Hot air balloons at dawn and mist over the Great Wall of China are among the spectacular winning images at the first ever Siena International Photography Awards
These are the stunning images that have taken the top accolades in the first ever Siena International Photography Awards.
Chinese fishermen basking in the glow sunset and reindeer nomads surging across the snow in Russia have scored highly in the competition, which announced its winners on October 31.
Over 15,000 images were submitted by entrants from over 100 countries around the world and judges included professional photographers Melissa Farlow, Beth Wald and Gmb Akash.
The inaugural event was supported and promoted by many Italian and international photography magazines, and it is hoped to become a springboard for new talents.
From October 31 until November 30, an exhibition will showcase the prize-winning photographs and the best captures of competition in different venues across Siena, Italy. Impressed by the calibre of entrants, a new 2016 edition of the competition is to open on December 15, inviting new applicants until May 2016.
Overall winner: On the River by Vladimir Proshin. Chinese fishermen on a river close to the city of Lishui. The image was taken in 2013 during a photo tour when the author was invited by the ’15th China International Photographic Art Exhibition’ under the patronage of FIAP and the Chinese Photographic Organisation and where he was also awarded with the gold medal
Open colour winner: Cappadocia balloon, by Giulio Montini. ‘Just before dawn on almost every day in this part of Turkey, about 100 hot-air balloons rise into the air simultaneously. The breathtaking spectacle is made even more magical by the rising sun illuminating the peaks of the rocks and the balloons. I was lucky enough to be higher than the other balloons, and was able to isolate one, perfectly illuminated.’
Travel – Honourable mention: Sunrise at the Great Wall of China, by Joseph Tam. ‘Where I was standing is the hardest part of the Great Wall to reach without special climbing gear. This image captures the wall’s timeless magnificence as a true celebration of mankind and a reflection of the rising dragon that is China and its place in the world order.’
Open colour – Honourable mention: Li River Fisherman, China by The Eng Loe Djatinegoro. Fishermen while catching fish from Li River in the northeast of Guangxi Province, using trained Cormorants birds to dive and catch the fish. Cormorant fishing is a traditional method practiced in China since more than a thousand years
Travel – Third Classified: Coming to get salt, by Jørgen Johanson. ‘The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is among the hottest and most inhospitable places on earth. It is also one of the lowest, and Asale lake is 116 metres below sea level. The Afar people are extracting salt here, using camels for transport’
Open colour – Honourable mention: The morning run by Lal Nallath. Lal often goes at dawn shooting in this particular area of Dubai on the way to Al Ain. Every morning there are horses running, camels walking, cyclist riding and many birds flying. One day the horses had taken a new route and lots of dust was flying up. Lal rushed closer and took a silhouette with the lights spilling throughout the horses
Open colour – Honourable mention: Braving the storm, by Joseph Tam. ‘This shot was taken from a fishing village in Dianbai, in China’s Guangdong province. The fisherman in the timber boat is a courier who brings the catches from fishing boats to shore regularly. The swirling threat of the storm clouds and thunderous clamour of the angry waves sends a foreboding message to most’
Travel – Second Classified: In the Gydansky Tundra by Sergey Anisimov. Yamal in Nenets language means ‘land’s end’ and it is the Northern Pearl of Russia: amazing blend of natural beauty and the ancient hospitality tradition. Breeding Reindeer probably is one of the rarest professions; there are about 14,000 nomads living together with the herds of deer
Open colour – Honourable mention: Sweihan Camels by Mario Bejagan Cardenas. Camel racing is closely associated with the unique heritage of the UAE and Bedouins traditional lifestyle. This extraordinary shot shows the parallel reflection of a camel herd with riders taken at Sweihan Camel Race Track in Abu Dhabi
Open colour – Honourable mention: Shwamibagh temple, Bangladesh, by Noor Ahmed Gelal. ‘The Hindu community celebrating the three-day Rakher Upabas festival at Loknath Temple in Barodi, near Dhaka. Devotees offer prayers after lighting earthen lamps and fast until the lamps have burned out’
Travel – Honourable mention: Mini Citybus by Stefano Mirabella. The rear of a minibus with a curious little girl looking out of the window pane, the silkscreened model and the waiting for to complete the scene. Stefano took several shots before this one, wishing the child wouldn’t look into the camera and that an interesting subject passed by on the other side of the street
Travel – Honourable mention: Summer day on the French Riviera, by Sebastien Nogier. ‘Young men diving into the Mediterranean on a hot summer’s day in Nice, southern France. I took this picture in July 2014, in temperatures of about 28C’
Travel – Honourable mention: The Yamuna River by Bruno Tamiozzo. The ‘Yamuna’ River is the largest tributary of the Sacred river Ganges and is venerated by the Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, in fact, Yamuna is Surya’s daughter and sister of Yama, the god of death. Very close to the ‘Taj Mahal’, in the city of Agra, the only way to reach the ‘prohibited’ shore of the river, is a very old wooden boat. The sunrise is one of the quieter moments to navigate on the river, and the climatic conditions create mysterious and extremely fascinating atmospheres
Travel – Honourable mention: Beehive, Sellin, Rügen Island, Germany, by Massimo della Latta. ‘These beach cabins are used all over Germany’s north sea coast. Their position on the white sand, their unique orientation, and the people coming in and out of the ‘cells’ recalled, for me, bees in a hive’
Travel winner: Jumping over the train, Gazipur, Bangladesh, by Noor Ahmed Gelal. ‘At the end of the annual Biswa Iztema, the second-largest Muslim gathering in Bangladesh, a lot of people are rushing to try to grab in any possible way a seat or a space on a train at Tongi railway station’
Travel – Honourable mention: Make-up in a dancer club by Javier Arcenillas. Several dancers from a dance group of different ages are putting make-up on and preparing to work on stage in a dance show in the city of Santiago de Cuba
Travel – Honourable mention: At prayer in Bagan, Myanmar, by Lim Chee Keong. ‘You find a lot of monks and young novices in Myanmar, where Buddhism is very influential. I couldn’t help but fall in love with this country, whose people are very honest, full of enthusiasm and very polite’
Open Colour – Second Classified: Kiev Uprising by Giorgio Bianchi. Riot police deploys in a park next to the old stadium of Dynamo Kiev, preparing to storm the anti-government protesters behind barricades erected in Hrushveskoho Street
Travel – Honourable mention: Omo River, Ethiopia by Fausto Podavini. A child from the Dassanech tribe in South Ethiopia. Despite his young age, his body is already signed by several wounds, symbol of the physical strength of the person
Open colour – Honourable mention: Way by Vladimir Proshin. This is the author’s most beloved photograph taken in the village of Kantaurovo in the central area of Russia. It represents a person who does not work and lives only by donations. The picture is the reflection of man’s destiny, his choice of spiritual life and what a man can reach despite a total lack of money
Open colour – Honourable mention: The Coming Storm by Antonio Grambone. When he has the chance, after it stops raining, Antonio goes with his camera to the little square in Vallo Scalo, a small town near Salerno, looking for interesting reflections that usually get formed on puddles. He took the picture pointing the camera straight at the reflection and then he turned it upside down
Travel – Honourable mention: Runway Cricket by Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon. Local boys near runway playing cricket under the flying path of an aircraft of the airport
Open colour – Honourable mention: David by Edmondo Senatore. This is one of the many homeless portraits photographed in different Italian cities, interesting experience where Edmondo made about 500 pictures, and that led him to know how these less fortunate people live
Open colour – Third Classified: Celebrating Victory by Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon. Children inside and on top of a building under construction near the Dhaka International Airport runway watching the air craft landing while, at the same time, one of them is waving the national flag as to celebrate the Bangladesh’s Victory Day on December 16