The Best Pictures Of 2018 Siena International Photo Awards Have Been Announced

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The 2018 Siena International Photo Awards has received 48,000 submissions from 156 countries, and the judges have had an incredibly hard time deciding the winners. Nonetheless, the winners have been decided, and just like in 2017 and 2016, their images show just how diverse our beautiful world really is.

Every year, the competition includes a special category. This time, it was entitled Splash of Colors, seeking out exceptional color compositions. In total, the entrants competed in 11 categories, ranging from stunning landscapes to subtle portraits and dramatic sports moments. The grand prize, the Photo of the Year award, went to Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad for his shot Battle Victim. Asad has been documenting the plight of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar for six years now, and this chilling photo of a young Rohingya refugee perfectly portrays the terrible human tragedy unfolding there.

Continue scrolling to check out the rest of the winning images.

#1 El Calbuco, Chile (1st Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

El Calbuco, Chile (1st Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

 This photograph was taken during a violent night eruption of the Calbuco volcano in the Lagos region, Chile. An incredible dirt storm wraps the fumarole of the erupting volcano

#2 Arctic Fox, Usa (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Arctic Fox, Usa (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 I encountered this fox scavenging a Caribou’s carcass on the coastal plains of Alaska’s Arctic. I spent two hours slowly approaching it until I took this picture from six feet away, as she finished her meal. It was a surreal and unforgettable experience and a rare opportunity to be accepted into a wild animal’s existence for a few special hours

#3 Cosmic Wildflowers, Brazil (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

Cosmic Wildflowers, Brazil (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

 The 180º panorama, with the milky way in the background, magnifies a field of Paepalanthus wildflowers in the National Park of Veadeiros Tablelands

#4 Toy Houses, Russia (1st Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

Toy Houses, Russia (1st Place In Architecture & Urban Spaces Category)

 This picture of some Russian dachas near the city of Arkhangelsk is interesting thanks to the intense contrast between the colors of the houses and the white snow covering the Russian town

#5 Rhino Silhouette, Kenya (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Rhino Silhouette, Kenya (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 I was taking an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara National Park, searching for the Great Migration, when I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The backlight from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead

#6 Underwater View Of The Winter Lofoten (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Categoty)

Underwater View Of The Winter Lofoten (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Categoty)

#7 Nemo In The House (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Nemo In The House (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#8 Sharing Emotion (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Sharing Emotion (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#9 Mind The Gap, Antarctica (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Mind The Gap, Antarctica (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 A small group of Emperor Penguins huddles near a crack in an ice floe, in a pristine area of the Southern Ocean adjacent to Antarctica, known as the Ross Sea

#10 Run! (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Run! (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#11 Duel In The Snow (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Duel In The Snow (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#12 Beyond Pink, USA (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

Beyond Pink, USA (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

 Breast cancer goes beyond the month of October and the pink ribbons. This portrait is part of a series showing honest and empowering images of breast cancer

#13 Jump, Canada (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Jump, Canada (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 A snowy owl takes flight alarmed by the call of another female. This species gives particular care to protecting its own hunting territory

#14 The Wave, Antarctica Waters (3rd Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)

The Wave, Antarctica Waters (3rd Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)

 In the Drake Passage, between Cape Horn and Antarctica, a 12-meter wave pounds the boat’s forecastle with its enormous splashes

#15 Kitten (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Kitten (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#16 Share (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Share (Remarkable Award In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

#17 Battle Victim, Bangladesh (Photo Of The Year)

Battle Victim, Bangladesh (Photo Of The Year)

 In Cox’s Bazar, Asmat Ara looks clearly traumatized after the recent violence which took place in Myanmar, on September 6th, 2017. The previous night she had entered Tenkhali Rohingya refugee camp with her family from Kumar Khali, Myanmar Rohingya state. According to the UNHCR, more than 646,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar since August 25th, 2017, most of them trying to cross the border to reach Bangladesh

#18 Unity, Bangladesh (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Unity, Bangladesh (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Unity is the strength, as with teamwork and collaboration with which wonderful things can be achieved. Here this frog wanted to eat the ants, but its own life is at risk in the face of their unity

#19 Break, Indonesia (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

Break, Indonesia (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

 During heavy work at a noodle factory in Indonesia, this man had the chance to rest for a little while. His exhausted expression is a clear sign of the extremely hard working conditions these people face every day

#20 Love On The Rocks (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Love On The Rocks (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#21 Game Of Colors, India (2nd Place In Splash Of Colors Category)

Game Of Colors, India (2nd Place In Splash Of Colors Category)

 The Holi Festival is a yearly Indian celebration announcing the arrival of spring, with a colorful atmosphere that radiates love and happiness

#22 The Beakful Of The Hoopoe, Italy (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

The Beakful Of The Hoopoe, Italy (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 Looking, as usual, for the nests of the most beautiful bird species in Trentino, I unexpectedly saw this hoopoe and I immediately grasped the opportunity to photograph it

#23 Joana, Dancer At The Tropicana, Sat With Her Grandmother, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

Joana, Dancer At The Tropicana, Sat With Her Grandmother, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

 Joana Menendez Gonzalez, a performer at the Tropicana Cabaret in Havana, sat with her maternal grandmother, proudly looking at her

#24 Flying On The Beach, The Netherlands (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

Flying On The Beach, The Netherlands (Honorouble Mention In General Color Category)

 I was lying down in the cold water looking for the right position and took this picture at the exact moment when the dog was jumping high to catch the disc, almost flying in the sky

#25 Vulture And Jackal (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Vulture And Jackal (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#26 The Contact (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

The Contact (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#27 The Road Of Fortune, Vietnam (Honorable Mention in Splash of Colors category)

The Road Of Fortune, Vietnam (Honorable Mention in Splash of Colors category)

 In Vietnam, red is the color of good luck and is traditionally considered the symbolic color of happiness. Joss sticks are offered at altars to obtain good business and good fortune

#28 Drink, China (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

Drink, China (Honorable Mention In Fascinating faces and characters Category)

 In a small hilltop village with water shortage problems, a little boy drinks water from a water pipe

#29 Redyk, Poland (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

Redyk, Poland (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

 In this photo of Mizerna, in southern Poland, the traditional sheep grazing, called “Redyk”, has more than 1,500 animals. From the Low Beskid Mountains, shepherds bring back the animals to the city of Nowy Targ, where the owners will take care of them during the winter. The animals will go back to the mountains in spring

#30 Facing Reality, Pleneau Island, Antarctic Peninsula (1st Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Facing Reality, Pleneau Island, Antarctic Peninsula (1st Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

A leopard seal got into a lagoon just before low tide. The seal was hiding, waiting to ambush young penguins as they got closer. When a penguin got close enough, the seal moved extremely fast and caught the penguin by its feet dragging it to the open water. I was following parallel to the action. The seal released the penguin twice and the terrified penguin succeeded in escaping, but the seal continued chasing after it, and on the third attempt, drowned the penguin and devoured it

#31 Camels In The Desert, Mongolia (2nd Place In General Color Category)

Camels In The Desert, Mongolia (2nd Place In General Color Category)

 On the evening of October 24, 2017, in Inner Mongolia, camels and their loyal dog were creating waves of dust under the sunset’s glow. This spectacular picturesque scene in the Mongolian desert was created thanks to the shadows and magnificent light cast upon the desert

#32 Killer Whale In Polar Night, Norway (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Killer Whale In Polar Night, Norway (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 A killer whale emerges on the surface while hunting in an Arctic Norwegian fjord during the polar night

#33 Cold At Surface, Norway (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

Cold At Surface, Norway (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

 In the waters of Tromsø, during a freezing polar night (-18°C), a killer whale is taking a breath at the cold surface gifting us this amazing photo

#34 Giochi In Verde (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

Giochi In Verde (Remarkable Award In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

#35 Sperm Whale Herd, Sri Lanka (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Sperm Whale Herd, Sri Lanka (3rd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 The sperm whales pictured here had just emerged from milling around in a gigantic cluster, with many of the whales defecating to such an extent that the water was opaque with secretions. This scene was part of a large, multi-day aggregation comprising hundreds, perhaps thousands of whales

#36 Little Nenets Nedko, Russia (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

Little Nenets Nedko, Russia (Honorable Mention In Journeys and Adventures Category)

 The North is a fantastic region populated by extraordinary people with a distinct culture fully adjusted to the environment of the extreme North. Despite being in the 21st century, people of the North still maintain their traditional culture, reflecting the time-honoured, close interaction between people and nature, demonstrating a genuinely caring attitude towards everything that surrounds them

#37 Migration, Saudi Arabia (2nd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

Migration, Saudi Arabia (2nd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

 In the desert of Dahana, in the center of Saudi Arabia, Bedouins migrate with camels from place to place, searching for food and water. I took this picture while a group of nomads was passing us with their camels, creating beautiful shadows in a peaceful atmosphere

#38 Travelers, Antarctica (3rd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

Travelers, Antarctica (3rd Place In The Beauty Of The Nature Category)

 A group of Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis Antarctica) is resting on an iceberg. When sailing Antarctic waters you will often see different types of icebergs. Some of these floating islands are great resting places for hunting penguins who can travel many kilometers, before jumping back into the icy water

#39 Kid With Hand Crafts, Ethiopia (1st Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

Kid With Hand Crafts, Ethiopia (1st Place In Fascinating Faces And Characters Category)

 In Ethiopia, the kids of the Suri tribe are being over-protected by their families. Imagine these metal handcrafts as a jail with a Suri kid locked inside. Young kids are the hope and inheritors of the Suri culture, but the overprotection will marginalize the new generation from the world

#40 Good-Bye, Israel (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

Good-Bye, Israel (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

 A chameleon whipped out its tongue to capture a dragonfly, while I was hiding behind a bush in order not to disturb the scene. Its tongue is longer than its body, and its tip is sticky and thick

#41 Polar Trout, Norway (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

Polar Trout, Norway (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

 A brown trout spawning in a special night atmosphere as the stars and the full moon light the scene

#42 Man Carries Injured Son, Iraq (1st Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)

Man Carries Injured Son, Iraq (1st Place In Journeys And Adventures Category)

 A heartbroken father, carrying his injured son, flees a checkpoint in West Mosul, Iraq

#43 Krishna The God Of Colours (Remarkable Award In Splash Of Colors Category)

Krishna The God Of Colours (Remarkable Award In Splash Of Colors Category)

#44 Exhalation (Remarkable Award In Splash Of Colors Category)

Exhalation (Remarkable Award In Splash Of Colors Category)

#45 The Hunt, India (2nd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

The Hunt, India (2nd Place In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 A young and inexperienced tiger cub attempts to hunt a chital (spotted deer) in Ranthambore National Park, India; but the chital turned out to be too big for this young cub. I captured the moment when the tiger cub was struggling to get the prey down, as his siblings and mother were watching from a distance

#46 Hyaena, Tanzania (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

Hyaena, Tanzania (Honorable Mention In Animals In Their Environment Category)

 A hyaena is roaming in the water looking for food on a misty morning. The black and white image conveys a sense of quiet

#47 School Of Barracuda (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

School Of Barracuda (Remarkable Award In Animals In Their Environment Category)

#48 The Great Eclipse, USA (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

The Great Eclipse, USA (Honorable Mention In The beauty of the nature Category)

 This photo was taken during the total solar eclipse that happened in the USA in August 2017. It is the result of HDR stacking from 14 images

#49 Ouch, It Is Cold (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

Ouch, It Is Cold (Remarkable Award In Journeys And Adventures Category)

#50 A Giant In The Dark, Botswana (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

A Giant In The Dark, Botswana (Honorable Mention In General Monochrome Category)

 A close-up portrait of a bull Elephant (Loxodonta africana) captured in Chobe National Park in Botswana. A Low-Key monochrome conversion, with a blurred background, was used to add mood and achieve a more intimate portrait of this gentle giant

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