The Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) is an international photography contest for professional and amateur photographers from all over the world. They proudly consider themselves to have the “highest international participation,” with nearly 50,000 images from photographers in 130 different countries.
French underwater photographer Greg Lecoeur is the overall winner of the 2016 edition of the contest, with what the jury calls “a highly evocative photograph immortalizing marine predators hunting during the migratory period of sardines along the coast of South Africa.”
Alongside Lecoeur, winners in 11 separate categories were also chosen. One of those categories was travel photography, and Leyla Emektar‘s “Strawberry Greenhouse” took this prize home. The jury praised the Turkish photographer for “immortalizing a Turkish peasant woman during the strawberry harvest, immersed in the bright colors of the greenhouses.”
The jury also handed out a silver and a bronze medal in their travel category. Those respectively went to a picture Slovenian photographer Matjaz Krivic captured in Mali, and a picture of a “floating market” in South Borneo, captured by Indonesian photographer Antonius Andre Tjiu.
And then there were honorable mentions and remarkable awards – and lots of them.
The SIPA-contest award ceremony opened a month of events of the Art Photo Travel Festival in Siena. The Italian city will be hosting seven personal exhibitions and three collective exhibitions until November 30th, but also numerous collateral events, such as workshops, photo tours and other events. “Beyond The Lens,” the collective exhibition displaying the winning photographs of 2016 contest, is being held at the Magazzini del Sale of Palazzo Pubblico di Siena, in Piazza del Campo. Two themed exhibitions will also be held throughout the Festival, the result of a selection of the photographs competing for the Wine and Storyboard categories. The first is being held at Enoteca Italiana, in Fortezza Medicea, while the second is just a short distance away in Piazza del Campo, at the prestigious Accademia dei Rozzi building.