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See The Winning Shots From The Siena International Photo Awards

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1 of 17|The power of nature by Giuseppe Mario Famiani|Magma, ash and gas erupt from Mount Etna in December 2015, rising to a height of several kilometres. | Winner: Nature
2 of 17|Strawberry greenhouses by Leyla Emektar|A strawberry-picker walks between colourful greenhouses near Nazilli, in the Aydın province of Turkey. | Winner: Travel
3 of 17|Urban skiing in the Arctic by Audun Rikardsen|The photographer’s friend descends a 10-metre high clifftop in Tromsø, Norway. It was challenging because the night was much darker than it appears in the photo and it was impossible to see where one might land. The image is the result of a long exposure and using a flash to capture the subject during action. | Winner: Sport
4 of 17|Chilli harvest, China, by Hanbin Wang|Aerial perspective of the red chilli harvest season in Bayingolin Mongol prefecture, Xinjiang, China, when farmers pick and leave them to dry in the sun. | Honourable Mention: Open Colour
5 of 17|Jodhpur family, Rajasthan by Isa Ebrahim|A studied composition of the Bhenwa family in the city of Jodhpur. | Honourable Mention: Travel
6 of 17|The storyteller by Aimin Wang|In Sichuan province, China, the tea house still plays a vital role in the daily life: here people relax during a storytelling session. | Honourable Mention: Travel
7 of 17|Making fishing nets, Vietnam, by Danny Yen Sin Wong|In the fishing village of Phan Rang in southern Vietnam, a woman creates a handmade fishing net. | Winner: Open Colour
8 of 17|Splitting the catch by Audun Rikardsen|A killer whale is drawn to a fishing boat by the promise of some lingering herring in Tromso, Norway. | First Place: Wildlife
9 of 17|The mask lady, Venice, by Dean Saffron|According to Venetian-born mask maker Marilisa Dal Cason, each of her creations has its own personality, which can help the user enter another world. | Honourable Mention: People and Portraits
10 of 17|Walking high in the Dolomites by James Rushforth|The international high line festival at Monte Piana (2,324m) in the Italian Dolomites, above the small town of Misurina. The mountain is popular with slackliners who take advantage of its numerous buttresses, suspending thin lines between the spectacular cliffs and then walking over the gaps. | Honourable Mention: Travel
11 of 17|Light and shadows, Abu Dhabi, by Ali Al Jajri|The reflections augment the geometry and architecture of Sheikh Zayed’s Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. | Second Place: Architecture
12 of 17|Red mist in Alba by Valentina Galvagno|An autumnal glimpse of vineyards near Alba in the Langhe hills of Piedmont. | Second Place: Wine
13 of 17|Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, China, by Qingjun Rong|Red houses of the lamas and nuns at this Buddhist academy in Sichuan province, China, after heavy snowfall. | Honourable Mention: Architecture
14 of 17|Prayers on the road by Muhammad Mostafigur Rahman|Devotees praying on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, Bangladesh, on first day of Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Islamic congregation after theHajj, organised on the banks of the Turag river. | Honourable Mention: Travel
15 of 17|Floating market, Malaysia by Antonius Andre Tjiu|Water transportation plays an important role in everyday life in South Borneo. | Third Place: Travel
16 of 17|Ripples in tea, China, by Hong Ding|Harvest time ay a high-quality, ecological tea plantation in Jinlu village in China’s Zhejiang province. | Honourable Mention: Travel
17 of 17|Sipa Photographer of the Year, Greg Lecoeur, France|"During the sardines’ migration along the coast of South Africa, all marine predators go fishing! I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time to photograph their capture." - Lecoeur | Overall Winner

Though only in its second year, the Siena Art Photo Travel Festival has already established itself as a prestigious event. The month-long photography festival brings exhibitions, workshops, photo tours, seminars, conferences, and guided tours to Tuscany, Italy, for the full month of November, culminating in the presentation of the Siena International Photo Awards.

The winners of this year’s contest were announced on 29 October to kick-off the 2016 Siena Art Photo Travel Festival. The competition received more than 45,000 images taken by photographers from 127 countries. Those selected for awards are currently showcased in an exhibition called ‘Beyond The Lens’ at the city’s Magazzini del Sale inside the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena.

Top honours in the Nature category went to Italian photographer Giuseppe Mario Famiani’s imposing capture of the billowing eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily. In the Wildlife and Sport categories, Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen won two first places: the former for his portrait of an orca looking for scraps beneath a fishing boat, the latter for his shot of a daredevil skier in Norway‘s Tromso.

Turkish photographer Leyla Emektar secured first place in Travel with a vibrant image of a strawberry harvester weaving her way between brightly coloured greenhouses. An equally vivid snap won first prize in the Open Colour category for Malaysian photographer Danny Yen Sin Wong, who showed off the traditional craftsmanship of Vietnam with an image of a woman making a fishing net.

French photographer Greg Lecoeur was named the overall winner of the 2016 Siena International Photo Awards for an evocative underwater photograph of marine predators on the hunt for sardines along the coast of South Africa. Take a look at some of the highlights from the competition above.

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