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Today, we’d like to present you with a list of the finalists for the 2024 Siena Drone Photo Awards. As we read on the contest's website: “Siena Awards is an independent project born from the dream of making Siena and its territory the international capital of photography; a great curator of exclusive events that aim to include and involve great international photographers, amateurs, emerging talents, enthusiasts, and all those who love culture.”

We’re excited to share with you the list of 36 nominees in 7 categories. It’s important to mention there are 2 more categories - Series and Video - that we’d highly recommend you check out on the organizer's website. The winning images will be announced at the Siena Awards ceremony on 28 September 2024.

Scroll down to see the best drone photographs and to read our interview with one of this year's nominees, Ivo Danchev.

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Bored Panda reached out to Ivo Danchev, a Siena Awards finalist, whose image 'Shepherd with Herd' is nominated in this year’s People category. We wondered what inspired the photographer to capture this particular moment of the shepherd Nikola with his Karakachan sheep, and what message he hoped to convey through this picture. Ivo shared with us: “Back in 2013, I was working for Slow Food magazine in the western Balkan mountains of Serbia, near the border with Bulgaria. My job was to document one of the very last herds of Karakachan sheep and there was Nikola - their shepherd. After having a friendly conversation with him I could tell he had great love and care for his animals. His stories inspired me to make a portrait of him and his herd that captures his relationship and the protection he was for that bunch of brown survivors.”

#2

“Ocean Clean Up” By Toby Nicol (UK)

“Ocean Clean Up” By Toby Nicol (UK)

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The whale looks so calm and relaxed. I wonder if they are getting a massage with this clean up.

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“Elddreki / Fire Dragon” By Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove (Belgium)

“Elddreki / Fire Dragon” By Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove (Belgium)

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Asked how he felt while photographing this scene, the Siena Awards finalist said: “I was charmed by the beauty of my characters, both man and animals, and got super excited to be able to look at them and photograph them from above. It was the perfect angle. I wanted the viewers to fall in love with the characters – just as strong as I felt at that very moment.”

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#4

“Marching In The Salt Marsh.” By Raj Mohan (India)

“Marching In The Salt Marsh.” By Raj Mohan (India)

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Kelly H. Wilder
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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought this was a cave painting! It took me a minute to process it as a photo.

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“A Polar Romance” By Florian Ledoux (France)

“A Polar Romance” By Florian Ledoux (France)

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like a Mama bear and her older cub, not a male and female. Like most bears, the two sexes stay away from each other unless it is for mating.

Next, Ivo told us what he learned about the cultural and historical significance of traditional Karakachan life through his project: “In the past, the Karakachan used to practice transhumance and a semi-nomadic lifestyle. They were migrating from the Egean Sea to the Black Sea following the high mountain pastures so their numerous sheep herds could graze. In the 1960s the communist party decided to take their herds and put them into blocks of flats.

At that time, the military blocked the mountain passes and forced them to obey and give away their animals to slaughter. That was a time of great sorrow and loss of traditional lifestyle. They told me in the beginning they used to sleep on the balconies as the rooms felt like prison. The small brown sheep accommodated to harsh mountains weren’t producing enough milk compared to the lowland breeds and their numbers were decreased until, in the beginning of the 21st century, there were only few animals surviving in some remote areas.

Today, after about 20 years of hard work of devoted people like Nikola, there are several new herds and hope that the breed could be saved as part of the world's biodiversity.”

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#6

“Cranberry Harvest” By Brad Weiner (USA)

“Cranberry Harvest” By Brad Weiner (USA)

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

then I learned that since they flood the plants to harvest, that there are literally thousands of spiders climbing on the workers to escape the water. Since they need the spiders for pest control it is important not to injure them...

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Lastly, we were curious about what future projects the photographer is particularly excited about exploring. Danchev told us: “Shepherds and animals have always been some of my favorite subjects. For the past 6 years, I have been working on a long-term book project on the extremely rich heritage of masked traditions of Bulgaria, and again it is a story of the ancient bond between man and animals. It seems to be my favorite story and I just can’t let it go.”

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#10

“The Shadow Jumper” By Edouard Salmon (France)

“The Shadow Jumper” By Edouard Salmon (France)

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#11

“Bridge Brings Into The City” By Xu Zhang (China)

“Bridge Brings Into The City” By Xu Zhang (China)

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#15

“Love From Above” By Joanna Zdancewicz (Poland)

“Love From Above” By Joanna Zdancewicz (Poland)

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“Apple Dream” By Tim Demski (Poland)

“Apple Dream” By Tim Demski (Poland)

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So after the ceremony hunny, we are going to climb across 10000 apples...yes in your heels and white dress. Dont worry darling they have a ladder

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“Pelicanos Blancos” By Guillermo Soberón (Mexico)

“Pelicanos Blancos” By Guillermo Soberón (Mexico)

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#20

“Drifting In Space” By Gilad Topaz (Israel)

“Drifting In Space” By Gilad Topaz (Israel)

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“Minimalist Action” By Alex Berasategi (Azerbaijan)

“Minimalist Action” By Alex Berasategi (Azerbaijan)

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“Chain Lights Of Cross-Country Skiiers” By Daniel Koszela (Poland)

“Chain Lights Of Cross-Country Skiiers” By Daniel Koszela (Poland)

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1 week ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This reminds me of the weirdest drive I ever had at night. Had about an hour drive home through Northern Wisconsin, beautiful forested drive. I saw a light hovering, seemed to bobble a little back and forth and a little up and down on the side of the 2 lane highway. Heart pounded a little, it was bizarre. Weirded out, I slow down to see what is causing it. It was a teenage Amish boy on rollerblades with a mining helmet pulling a small buggy! So as he pushed off with each leg the light would sway, left to right.

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#25

“Stay Where Your Heat Smiles” By Silke Hullmann (Germany)

“Stay Where Your Heat Smiles” By Silke Hullmann (Germany)

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“Blue Adrenaline: The Surge Of Pipeline” By Matt Dusig (USA)

“Blue Adrenaline: The Surge Of Pipeline” By Matt Dusig (USA)

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“Last Minute” By Roberto Hernandez (Mexico)

“Last Minute” By Roberto Hernandez (Mexico)

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1 week ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then as the stadium's rotation began to slowly pick up speed, I could hear screaming breaking out as here and there I saw people pointing up at what I can only describe as a giant "needle" descending from the sky. As it made contact with the stands, it gouged a line of screaming spectators around the circumference. Simultaneously I heard the loudest music playing and words I'll never forget: "We're Sgt Pepper's lonley hearts club band we hope that you enjoy the show..."

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“Bucha, City Of Death” By Carol Guzy (USA)

“Bucha, City Of Death” By Carol Guzy (USA)

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1 week ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Russia started this war! He can't be happy with what he's got! He wants Ukraine for it's resources so he kills all these people just for money and control. He's a KGB baby!

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“Magical Lines” By Mohd Khorshid (Kuwait)

“Magical Lines” By Mohd Khorshid (Kuwait)

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6 days ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This pic in particular could REALLY benefit from an explanation. What are we looking at?

Note: this post originally had 36 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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