The fascination of our earth in impressive worlds of images: the “Siena International Photo Awards” have been honoring the most spectacular snapshots from all over the world every year since 2015. In nine categories, the winners were chosen from thousands of submitted photos from all corners of the world.
An elephant that makes it clear who owns the wilderness, magically sparkling fireflies and a pack of wolves that eats the carcass of a musk ox: the winners of the renowned “Siena International Photo Awards” (SIPA) photography competition have been announced. More than 40,000 entries from almost 160 countries – the international jury had their hands full selecting the most spectacular photographs in the various categories. We show the winning photos from three categories.
travel and adventure
The winning photo in the “Travel and Adventure” category shows that even a critical view convinces the jury of the “ Siena International Photo Awards ”. Russian Sergey Savvi’s picture entitled “This is My Jungle” shows an angry elephant attacking a jeep in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park. Probably because the safari tourists ventured too close to his territory and disturbed the giant.
In second place: “Swamp Motel”. The American Mac Stone is a passionate photographer of swampy landscapes. Since dry soil is scarce in these wetlands, he prefers to sleep in a hammock
Third place goes to Antonio Aragon Renuncio for his photography “Desire for Knowledge”.
The beauty of nature
A photo by Shirley Wung from Taiwan took first place in the category “The Beauty of Nature” . It’s like something out of a fairy tale: twinkling fireflies atmospherically illuminate a piece of forest in the dark. Incidentally, the fireflies send out light signals with the help of so-called luminous organs on their abdomen. This bioluminescence is part of their mating ritual and is used for communication between sexually mature males and females. The latter are unable to fly and attract the flying males with their light signals.
In second place: “Sandstorm” (“Sandstorm”) by Johannes Lochner. The photo shows three hyenas, a jackal and two elephants during a sandstorm in Chobe National Park.
Third place goes to Domenico Tripodi for his photo titled “Aliens”
animals in their environment
A very special perspective: The nature photographer Ronan Donovan has hidden a camera in the carcass of a large musk ox in the Canadian Arctic. For over a month, a pack of ten wolves kept returning to the carcass to feed. The resulting photo, “Food for Weeks,” took first place in the Animals Around Them category.
Roie Galitz secured second place with “Elephants last Embrace” (“The Last Embrace of an Elephant”)
Both amateur and professional photographers are recognized at the Siena International Photo Awards. Try your luck yourself once you have captured a very special moment photographically.