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.