These Photo Contest’s Winners are Setting the Bar Very High in Photography

The Siena International Photo Awards, which is on its second year, has just announced its winners. There were a total of 11 categories which include Wildlife, Nature, Travel, and Sports. Among all, French photographer Greg Lecoeur was awarded as the overall winner with a staggering underwater shot.

Here are the photos of some of the winners.

Overall Winner


Photo by French photographer Greg Lecoeur

The photo shows marine predators hunting during the migratory period of sardines along the coast of South Africa.

Open Color (First Place)


Photo by Malaysian photographer Danny Yen Sin Wong

The photo has a title “Phan Rang Fishing Net Making”. It shows the colors and crafts of Vietnam.

Travel (First Place)


Photo by Turkish photographer Leyla Emektar

The photo shows a local peasant woman weaving her way between brightly colored greenhouses during the strawberry harvest.

Nature (First Place)


Photo by Italian photographer Giuseppe Mario Famiani

The photo shows the billowing eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy.

Sport (First Place)


Photo by Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen

A friend skiing at night, descends a 10 meter high clifftop in Tromso, Norway. The challenge was quite demanding because the night was much darker than it appears in the photo. So much so, that it was impossible to see where one might land. The image is the result of a long exposure and the use of a specific flash pointed to capture the subject during action.

Architecture (Second Place)


Photo by Emirati photographer Ali Al Hajri

Two women walking reflect their images on the water and give birth to the exaltation of the geometry and architecture of Sheikh Zayed’s Grand Mosque.

People and Portrait (Remarkable Award)


Photo by Chinese photographer Jianjun Huang

During a Dharma assembly in the monastery of Labrang Lamasery in China, due to the heavy snow, all the monks’ robes were covered with a thick layer of snow. When a young Lama was looking back with a smile, the photographer captured his smiling face.

Open Color (Honorable Mention)


Photo by Burmese photographer Danny Yen Sin Wong

On the sand dunes of Mui Ne, situated close to its homonym city in South Vietnam, three girls are walking along the slope wearing their typical cone hats and carrying their scales, creating beautiful lines and shade effects on the sand.

Nature (Honorable Mention)


Photo by French photographer Greg Lecoeur

The mangroves are a unique and very important ecosystem on Earth. As in all the ecosystems, you can find an apex predator at the top of the food chain to regulate the good health of the ocean. In Cuba, I explored the mangrove and was able to photograph the American crocodile.

Travel (Honorable Mention)


Photo by European photographer James Rushforth

This is Monte Piana (2324m) in the Italian Dolomites, above the small town of Misurina during the International Highline festival. The mountain is popular with walkers, and in particular slack liners, who come to take advantage of the mountains’ numerous buttresses, suspending thin lines between the spectacular cliffs and then attempting to walk over the gaps.

To see all the winners, view it here.

What do you think of the works of the winners? Super hardcore, right?

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