
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Remarkable Award in Architecture and Urban Design. A surreal snap of Dubai
Remarkable Award in The Beauty of Nature.  Lightman
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Remarkable Award in The Beauty of Nature.  Lightman
Third Place in Splash of Colors. "Playground" is a public basketball court located in Alessandria (Italy) designed by the Italian artist GUE
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Third Place in Splash of Colors. "Playground" is a public basketball court located in Alessandria (Italy) designed by the Italian artist GUE
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The Siena International Photo Awards only started in 2015 but it has quickly moved into a position of being one of the most impressive annual photographic competitions in the world. This year's recently revealed winners affirm that prestigious position with a spectacular assortment of images spanning everything from architecture to photojournalism.

Much like other photographic competitions the Siena Awards covers the usual categories, including nature, animals, architecture and travel. However, the competition also includes a special themed category every year. In 2018 this special category was entitled "Splash of Colors" seeking out exceptional color compositions.

Winner of 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
Winner of 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

The overall Photo of the Year award for 2018 went to Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad for a striking image entitled Battle Victim. The heartbreaking photograph captures a young Rohingyan refugee just days after arriving at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Asad has been chronicling the plight of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar for six years now, and this haunting image perfectly encapsulates the human tragedy currently occurring.

Winner of Animals in their Environment. 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
Winner of Animals in their Environment. 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

Another winning highlight is Amos Nachoum's amazingly timed image, Facing Reality. The absolutely remarkable shot freezes in time a moment illustrating a leopard seal hunting a penguin.

"The colors and clarity of the shot are incredible, as is the expert timing of the photographer as a leopard seal hunts a penguin in a lagoon at Pleneau Island in the Antarctic," explain the judges in an accompanying statement. "As for the outcome, the penguin escaped ... twice, but wasn't so lucky on the third strike."

Third place in Journeys and Adventures. In the Drake Passage, between Cape Horn and Antarctica, a 12-meter wave pounds the boat's forecastle with its enormous splashes
Third place in Journeys and Adventures. In the Drake Passage, between Cape Horn and Antarctica, a 12-meter wave pounds the boat's forecastle with its enormous splashes

Other spectacular highlights include Francisco Negroni's astounding shot of lighting interacting with a wild eruption of the Calbuco volcano in the Lagos region of Chile, and The Wave from French photographer Lorraine Turci, reminding us of the power of the ocean, as a massive wave pounds a boat nearing Antarctica.

Some of the images celebrated in the Siena Awards are certainly familiar, having appeared in prize-winning slots for other photographic competitions over the past year. However, this actually feels like a strength of the Siena competition, rather than a weakness, with the entire list of winning and commended images acting like a "best of the best" collection, encapsulating the most amazing images from the past 12 months.

Take a look through our gallery for a glimpse at our favorite entries in this impressive photo competition.

Source: SIPA Contest

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
The penguin and the lightning storm, amazing.
ljaques
Wow, gorgeous nature, indeed.
That's one scary seal, innit?