Every year photographers from all over the world make submissions to try and win a Siena International Photo Award. Over the years, it has become the photography contest with the highest number of entrants ever. The last contest received submissions from people representing over one hundred counties.
Not only do plenty of people submit pictures to the contest, but hundreds attend the event each year in person in Teatro dei Rozzi. The event has become so popular that it’s now streamed live over the internet so people can watch from all over the world.
Siena has become the annual destination for photographers looking for one of their prestigious awards. It could be called the Super Bowl of photography as it’s one of the most attended and watched events in the field.
Winning one of these awards means that a photographer is truly one of the best in the world at capturing something spectacular in pictures. When you see some of these below you’ll know that you are looking at some of the best there is without a doubt.
A woman, who is wearing a traditional cone style hat, is making a fishing net near Phan Rang, Vietnam.
This awesome picture was taken of a strawberry picker walking between the greenhouses. It was taken near Nazilli, Turkey.
Here the photographer captured a picture at the perfect moment. It was taken during an assembly in the monastery of Labrang Lamasery. The purple robes were covered with snow and it made for a perfect picture when one of the young men turned around with a smile.
Greg Lecoeur got this awesome but dangerous photograph in a mangrove in Cuba. You can see the alligator just below the surface and it's easy to see why it was in the running for the win.
Sometimes getting the perfect picture is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. This is a beautiful shot of a sprinkle net being cast and you can see why it was a winner!
In the South Borneo region water transportation is an everyday part of life. This great photo was taken at a water market.
This is a photo of two women showing their reflections on water. It came out like the architecture of Sheikh Zayed's Grand Mosque. It's pretty amazing how they did that.
It's easy to see why this photo was a winner. It's a tremendous shot of Mount Etna that was taken in December of 2015. You can see the gas, ash and magma blasting high into the sky.
Even with the state that the world is in many countries still have long time traditions that are still followed. This photo was taken in Sichuan, China at a tea house. It shows people relaxing while listening to a storytelling session. It's a part of every day life there.
This photo was taken of the Bhenwa family in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The colors and contrast make it a picture perfect moment.
This is a great photograph that should have won its category but unfortunately didn't. You can see the huge waves of a typhoon crashing into an area that obviously won't be able to stand up to the force of more like this.
This winning shot is one that you can look at for a long time and see many different things. There is no way that this shot couldn't be a winner!
This shot was done with perfect timing during a recess period in school.
If you ever visit Zhoushan City in China you may run into the country's first ever mud park. Here you can see several people having a good time there. Yes in a park made completely of mud.
If this photograph didn't win you'd have to think that the contest was fixed. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's true then this one is worth a million words. What an awesome picture!