Opening: October 27, 2019
Early Bird deadline: December 1, 2019
Deadline: January 16, 2020
Entry fee: 1 image: free, from €20 to €35, under 20 y.o.: 3 images — free
Prizes: €500, €1,500 worth of photography equipment
Siena International Photo Award is one of the photo contests with the highest international participation ever. 2019 edition has received nearly 48.000 images from amateur and professional photographers from 156 countries worldwide.
The photo contest Siena International Photography Awards is open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world.
Themes and categories
Photojournalism & Documentary
Photojournalism is our window to the world around us.
Regardless of whether an image is considered spectacular or not, a photograph is a representation of all the words that we choose to say… or not say. Photography is a medium, unique to perhaps all other mediums, that has the potential to convey thoughts and feelings without saying a word.
Journeys & Adventures
Capture the extraordinary experiences that are an essential part of traveling – the discoveries, and adventures that inspire us and make travel thrilling and astonishing – the differences in the ways other cultures live. Capture an image that captures everyday life in a public space.
Fascinating Faces and Characters
We ask you to introduce us to the people you encounter, showing us their lives and expressions from daily life: portraits or people in the context of their culture. We want you to show us your skill at capturing people. Share images of individuals, groups, communities, people at work, leisure, and festivals, for example.
The Beauty of Nature
Capture those vibrant moments and express what nature means to you! Captivating images of wild places with a unique perspective, from expansive landscape vistas of forests, deserts, and mountains to the microhabitats of plants and other flora are a way to share one’s appreciation for our amazing planet.
Animals in Their Environment
Wildlife is a way to evoke the atmosphere and the sense of place and to convey how an animal is an integral part of its environment. Celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery.
Architecture & Urban Spaces
Old buildings define the past while new buildings shape the future, and the spaces around them create the interaction between architecture, inhabitants, and environment. Capture the architecture of buildings, urban spaces or both in a single, strong image where architecture is a key element of the image.
Sports in Action
From sporting events to personal fitness, we want to highlight the emotions of physical exercise and competitiveness. We want to showcase the most creative and captivating sports photography as an art form. We’re looking for defining action shots, decisive moments, and displays of true camaraderie to help bring people closer to the exciting world of action sports.
Street Life (Special theme of the year 2020)
If you are creatively capturing the weird and wonderful moments of life as they unfold around you, we want to see your work!
From the pulsing arteries of a bustling metropolis to the quiet solitude of its empty backstreets. Glistening glass and steel, against crumbling brickwork and eroded stone. Chance encounters and random moments.
We want you to show us your skills with visual storytelling by photographing people, nature, wildlife, music, sport, etc… and to tell a story in a portfolio that includes five to nine images.
Short Documentary Film
The 5th Siena International Photo Awards contest hosted by Art Photo Travel challenges filmmakers at any stage in their career to create a short documentary film (four minutes or less) featuring PhotoJournalism, Sport, City, Travel, People, Wildlife, and Nature.
- 1 image – free
- 3 images (including the free one) – €20, Fee under 20 y.o.: free
- Each additional image – €8 (€6 if registered by December 1, 2019)
- Storyboard – €35
- Short Documentary Film – €35
Siena International Photography Awards 2019 Winners
SIPAContest Photo of the Year
© Jonathan Banks (GB)
Life Force: What Love Can Save
© Constanza Portnoy
Many people can look at little Ángeles’ life with prejudice because she was born in a family with seriously disabled parents and every day she must live in a difficult environment. However, entering the world of this little girl implies discovering that the strength and the bonds of love of this family have made Ángeles a very special little girl, full of light and deep wisdom about respect for differences.
Gallery: Journeys & Adventures
© Susana Giron (ES)
Gallery: Fascinating Faces and Characters
© Matt McClain (US)
Gallery: The Beauty of the Nature
© Ignacio Medem (ES)
Gallery: Animals in Their Environment
© William Burrard-Lucas (GB)
Gallery: Architecture & Urban Spaces
© Elizabeth Jenny Taner (ID)
Gallery: Sports in Action
© Maxim Korotchenko (RU)
Gallery: Creative & Still Life
© Hardijanto Budiman (ID)
Gallery: Documentary & Photojournalism
© Alessio Paduano (IT)
Gallery: Jump for Joy
© Bram Paulussen (BE)
Gallery: Under 20
© Mohit Khetrapal (IN)