Amazing Photos That Won The Siena International Photo Awards

The 2018 Siena International Photo Awards has received 48,000 submissions from 156 countries, and the judges have had an incredibly hard time deciding the winners. Nonetheless, the winners have been decided, and just like in 2017 and 2016, their images show just how diverse our beautiful world really is.
Every year, the competition includes a special category. This time, it was entitled Splash of Colors, seeking out exceptional color compositions. In total, the entrants competed in 11 categories, ranging from stunning landscapes to subtle portraits and dramatic sports moments. The grand prize, the Photo of the Year award, went to Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad for his shot Battle Victim. Asad has been documenting the plight of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar for six years now, and this chilling photo of a young Rohingya refugee perfectly portrays the terrible human tragedy unfolding there.
Continue scrolling to check out the rest of the winning images.


#1 El Calbuco, Chile (1st Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

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

#2 Arctic Fox, Usa (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

I encountered this fox scavenging a Caribou's carcass on the coastal plains of Alaska's Arctic. I spent two hours slowly approaching it until I took this picture from six feet away, as she finished her meal. It was a surreal and unforgettable experience and a rare opportunity to be accepted into a wild animal's existence for a few special hours

#3 Rhino Silhouette, Kenya (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

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

#4 Cosmic Wildflowers, Brazil (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

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

#5 Sharing Emotion (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#6 Underwater View Of The Winter Lofoten (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Categoty)

#7 Joana, Dancer At The Tropicana, Sat With Her Grandmother, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

Joana Menendez Gonzalez, a performer at the Tropicana Cabaret in Havana, sat with her maternal grandmother, proudly looking at her

#8 Nemo In The House (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#9 Toy Houses, Russia (1st Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

This picture of some Russian dachas near the city of Arkhangelsk is interesting thanks to the intense contrast between the colors of the houses and the white snow covering the Russian town

#10 The Wave, Antarctica Waters (3rd Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)

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

#11 Beyond Pink, USA (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

Breast cancer goes beyond the month of October and the pink ribbons. This portrait is part of a series showing honest and empowering images of breast cancer

#12 Run! (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#13 Camels In The Desert, Mongolia (2nd Place In General Color Category)

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

#14 Mind The Gap, Antarctica (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A small group of Emperor Penguins huddles near a crack in an ice floe, in a pristine area of the Southern Ocean adjacent to Antarctica, known as the Ross Sea

#15 Jump, Canada (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A snowy owl takes flight alarmed by the call of another female. This species gives particular care to protecting its own hunting territory

#16 The Twins' Gymnastics Dream, China (3rd Place In Story-Telling Category)

#17 Break, Indonesia (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

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

#18 Battle Victim, Bangladesh (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. 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

#19 Love On The Rocks (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#20 The Road Of Fortune, Vietnam (Honorable Mention in Splash of Colors category)

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

#21 Share (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#22 Duel In The Snow (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#23 Killer Whale In Polar Night, Norway (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A killer whale emerges on the surface while hunting in an Arctic Norwegian fjord during the polar night

#24 Kitten (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#25 Flying On The Beach, The Netherlands (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

I was lying down in the cold water looking for the right position and took this picture at the exact moment when the dog was jumping high to catch the disc, almost flying in the sky

#26 The Beakful Of The Hoopoe, Italy (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Looking, as usual, for the nests of the most beautiful bird species in Trentino, I unexpectedly saw this hoopoe and I immediately grasped the opportunity to photograph it

#27 Drink, China (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

In a small hilltop village with water shortage problems, a little boy drinks water from a water pipe

#28 Little Nenets Nedko, Russia (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

The North is a fantastic region populated by extraordinary people with a distinct culture fully adjusted to the environment of the extreme North. Despite being in the 21st century, people of the North still maintain their traditional culture, reflecting the time-honoured, close interaction between people and nature, demonstrating a genuinely caring attitude towards everything that surrounds them

#29 Kid With Hand Crafts, Ethiopia (1st Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

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

#30 Facing Reality, Pleneau Island, Antarctic Peninsula (1st Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#31 Travelers, Antarctica (3rd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

A group of Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis Antarctica) is resting on an iceberg. 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

#32 Cold At Surface, Norway (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

In the waters of Tromsø, during a freezing polar night (-18°C), a killer whale is taking a breath at the cold surface gifting us this amazing photo

#33 Unity, Bangladesh (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

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

#34 Giochi In Verde (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

#35 Polar Trout, Norway (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

A brown trout spawning in a special night atmosphere as the stars and the full moon light the scene

#36 Redyk, Poland (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

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

#37 Vulture And Jackal (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#38 Migration, Saudi Arabia (2nd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

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

#39 Flying Fishing Nest, China (3rd Place In General Color Category)

This image is able to evoke a sense of peace, portraying a fisherman at work on the Ningde Jiuli River in Xiapu County, China, while the wind lifts his fishing nets. The special light, the sun's rays, and the wind all add up creating a magical and striking atmosphere

#40 Floating Market, Indonesia (1st Place In Splash Of Colors Category)

Early in the morning before sunrise up to a hundred boats meet at the colorful Lok Baintan Floating Market in Indonesia. It is one of the oldest markets in Asia where the inhabitants still trade from traditional wooden boats

#41 Game Of Colors, India (2nd Place In Splash Of Colors Category)

The Holi Festival is a yearly Indian celebration announcing the arrival of spring, with a colorful atmosphere that radiates love and happiness

#42 Sperm Whale Herd, Sri Lanka (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

The sperm whales pictured here had just emerged from milling around in a gigantic cluster, with many of the whales defecating to such an extent that the water was opaque with secretions. This scene was part of a large, multi-day aggregation comprising hundreds, perhaps thousands of whales

#43 Man Carries Injured Son, Iraq (1st Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)

A heartbroken father, carrying his injured son, flees a checkpoint in West Mosul, Iraq

#44 Exhalation (Remarkable Award In Splash Of Colors Category)

#45 The Great Eclipse, USA (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

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

#46 Hyaena, Tanzania (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A hyaena is roaming in the water looking for food on a misty morning. The black and white image conveys a sense of quiet

#47 The Contact (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#48 School Of Barracuda (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#49 Ouch, It Is Cold (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#50 Good-Bye, Israel (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

A chameleon whipped out its tongue to capture a dragonfly, while I was hiding behind a bush in order not to disturb the scene. Its tongue is longer than its body, and its tip is sticky and thick

#51 Smoking An Old Woman (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#52 Krishna The God Of Colours (Remarkable Award In Splash Of Colors Category)

#53 The Window, Costa Rica (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

During my stay in a hotel in Costa Rica, red-eyed frogs (Agalichnis callydrias) flooded the gardens. As I approached this one, it climbed into one of the holes and I photographed the frog as if it were sticking out of a window

#54 The Hunt, India (2nd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A young and inexperienced tiger cub attempts to hunt a chital (spotted deer) in Ranthambore National Park, India; but the chital turned out to be too big for this young cub. I captured the moment when the tiger cub was struggling to get the prey down, as his siblings and mother were watching from a distance

#55 Ocean Fury, Iceland (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

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

#56 A Giant In The Dark, Botswana (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

A close-up portrait of a bull Elephant (Loxodonta africana) captured in Chobe National Park in Botswana. A Low-Key monochrome conversion, with a blurred background, was used to add mood and achieve a more intimate portrait of this gentle giant

#57 Swing, Bolivia (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

Tanya is playing on a swing in the Bolivian trains cemetery, 3 km outside Uyuni. This place, where many trains were abandoned at the beginning of the 19th century, is connected to Uyuni by the old train tracks

#58 Henningsvær Football Field, Norway (2nd Place In Architecture And Urban Spaces Category)

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

#59 Eagles Arguing, Finland (Honorouble Mention In Under 20 Category)

Two white-tailed eagles are fighting in their arctic environment in Sodankylä, Finland

#60 Every Breath You Take, Germany (1st Place In General Color Category)

The picture was taken from 35 individual images of swimmers at the triathlon in the Duesseldorf Media Harbour in the summer of 2017. I was able to take them from above, while the athletes crossed a pedestrian bridge capturing their very individual "breathing techniques“. I was inspired by the work of Andreas Gursky; therefore, I took the individual images with the highest possible sharpness

#61 The Man Staring, Bangladesh (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

This photo was taken at Tongi Railway Station, Bangladesh. A train from the country was entering the platform and as it arrived I suddenly found a pair of curious eyes staring at me through the window. The mist on the glass and the curious eyes create a dreamy atmosphere where the black umbrella represents reality - a journey towards the city full of hopes and dreams

#62 The Paradise Of Forgotten Hearts, Togo (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

A group of children happily plays in a river from heavy rains near Mandouri (Togo, West Africa). Every year, unsafe water, coupled with a lack of basic sanitation, kills at least 1.6 million children under the age of five around the planet. Six to eight million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases

#63 I Want To Play, Myanmar (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

A boy who lost his leg is watching his classmates playing football. He seems to be saying, "I want to play too." If only he could

#64 Honey Hunters (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#65 Free-Riders (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#66 Leap Of Leopards (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#67 In The Melaleuca Forest, Vietnam (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

A woman is collecting water chestnuts during the high tide season in the Melaleuca forest in Mekong Delta, Vietnam

#68 Roopa, Dimple And Soniya (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#69 Snowy Ballerina (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#70 Egrets Fight (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#71 Giant Serenity, Kenya (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

A female Elephant (Loxodonta africana) approaches a stream at sunset in the Northeastern part of Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

#72 Cannonball, Tonga (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

This is a humpback whale launching itself out of the water during an overcast, stormy day. The young whale was a little boy, showing off his skills. I took this photo with a camera modified for monochrome images

#73 Truit (Remarkable Award In General Color Category)

#74 Fisherman At Inle Lake, Myanmar (1st Place In Under 20 Category)

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

#75 The Jump, USA (Honorouble Mention In Sports In Action Category)

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

#76 Traditional Coastal Cod Fishery, Norway (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

An old Norwegian fisherman catching a cod the traditional way. Fishing has always been the major traditional activity for Norwegians and still holds a central place in their households and daily life

#77 Runner, The Netherlands (1st Place In General Monochrome Category)

This photograph highlights the modern architecture of Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands by using black and white technique and the movement of the runner in the static scene

#78 4 Hours Of Air Traffic, USA (Honorouble Mention In Architecture and Urban Spaces Category)

A stacked exposure showing 4 hours of air traffic departing from the N/S runways at SFO. This is one of a series, showing the frenetic pace with which these complex microcosms operate. To achieve this image, I was perched on a mountaintop 2 miles from the runway, with a super-telephoto lens, clicking exposures every time a plane departed

#79 Waiting In Limbo: Kashmir’s Half-Widow, India (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

Shamla Begum’s husband, Fathiq Nagar, was 37 years old when he was taken by strangers on his way to Baramulla, the nearest town to their village. The violence of Kashmir’s armed conflict has given rise to a category of women known as “half-widows”, whose husbands have ‘disappeared’ during the decades-long conflict

#80 Playground, Italy (3rd Place In Splash Of Colors Category)

The art of regeneration is an urban renewal project through public art and design. "Playground" is a public basketball court located in Alessandria (Italy) designed by the Italian artist GUE. Public art is a response to urban degeneration. It can contribute to civic identity, has educational value, promotes social change, and encourages economic development. It is a way to transform a space into a place

#81 Save The Last Dance, Germany (Honorouble Mention In Architecture and Urban Spaces Category)

A piano telling a story of other times, when in the 1920's couples danced to its notes. Even today, despite the dust covering it, its music echoes in the room, bringing us into an atmosphere full of charm and emotion

#82 Giants Of The Ocean, Norway (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

Two humpback whales enjoy playing during the polar night in Northern Norway

#83 Winter Idyll In Everyday Life, Germany (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

From above, in winter, even an everyday life scene can become interesting and suggest a story

#84 Gypsy Child (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#85 Reflection Pole Vault, Spain (1st Place In Sports In Action Category)

The pole vaulter makes his final jump, decisive to proclaim himself the winner of the event. The moment is captured in the reflection generated by the intense rains on the ground

#86 Order Within Density, Hong Kong (3rd Place In Under 20 Category)

This aerial photograph of Sheung Wan area questions the stereotypes of Hong Kong being claustrophobic, demonstrating the existence of a geometric order within this chaotic city

#87 Road To Ruin, Syria (2nd Place In Story-Telling Category)

#88 Fighting, Russia (Honorouble Mention In Under 20 Category)

Two big brown bears are ferociously fighting, even though there is no prize to win

#89 From The Cloud (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#90 Windows And Sculpture, France (Honorouble Mention In Splash Of Colors Category)

Windows with colorful yet abstract reflections and a Sculpture with colorful strips from La Défense business district in Paris

#91 The Light Fantastic, United Kingdom (3rd Place In Sports In Action Category)

Athletes compete in the Men's 10,000 meters final at Hampden Park during day nine of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

#92 High Dive, Hungary (Honorouble Mention In Sports In Action Category)

A competitor makes a practice dive prior to the Men's High dive on day seventeen of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest

#93 Young Lama In The Snowstorm, Sichuan (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

In the temple of Gerdeng, in the county of Aba, Sichuan province, young Lamas are sitting on stone steps, listening carefully to their teachers, in spite of the intense snowfall

#94 Road To Ruin, Syria (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

November 2017 - According to estimates by the Civil Council, more than 8,000 mines are hidden in Raqqa. The Civil Council explores a former ISIS hospital looking for medicines that can still be used. A view from the ruined tower clock, overlooking the ruins of Raqqa, shows Abdulla al-Arian as he inspects the place

#95 Shark And Mountains (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

#96 Mt. Bromo, Indonesia (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

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

#97 Qasr Al-Yahud Baptismal Site, Qasr al-Yahud (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

An Eritrean Orthodox Christian pilgrim baptizes a young girl, as pilgrims celebrate Epiphany at the Qasr al-Yahud Baptismal Site, near the West Bank city of Jericho. The baptism site is where, according to the tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Christian tradition marks this site as the place of the 'spiritual birth' of Jesus

#98 Headless (Remarkable Award In Sports In Action Category)

#99 Circus Decay, Belgium (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

In this photo, evoking an old circus ring, only the elephant and the ringmaster remain... the audience left long ago

#100 The Pool - Para (Remarkable Award In Sports In Action Category)

#101 Prada, Usa (3rd Place In Architecture And Urban Spaces Category)

This picture is from the 'Lost America series' and shows a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape that is somehow ‘on-pause’. Spaces appear frozen in time, their inhabitants, absent or long since departed. Ardently stagnant in their appearance, the images aim to unlock a moment of reflective contemplation and instill a melancholic feeling of familiarity

#102 Path Of Camels Across The Sands, Saudi Arabia (Honorable Mention In General Color Category)

From an unusually high point of view, these camels seem to trace a road across the desert dunes, projecting beautiful shadows on the sand

#103 The Devotees,india (Honorouble Mention In Splash Of Colors Category)

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

#104 Colors Of Joy, India (Honorouble Mention In Splash Of Colors Category)

Devotees celebrate the traditional and colorful Holi Festival at Krishna Temple in Nandgaon, India

#105 Meet The Hosts - Metro Driver, Russia (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

In 2018 Russia will host the Football World Cup and the idea of my project is to portray Russian people as the hosts. All together, they convey a picture of Russia and give an insight into the Russian soul. This work is about people, their identity, their environment, their culture, and society

#106 Rohingya Exodus, Bangladesh (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

After Myanmar's army carried out the 'ethnic cleansing' of the Rohingya in Rakhine State, more than half a million people fled from the violence which included 340,000 children. After several days journey, a group of refugees reached Cox's Bazar camp in Bangladesh

#107 Yibbum #1 (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#108 The Human Torch (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#109 Crossing The Border (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#110 Pool, The Netherlands (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

A symbolic image of a girl in a black swimsuit pretending to swim in an empty swimming pool

#111 The Bear, Romania (Honorouble Mention In Under 20 Category)

Since ancient times, the bear has always represented a sacred animal. Every year, before New Year's Eve, Comanesti is filled with Romanian traditions where children wear bear furs and make noise in order to drive away evil spirits and start a bright year

#112 Derby Goal, Sweden (Honorouble Mention In Sports In Action Category)

Nils-Eric Johansson scores the opening goal during the match of the Swedish championship between AIK and Hammarby at Friends Arena of Solna

#113 Trophy Hunting - Should We Kill Animals To Save Them? (1st Place In Story-Telling Category)


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