A few years ago, we started this adventure in order to bind a uniquely beautiful and historic city like Siena with a photo festival and contest: the Siena International Photo Awards. In these six years, our project has become, year by year, a highly anticipated event appreciated worldwide. This success is confirmed by the numbers and by the continued participation of the internationally renowned professionals who have chosen to contribute to our project, thus placing us among the major photographic contests in the world. We are happy that our dream has been enthusiastically supported since the beginning, both by the local authorities in Siena and private partners, without whom we couldn't have started this adventure.

French photographer Greg Lecoeur’s stunning shot, “Frozen Mobile Home,” of a giant iceberg surrounded by crabeater seals, is the overall winner of the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) contest, one of the world’s top international photography competitions. Jurors selected the winning image among tens of thousands of photos submitted by photographers from 156 countries. Winning photographers were announced on October 23rd.

Lecouer, an award-winning professional ocean and wildlife photographer, shot the image in Antarctica, where he is often involved in scientific projects that highlight the fragility of our oceans and the importance of preserving our planet.

South African photojournalist Brent Stirton won this year’s “Best Author” Award thanks to his powerful storytelling through images and his commitment to covering issues related to wildlife and conservation, as well as global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability, and the environment.

Egyptian photographer Nader Saadallah won the category "Short Documentary Film" with the extraordinary video, "The Forgotten."

Here are the best photos of 2018, 2017, and 2016

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#1

Mother (Remarkable Artwork In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Mother (Remarkable Artwork In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Homs, Syria's third-largest city, had been involved in the war for four years. A mother, who returned home after the end of the conflict, found her child's toy car in their destroyed house.

Hassan Ghaedi Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This is devastating. People who live through wars have a strength of which I can only imagine.

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#2

Friends (Honorable Mention In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Friends (Honorable Mention In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Riya and Sima are two little friends who live in the tea garden region of Sylhet, Bangladesh. Their smiling faces while playing in front of their house are a reflection of their purity.

Suvro Paul Report

Hope Floats
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This is just such a warm and happy photo and it makes you smile looking at it..

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#3

Night Hunter (1st Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Night Hunter (1st Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

The great grey owl is well known for its extreme hunting skill. After working on a story about this owl for many weeks in a row, I finally got a picture that told all I wanted to show in just one frame. I captured the owl seconds before it attacked a vole under the full moon. It's truly a hunter of the night.

Jonas Classon Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago (edited)

This great photo is certainly making the rounds. I have seen it on three separate Bored Panda threads.

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#4

Woman At Work (Remarkable Artwork In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Woman At Work (Remarkable Artwork In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Vietnamese workers sit surrounded by thousands of incense sticks in Quang Phu Can, a village in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the sticks have been traditionally made for hundreds of years. Incense plays an important role in the spiritual lives of Vietnamese people. People use incense in all worship activities. The bamboo bundles are arranged on the ground on sunny days so as to dry them.

Azim Khan Ronnie Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

How beautiful is this? At first, I thought that these bundles were fluffy flowers.

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#5

When Rays Fly (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

When Rays Fly (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A large group of Mobula Rays in the Sea of ​​Cortez. These creatures are as graceful in mid-air as they are in the water, throwing their wings like flying birds.

Amit Eshel Report

NWB
Community Member
3 weeks ago

love this! and really makes it being in black and white too

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#6

Home Alone (1st Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

Home Alone (1st Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

Only a single apartment's windows are lit in Tsing Yi district, a densely populated area of Hong Kong, right before sunset.

Attila Balogh Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I have been to Hong Kong when I was a teenager. Being young and stupid, I didn't appreciate the experience. The buildings were tall and packed together. I made the comment that the only way I could see the sky was to lie on the sidewalk, face up.

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#7

Mother Cares (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Mother Cares (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

In the Israeli Negev desert, a Nubian Ibox looking for food is very carefully escorting her one-and-a-half-month-old puppy in a difficult and dangerous passage.

Nachum Weiss Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I hope that they made it safely.

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#8

Waiting For Winter (Honorable Mention In The Beauty Of Nature Category)

Waiting For Winter (Honorable Mention In The Beauty Of Nature Category)

Leaves against the silhouettes of grey beech trunks in a cold winter forest. This scene immediately caught my eye and I captured it with my telephoto lens.

Martin Rak Report

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Lovely- it makes me think of a painting.

#9

The World Is Going Upside Down (2nd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

The World Is Going Upside Down (2nd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

The name orangutan means "man of the forest" in the Malay language. There are 3 varieties of Orangutan, the one in this picture is Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). Adult male orangutans can weigh up to 200 pounds. Flanged males have prominent cheek pads called flanges and a throat sac used to make loud verbalizations called long calls. They mainly feast on wild fruits like lychees, mangosteens, and figs, and slurp water from holes in trees.

Thomas Vijayan Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 weeks ago

What a great photo.

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#10

Spanish Moss (2nd Place In The Beauty Of Nature Category)

Spanish Moss (2nd Place In The Beauty Of Nature Category)

Early in the morning on a November day, inside the swamp, looking for the magnificent beauty of the Spanish moss. The late autumn colors made it appear almost monochromatic and the Bald Cypress stood in the still water creating an incredible reflection in the misty atmosphere.

Mauro Battistelli Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Like a painting of dancing trees.

#11

Taboo (2nd Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Taboo (2nd Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

I took this photo inside my home studio in Iran while I was working on a movie project about Afghan immigrants living in Iran. It was the first time that I'd witnessed someone wearing a burka in person. What struck me immediately upon seeing this woman was that I couldn’t see any part of her body except the soles of her feet as she walked. Since I captioned this photo as “Taboo,” the message I am expressing is one of rebellion.

Fattah Zinouri Report

miten sasmita
Community Member
3 weeks ago

While hijab is perfectly fine, fullbody burkas that covers even your eye are oppression. Ask anyone would they wear such closed clothing in a 40°C daily heatwave if they had other options. And socially, if women are expected to dress like this I suppose they have absolutely no power over their life other than to obey the man in the house.

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#12

Frozen Mobile Home (Photo Of The Year)

Frozen Mobile Home (Photo Of The Year)

Massive and mysterious habitats, icebergs are dynamic kingdoms that support marine life. As they swing and rotate slowly through polar currents, icebergs fertilize the oceans. Carrying nutrients from the earth, they are responsible for life blooms by developing phytoplankton and influence the carbon cycle by sequestering carbon dioxide from the air. They also thus shelter big animals such as crabeater seals that spend the entire year on the pack ice.

Greg Lecoeur Report

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The temperature probably feels normal and comfortable for them, larking about.

#13

Security Man (3rd Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

Security Man (3rd Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

It was still very early and the Maat Museum was still closed. But the guard was already walking slowly along the building. There was only a narrow path between the building and the river Tejo and my feet got wet taking this shot.

Martin Seraphin Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This reminds me of an Escher drawing.

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#14

Baby Orangutan Surgery (Honorable Mention In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Baby Orangutan Surgery (Honorable Mention In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Brenda, a 3-month-old female orangutan is ready for surgery to repair her damaged humerus. Orangutans are under threat from the ongoing depletion of the rainforest due to palm oil plantations, logging, mining, and hunting.

Alain Schroeder Report

Bama Belle
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I thought this was a severed, human arm.

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#15

Diogo Cancela (1st Place In Sports In Action Category)

Diogo Cancela (1st Place In Sports In Action Category)

Diogo Cancela of Portugal is seen during practice prior to day three of the British Para-Swimming International meeting at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ian Macnicol Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The bubble pattern ... mesmerizing.

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#16

Koichi Omae (1st Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Koichi Omae (1st Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

I met the amputee dancer Koichi Omae, originally from Osaka, on my way. At 23, when he was entering his career, a car accident took away all his dreams. He had his left leg amputated below the knee. With great willpower, he decided to continue his career as a dancer, aware that without the limb, he would have to spend much more energy not only in performing the artistic gesture, but also just walking normally.

Silvia Alessi Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Koichi certainly has strength and resolve. Bravo to him for soldiering forward.

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#17

Fear (Honorable Mention In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Fear (Honorable Mention In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Detainees are terrified after one of them died due to meningococcemia at a detention center in Biñan, Laguna, the southern part of Metro Manila. Authorities also banned visitors for safety precautions.

Dante Diosina Jr. Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Those poor children, such terrible conditions and squished in like sardines in a can.

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#18

Hope (3rd Place In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Hope (3rd Place In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Southwest of Tenerife, where one of the most important colonies of pilot whales lives, this 6-month-old young specimen had been hit and mutilated by a boat. The only thing left to do was to euthanize him. The traffic of ships poses a serious threat to whales worldwide.

Francis Pérez Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I hate seeing this photo because it always breaks my heart.

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#19

Utopia (1st Place In Under 20 Category)

Utopia (1st Place In Under 20 Category)

I called the photo Utopia, because nowadays, in our anthropomorphized world, it's almost impossible to see a scenario like that, an unspoiled nature in a perfect wilderness state, like it has been frozen forever in time.

Riccardo Marchegiani Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The title fits the photo.

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#20

La Dama Blanca (2rd Place In The Beauty Of Nature Category)

La Dama Blanca (2rd Place In The Beauty Of Nature Category)

There are still places in the world where fortunately nature reigns. Among them are the wild cliffs of Portugal where it is still possible to observe the nesting of storks.

Stanislao Basileo Report

Rizza Martinez
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Is it ”2nd” or ”3rd”?

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#21

Dentist (Remarkable Artwork In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Dentist (Remarkable Artwork In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Symbiosis between a moray eel and a cleaner shrimp. This moray eel was having its routine dental checkup. The cleaner shrimps clean parasites, insects, algaes, etc. off of the eels, making them more healthy – in return, the shrimps get a free meal.

Lilian Koh Report

Silvia John
Community Member
3 weeks ago

His nose tubes look like Shrek's ears :-D

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#22

Sisters (3rd Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Sisters (3rd Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Natalya, Irina, and Tatyana are three twin sisters from the northern Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. I found out about their existence from social networks a couple of years ago and really wanted to take pictures of them. This year, I managed to do it. Three sisters, three friends, three soulmates. Their love for each other is respected.

sipacontest.com Report

JD
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Great photo - but I believe you mean Triplets. Not 3 twins which refers to TWO people

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#23

Desert Ice (2nd Place In Sports In Action Category)

Desert Ice (2nd Place In Sports In Action Category)

Professional ice climber Will Gadd climbing on the remaining glacial ice on the crater of Mount Kilimanjaro. This ice wall is freestanding and looks like an iceberg emerging from the sand.

Christian Pondella Report

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
3 weeks ago

His climbing on it doesn't help.

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#24

In The Storm (Remarkable Artwork In Journeys & Adventures Category)

In The Storm (Remarkable Artwork In Journeys & Adventures Category)

Nenets people during a snow storm in the harsh siberian winter. In this part of the world, during winter time, temperatures can go as low as -50° and wind blows over 100km/h making these reindeer herders' life very difficult.

Stefano Cestari Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I grew up in Montana on the west side of Glacier National Park. This is why I don't live in Montana any longer. Painful to see and even more painful to live through.

#25

Benediction (1st Place In Journeys & Adventures Category)

Benediction (1st Place In Journeys & Adventures Category)

Muslim women praying in Hamedan, Iran for Eid al-Fitr. The last day of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all over the word with special prayers and gatherings.

Amirmahdi Najafloo Shahpar Report

NWB
Community Member
3 weeks ago

the pattern formation is amazing!

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#26

Think Different (Remarkable Artwork In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Think Different (Remarkable Artwork In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A big-scale sand smelt moving towards a moon jellyfish. To defend themselves from predators, these fish move together grouping in ever-changing forms. In this case, a single specimen appears to be making a "counter-current" decision.

Pietro Formis Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
3 weeks ago

It's like sperm fighting to get to the egg to fertilize it.

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#27

Death Of A Fire Victim (1st Place In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

Death Of A Fire Victim (1st Place In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

A man desperately tries to save himself during a fire that destroyed a 22-story building in Dhaka. The blaze resulted in 25 deaths and 70 injuries. The man was lowering himself by holding onto a cable, but the heat forced him to suddenly let go and he crashed to the ground.

Mohammad Sazid Hossain Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This is just so sad. The poor man...

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#28

Church Ceiling Concrete (2nd Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

Church Ceiling Concrete (2nd Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

Nevigeser Wallfahrtsdom church has truly unique architecture, with this concrete ceiling that seems to be an abstraction in reality.

Barbara Schmidt Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This ceiling is reminiscent of cubism.

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#29

The Rescuers (Honorable Mention In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

The Rescuers (Honorable Mention In Documentary & Photojournalism Category)

This image was taken during the Vijay Diwas celebration in Kolkata. This day is known as the victory of the Indian Army over Pakistan.

Shibasish Saha Report

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
3 weeks ago

So many of these photos are extremely sad; they highlight loss and injury and damage caused by thoughtless humans.

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