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2020 Siena International Photo Award winners

The winners of the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards have been announced, with French photographer, Greg Lecour, taking home the top prize for his image Frozen Mobile Home.

The Siena International Photo Awards winning image. Photo: Greg Lecour.

‘Massive and mysterious habitats Iceberg are dynamic kingdoms that support marine life,’ Lacour’s image description says. ‘As they swing and rotate slowly through polar currents, icebergs fertilize the oceans. Carrying nutrients from the earth, they are responsible for life blooms by developing phytoplankton and influence the carbon cycle by sequestering carbon dioxide from the air. They also thus shelter big animal such as Crabeater seals that spend the entire year on the pack ice.’

Frozen Mobile Home, the Siena Awards Photo of the Year, was picked from 10 award categories, which cover a spectrum of photography disciplines, from wildlife and nature through to street photography, architecture and photojournalism. This year there were tens of thousands of entries from photographers in 156 countries.

Here are the category winning photos.

Documentary & Photojournalism winning photo, Death of a Fire Victim, by Mohammad Sazid Hossain. ‘A man desperately tries to save himself during a fire that destroyed a 22-storey building in Dhaka. The blaze resulted in 25 deaths and 70 injuries. The man was lowering himself by holding onto a cable, but the heat forced him to suddenly let go and he crashed to the ground.’
Sports in Action winning photo, Diogo Cancela, by Ian Macnicol.’Diogo Cancela of Portugal is seen during practice prior to day three of the British Para-Swimming International meeting at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.’
Architecture & Urban Spaces winning photo, Home Alone, by Attila Balogh. ‘Only a single apartment’s windows are lit in Tsing Yi district, a densely populated area of Hong Kong, right before sunset.’
Animals in their environments winning photo, Night Hunter, by Jonas Classon. ‘The Great Grey Owl is well known for its extreme hunting skills. After working on a story about this owl for many weeks in a row, I finally got the shot conveying all I wanted to show in one single frame. I captured the owl seconds before it attacked a vole under a full moon night.’
The Beauty of Nature winning photo, Sub Zero, by Tobias Friedrich. ‘Night diving at a temperature of minus two degrees Celsius in Eastern Greenland, swimming among icebergs under the ice of a fjord.’
Fascinating Faces and Characters winning photo, Koichi Omae, by Silvia Alessi. ‘I met the amputated dancer Koichi Omae, originally from Osaka, on my way. At 23, when he was entering his career, a car accident took away all his dreams. He had his left leg amputated below the knee. With great willpower he decided to continue his career as a dancer, aware that without the limb, he would have to spend much more energy not only in performing the artistic gesture, but also just walking normally.’
Journeys and Adventures winning photo, Benediction, by Amirmahdi Najafloo Shahpar. Muslim women praying in Hamedan, Iran for Eid al-Fitr. The last day of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all over the word with special prayers and gatherings.’
Street Photography winning photo, Londoners, by Olesia Kim. ‘This image was taken on the steps of a Notting Hill house in London. The neighborhood comes alive every year for a colorful and joyful carnival.’
Under 20 winning image, Utopia, by Riccardo Marchegiani. ‘Nowadays, in our anthropomorphized world, it’s almost impossible to see a scenario like this, an unspoiled nature in a perfect wilderness state, like it has been frozen forever in time.’
An image from the series, Pangolins in Crisis, by Brent Stirton, winner of the Storyboard category. ‘Pangolins are the world’s most illegally trafficked mammals, with an estimated one million being trafficked to Asia in the last ten years. Their scales are used in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicine and their meat is sold as a high-priced delicacy.’

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