Photography is a craft that includes the knowledge of lighting, composition, and good timing. But most important of all is curiosity that makes the images worth getting a prestigious award. This year, the jury has selected the 34 best images of 2022, and we invite you to explore the power one image can capture.

The Siena International Photo Awards is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world. Part of SIPAContest, one of the hottest cultural festivals in the Tuscany region of Italy, this year's 2022 winning participants were selected from tens of thousands of images sent by photographers from 140 countries.

If you would like to explore more winning photos, see our previous post here.

Bored Panda has contacted the organizers to answer some questions about the event and its whereabouts.

“This competition has been the first event of the Siena Awards which is a project that aims to make Siena the world capital of photography. It is a great curator of quality events with a common denominator: the language of photography as a lifelong passion.”

More info: sipacontest.com | Facebook | twitter.com | youtube.com

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Storyboard: 1st Classified, Urban And Wild By Peter Mather

Storyboard: 1st Classified, Urban And Wild By Peter Mather

Peter Mather Report

The organizers continued: “Siena, a jewel of Italy, is the ideal place to realize this dream, as it has always been a city of art, with unique beauty and the ability to open its heart, its doors, and its creativity. A major international festival, Siena Awards includes three photographic awards of excellence and a series of events and exhibitions throughout the year for photographers all over the world: from great names to emerging talents to enthusiasts, to visitors from around the world who love culture. Siena Awards is an exclusivity that becomes inclusive.”

#2

Photo Of The Year: Woman From Evia By Konstantinos Tsakalidis

Photo Of The Year: Woman From Evia By Konstantinos Tsakalidis

Kritsiopi Panayiota, 81 years old, reacts as a wildfire approaches her house. Amid the hottest and most long-lasting heatwave in the last 30 years, with temperatures reaching 47°C, hundreds of forest fires broke out across the country, severely hitting Greece’s second largest island. Thousands of residents and tourists were evacuated by boat. The fire, which raged uncontrollably for a week in the tinder-dry pine forests, destroyed more than 50,000 hectares of forest area and agricultural land, burned dozens of houses, and killed many animals.

Konstantinos Tsakalidis Report

Fluffy mommy panda
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such devastation in one moment on her face. Poor lady I feel so sorry for her.

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#3

Fascinating Faces & Characters: 2nd Classified, This Is My Eye By Ahmed El Hanjoul

Fascinating Faces & Characters: 2nd Classified, This Is My Eye By Ahmed El Hanjoul

Ahmed El Hanjoul Report

The competition has been around for a while now. The organizers shared how it has changed and evolved over the years. “The competition, year by year, is increasing both in terms of participants and in terms of quality as it has become a contest to win in order to be highlighted throughout the world.”

This year's submitted images were very emotional. ”The winners have been chosen by the Judging Panel after 3 rounds of judgment during which the Jurors found huge images in terms of emotions, sense of place, light, and composition.“

#4

Journeys & Adventures: 3rd Classified, Surprise Visit By Marcus Westberg

Journeys & Adventures: 3rd Classified, Surprise Visit By Marcus Westberg

Marcus Westberg Report

#5

Fascinating Faces & Characters: 3rd Classified, Hug By K. Deniz Kalayci

Fascinating Faces & Characters: 3rd Classified, Hug By K. Deniz Kalayci

K.deniz Kalayci Report

The organizers shared some names that became famous because of the contest. “The competition has changed the life of many photographers who became very famous all over the world after being the winners (Mehmet Aslan, Florian Ledoux, Greg Lecoeur, just to name some) and one of the people like the little Mustafa who, last year, was helped to get a prosthesis treatment thanks to the fundraising launched when the image which showed him and his father became the Overall Winner of SIPA 2021 and celebrated worldwide.”

#6

Underwater Life: 2nd Classified, Hunting California Sea Lion By Nick Polanszky

Underwater Life: 2nd Classified, Hunting California Sea Lion By Nick Polanszky

Nick Polanszky Report

Marika
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's really a breathtaking shot!

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#7

The Beauty Of Nature: 3rd Classified, Lonely Island Sunrise By Aya Okawa

The Beauty Of Nature: 3rd Classified, Lonely Island Sunrise By Aya Okawa

Aya Okawa Report

When asked if there was one single photo throughout the years that could be considered the best, we got a response: “It’s so hard to do it as we have many, many high-level images, and it is impossible to choose one among them.”

And lastly, the advice to all future professional photographers: “follow your heart, think differently, trust in yourself, and do not be afraid when something seems to be wrong.”

#8

Underwater Life: 1st Classified, I Go Flying, I Come Flying By Francisco Javier Murcia Requena

Underwater Life: 1st Classified, I Go Flying, I Come Flying By Francisco Javier Murcia Requena

Francisco Javier Murcia Requena Report

#9

Journeys & Adventures: 1st Classified, Work By Rahat Bin Mustafiz

Journeys & Adventures: 1st Classified, Work By Rahat Bin Mustafiz

Rahat Bin Mustafiz Report

Fluffy mommy panda
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can imagine how this feels. Them women are really strong women. It is not easy to carry something heavy on the shoulder. Have to know your portions and how to carry or you will hurt yourself. Strong ladies right there

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#10

The Beauty Of Nature: 1st Classified, Way To Hell By Nadine Galandi

The Beauty Of Nature: 1st Classified, Way To Hell By Nadine Galandi

Nadine Galandi Report

Fluffy mommy panda
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What beautiful bright fire, cometh alive. A ride of fire and light. What a sight.

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#11

Under 20: 1st Classified, Kiss Me By Raffael Gunawan

Under 20: 1st Classified, Kiss Me By Raffael Gunawan

Raffael Gunawan Report

#12

Animals In The Environment: 1st Classified, Mother, Tender Love By Amos Nachoum

Animals In The Environment: 1st Classified, Mother, Tender Love By Amos Nachoum

Amos Nachoum Report

GoGoPDX
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tgis beautiful photo breaks my heart. It is a highly probable that polar bears will go extinct in the next 40 years, and there nothing we can really do about it.

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#13

Under 20: 3rd Classified, Strength By Vladislav Shapovalov

Under 20: 3rd Classified, Strength By Vladislav Shapovalov

Vladislav Shapovalov Report

#14

Underwater Life: 3rd Classified, Goliath In Lilliput By Tom Shlesinger

Underwater Life: 3rd Classified, Goliath In Lilliput By Tom Shlesinger

Tom Shlesinger Report

Fluffy mommy panda
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And out of the blue. Come a giant. Reliant on the waves of blue. Far and wide, in stride.

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#15

Documentary & Photojournalism: 3rd Classified, Maicao Police Detention Cell By Jan Grarup

Documentary & Photojournalism: 3rd Classified, Maicao Police Detention Cell By Jan Grarup

Jan Grarup Report

#16

Street Photography: 1st Classified, Smokey Coat By Michael Kowalczyk

Street Photography: 1st Classified, Smokey Coat By Michael Kowalczyk

Michael Kowalczyk Report

Hume
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like a time traveller arriving from the past.

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#17

The Beauty Of Nature: 2nd Classified, Savannah Burning By Roberto Marchegiani

The Beauty Of Nature: 2nd Classified, Savannah Burning By Roberto Marchegiani

Roberto Marchegiani Report

#18

Under 20: 2nd Classified, Confine By Qiyuan Zhu

Under 20: 2nd Classified, Confine By Qiyuan Zhu

Qiyuan Zhu Report

#19

Sports In Action: 3rd Classified, Try By Bradley Kanaris

Sports In Action: 3rd Classified, Try By Bradley Kanaris

Bradley Kanaris Report

#20

Architecture & Urban Spaces: 2nd Classified, Elevator By Ibrahim Nabeel Salah

Architecture & Urban Spaces: 2nd Classified, Elevator By Ibrahim Nabeel Salah

Ibrahim Nabeel Salah Report

Owen Jarvis
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's some precision brutalist architecture. I like.

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#21

Sports In Action: 1st Classified, Finding Nemo By Jonne Roriz

Sports In Action: 1st Classified, Finding Nemo By Jonne Roriz

Jonne Roriz Report

#22

Animals In The Environment: 2nd Classified, Puma Hunting Guanaco By Ingo Arndt

Animals In The Environment: 2nd Classified, Puma Hunting Guanaco By Ingo Arndt

Ingo Arndt Report

Sarah SH
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1 month ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it weird I had to look up whether the Guanaco got away before I could decide if I liked this or not? (He did, so I do).

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#23

Documentary & Photojournalism: 1st Classified, High Hopes By Fabrizio Maffei

Documentary & Photojournalism: 1st Classified, High Hopes By Fabrizio Maffei

Fabrizio Maffei Report

#24

Street Photography: 2nd Classified, Jerusalem 2018 By Barry Talis

Street Photography: 2nd Classified, Jerusalem 2018 By Barry Talis

Barry Talis Report

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#25

Architecture & Urban Spaces: 3rd Classified, Detachment By Giulio Casti

Architecture & Urban Spaces: 3rd Classified, Detachment By Giulio Casti

Giulio Casti Report

RMA
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like a rather poorly managed demolition…

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#26

Fascinating Faces & Characters: 1st Classified, Angelina Jolie And Bees Number 1 By Dan Winters

Fascinating Faces & Characters: 1st Classified, Angelina Jolie And Bees Number 1 By Dan Winters

Dan Winters Report

Deborah B
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks really tense. It makes the photo uncomfortable.

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#27

Architecture & Urban Spaces: 1st Classified, Joker Smile By Muhammad Almasri

Architecture & Urban Spaces: 1st Classified, Joker Smile By Muhammad Almasri

Muhammad Almasri Report

#28

Sports In Action: 2nd Classified, Caeleb Dressel By Ian Macnicol

Sports In Action: 2nd Classified, Caeleb Dressel By Ian Macnicol

Ian Macnicol Report

#29

Journeys & Adventures: 2nd Classified, The Couple Is Struggling To Find A Stop By Morten Gåsvand

Journeys & Adventures: 2nd Classified, The Couple Is Struggling To Find A Stop By Morten Gåsvand

Morten Gåsvand Report

#30

Street Photography: 3rd Classified, Back To Birqash By Jonathan Jasberg

Street Photography: 3rd Classified, Back To Birqash By Jonathan Jasberg

Jonathan Jasberg Report

Note: this post originally had 32 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.