Winners of the 6th annual Siena International Photo Awards
French Photographer Greg Lecoeur has been named overall winner, Photographer of the Year 2020, of the 6th annual Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) for his image, Frozen Mobile Home of a giant iceberg surrounded by crabeater seals. The image was selected by the jury from the thousands of entries received by photographers from 156 countries. An award-winning professional ocean and wildlife photographer, Lecouer shot the image in Antarctica where he is often involved in scientific projects that highlight the fragility of our oceans and the importance of preserving our planet.
South African photojournalist Brent Stirton won this year's Best Author Award for his powerful visual storytelling and his commitment to covering issues related to wildlife and conservation, as well as global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability, and the environment.
Mohammad Sazid Hossain of Bangladesh earned the top prize in Documentary and Photojournalism for his photo, Death of a Fire Victim, that captures a tragic moment during a terrible fire in Dhaka.
Iranian Amirmahdi Najafloo Shahpar won Journeys and Adventures with his photo, Benediction, an image of Muslim women at prayer during Eid-al-Frit, celebrating the end of Ramadan.
With Koichi Omae, the portrait of an amputee Japanese dancer, Italian photographer Silvia Alessi won the category Fascinating Faces and Characters.
Sub Zero by German photographer Tobias Friedrich, winner of this year's The Beauty of Nature category, takes viewers into a fantastic night diving experience among icebergs.
Jonas Classon from Sweden won Animals in their Environment with Night Hunter, a fantastic shot of a Grey Great Owl ready to attack its prey under a full moon.
Home Alone by Hungarian photographer Attila Balogh earned the top spot in Architecture and Urban Spaces. Balogh's shot expertly captures the only lit windows of multi-story buildings in Hong Kong right before sunset.
British photographer Jan Macnicol won Sports in Action with Diogo Cancela, a stunning underwater image of the Portuguese athlete at an international Para-Swimming competition.
Londoners, shot in Notting Hill, London during its colorful carnival, won the Street Photography category, shot by photographer Olesia Kim from Russia.
Brent Stirton from South Africa won this year's Storyboard category with his series, Pangolins in Crisis, a great reportage about the world's most illegally trafficked mammals.
Riccardo Marchegiani from Italy won the Under 20 category with Utopia, a shot of a Baboon in the wild taken in Ethiopia, in unspoiled nature.
The winning photographers by categories are:
Documentary & Photojournalism
Winner: Mohammad Sazid Hossain, Bangladesh
2nd - Paula Bronstein, USA
3rd - Francis Perez, Spain / 3rd - Shawn Yuan, China
Journeys & Adventures
Winner: Amirmahdi Najafloo Shahpar, Iran
2nd - Thien Nguyen, Vietnam
3rd - Christian Vizl, Mexico
Winner: Silvia Alessi, Italia
2nd - Fattah Zinouri, Iran
3rd - Alexander Vinogradov, Russia
The Beauty of Nature
Winner: Tobias Friedrich, Germany
2nd - Francisco Negroni, Chile
3rd - Mauro Battistelli, Italy
Animals in their Environment
Winner: Jonas Classon, Sweden
2nd - Thomas Vijayan, India
3rd - William Burrad-Lucas, UK
Architecture & Urban Spaces
Winner: Attila Balogh, Hungary
2nd - Barbara Schmidt, Germany
3rd - Martin Seraphin, Germany
Sports in Action
Winner: Ian Macnicol, UK
2nd - Christian Pondella, USA
3rd - Stefan Wermuth, Switzerland
Winner: Olesia Kim, Russia
2nd - Michael Kowalczyk, Germany
3rd - Giancarlo Staubmann, Italy
Winner: Brent Stirton, South Africa
2nd - Alain Schroeder, Belgium
3rd - Carolina Rapezzi, Italy / 3rd - Kiran Ridley, UK
Winner: Riccardo Marchegiani, Italy
2nd - Shridarshan Shukla, India
3rd - Ankit Kumar, India
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