For those who haven’t heard about Siena awards, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of the most prestigious photography awards which showcase contestants from over 100 countries around the world. Just recently all of their submissions have been evaluated and the winners of travel photography 2016 have been announced.
Incredible scenarios span from Cuba to India and are brought to still images in truly spectacular ways. The winner of Open Color category Danny Yen Sin Wong snapped a photo of a Vietnamese woman making a traditional fishing net, which looks completely out of this world. While Leyla Emektar, winner of the Travel category, has composed a vibrant depiction of a working day in the life of a strawberry picker in Turkey.
The winning photographs are currently displayed at the Siena Art Photo Travel Festival, in a month-long expo “Beyond the Lens” held in the city of Siena, Italy. The exhibition runs from October 29 to November 30.
#1 Phan Rang Fishing Net Making, Vietnam (1st Place In Open Color Category)
In a small village in southern Vietnam near Phan Rang, a woman wearing a typical cone hat is creating a fishing net in their traditional manner. The manufacturing of handmade nets is still a typical Vietnamese activity for women which they carry on while their husbands are out fishing.
Image source: Danny Yen Sin Wong
#2 Smile (Honorable Mention In People And Portrait Category)
During a Dharma assembly in the monastery of Labrang Lamasery, 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.
Image source: Jianjun Huang
#3 Strawberry Greenhouses, Turkey (1st Place In Travel Category)
A strawberry-picker walks between colorful greenhouses near Nazilli, in the Aydın province of Turkey.
Image source: Leyla Emektar
#4 Sprinkle Net (Remarkable Award In Open Color Category)
Image source: Fuyang Zhou
#5 The Power Of Nature, Sicily (1st Place In Nature Category)
Magma, ash, and gas erupt from Mount Etna in December 2015, rising to a height of several kilometers.
Image source: Giuseppe Mario Famiani
#6 Mangrove, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Nature Category)
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.
Image source: Greg Lecoeur
#7 Floating Market, Malaysia (3rd Place In Travel Category)
Water transportation plays an important role in everyday life in South Borneo.
Image source: Antonius Andre Tjiu
#8 Outlines And Shadows, South Vietnam, (Honorable Mention In Open Color Category)
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.
Image source: Danny Yen Sin Wong
#9 Women Reflection, UAE (2nd Place In Architecture Category)
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.
Image source: Ali Al Hajri
#10 Central Black, Bahrain (3rd Place In Open Color Category)
A Bahraini Muslim woman carrying her son while taking part in the funeral of Isa Radhi, the Bahraini protester who was allegedly killed during Martial Law in Sitra Village, South Manama on March 22, 2011.
Image source: Isa Ebrahim
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