(Voyagez en Europe et au Moyen Orient à travers 33 photos qui ont reçu le prix SIENA.)
In an attempt to cleanse this terrible image of a first-seen so corrupted and disgusting election year in the US, which has now started infecting even the daily morning news in Europe and the Middle East with its corrupted personalities, I present to you a few finalists of the Siena International Photo Awards. Let the colour palettes and composition flow over you and cleanse you of the horror that is USA politics.
Based in Siena, Italy, the Siena International Photo Awards garner submissions from photographers in over 100 countries around the world. The winner receives €1,500 (about $1,666 USD) as well as the coveted Pangea Prize.
Wine/ Du vin
Location: Italy :
EN: An autumnal glimpse of Cuneo's Langhe taken at La Morra, portrays a wine producing area near Alba in a moment in which the light increases the beauty of the vineyards' colors.
Location: Spanish Islands, Canaria.
EN:This project carried out by locals is for aging wine directly in the ground which is rich in minerals, and makes the already awesome landscape of Lanzarote even more interesting.
EN:This image is about the traditional grape harvest in Sicily. The title in dialect refers to the must, picked and pressed in a cylindric shape. In this picture, you can see all the wine flowing from the pressed must.
Location: Norway/ Norvège
EN:"A friend skiing at night, descends a 10 meter high clifftop in Tromso, Norway. The challenge was quite demanding because the night was much darker than it appears in the photo. So much so, that it was impossible to see where one might land. The image is the result of a long exposure and the use of a specific flash pointed to capture the subject during action."
Location: Cosmopolitan Belgium/ Belgique La cosmopolite.
EN:" This was the moment when the former world champion was defeated by the new world champion in his weight category. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right moment. This is called "photographer's luck"."
Location: Germany/ Allemagne
"Runners wave and dance before they start the "GutsMuths Rennsteiglauf" cross country run, Europe's most popular cross-country race, in Neuhaus am Rennweg, Germany on May 9, 2015. The GutsMuths run gathered more than 15,000 runners from 24 countries."
"EN: Two athletes belonging to the centenary of the Gymnastics Club Sport Clube of Porto are training in the gym of the University of Oporto. This picture grabs the exact moment when one of the gymnasts is flying in air while performing an exercise at the bar."
Location: UAE/ Emirats Arabes Unis:
EN: "Two women walking reflect their images on the water and give birth to the exaltation of the geometry and architecture of Sheikh Zayed's Grand Mosque."
EN:"We are in the parking lot of Célestin in Lyon, France. This big column forms the central axis of the lot. There is a mirror in the background of the column that moves constantly and gives different and special perspectives."
Location: UAE/Emirats Arabes Unis
EN:"During winter in northern Norway, large biomasses of herring have overwintered in fjords during 3-4 dark winter months in recent years. This has attracted hundreds of whales and fishing vessels. The killer whales have learned the sound of the boats when they haul their herring bag nets and get attracted to the boats in hopes of an easy meal of leftover herring. A single exposure where Audun has used a self-made underwater housing."
Location: Svalbard, North Pole/ Pôle Nord, Svalbard
EN:"The Polar Bear waited for hours and days near the seal's breathing hole, and I waited with her. In the exact moment the seal came out for air she caught it by the neck and pulled it up. She looks as if she is hugging the seal and the little cub is looking on from behind, but this bear hug is "unusual"."
Location: Tenerife, Canaria, Spain/ ïles canaries, Ténérife, Espagne
EN: “During a scuba dive in Tenerife, I crossed the path of these 2 green turtles. It was early morning and sunbeams pierced the surface. I adjusted the setting of my camera and waited for the turtles to come close enough to take their photo.”
Location: Italy/ Italie
EN: "This image shows the magnificence of erupting magma, ash and gas, during the first days of December 2015, which rose to a height of several kilometers above the summit of Mount Etna."
Location: Russia/ Russie
"The bear fishes in the river, he sits down, puts his head under the water and pauses looking for fish. Once the fish begin to ignore him and come closer, he makes a crucial lunge and catches them with his paws or teeth."
Location: Tromso, Norway/ Tromso, Norvège:
EN: "Starfish feeding at night, under the sea, illuminated by the celestial stars and the dancing northern lights. This picture was taken as a double-exposure made in the camera."
People and Portrait/ Personnes et portraits
Location: Netherlands/ Pays Bas
EN: "New generations will see boundaries fade and determine for themselves what is normal. There is beauty in the unusual. Celebrate difference!"
Location, Venice, Italy/ Italie, Venice:
EN: "Venetian-born mask creator, Marilisa Dal Cason, is a woman with great passion who creates each of her masks' identity from her own soul. According to Marilisa, every mask has its own personality."
Location: Saudi Arabia/ Arabie Saoudite
Travel/ En voyage
Location: Turkey/ Turquie
EN:"To take this shot, I had to climb a relief which allowed me to include interesting, colored greenhouses located near Nazilli. To make the picture more interesting, I waited for the moment when a Turkish peasant who was working with the strawberries entered the frame."
EN: "A Bedouin boy with his family and their camel. The adults are wearing the traditional Omani Khanjar, a dagger still used in official ceremonies, as well as a symbol of the country."
Open Monochrome/ Monochrome Ouvert
Location: Poland/ Pologne
EN: "This photograph was taken in Krakow, from the Grunwald bridge. The nature-created contrast of white snow and dark water, separated by the straight line of the waterfront, serves as a reflection of the Yin-Yang symbol which represents opposing yet complementary forces."
Location: Cyprus (north)/Chypre (nord)
Open Color/ Couleur Ouverte
Location: Bahrain/ Bahreïn
En:" A Bahraini Muslim woman carrying her son while taking part in the funeral of Isa Radhi, the Bahraini protester who was allegedly killed during Martial Law in Sitra Village, South Manama on March 22, 2011."
Location: Turkey/ Turquie
EN:" While going to the beach to take photos, the shadow of some people in a cafe in Basiskele, Kocaeli, caught my attention. As a result, I decided to wait for the sunset in order to emphasize the shadow effect. After a few shots, someone suddenly looked out a window providing another interesting frame."
Location: Iceland/ Islande
EN: " One of the most dramatic sights in Iceland is the incredible Jökulsárlón beach, where icebergs routinely wash ashore. This particular piece of ice was the most interesting one that I saw. Although it melted into the sea soon after I took this photograph, its incredible beauty is unforgettable."
Location: Finland/ Finlande
EN: The cubs were very playful and every now and then showed attraction for each other just by lying next to each other or even hugging. The smaller cub was a male and the bigger was a female.
StoryBoard/ Du scénarimage
Location: Greece/ Grèce
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than one million refugees and migrants headed to Europe in 2015. The vast majority paid human traffickers to take them across the sea from Turkey or Northern Africa to Europe. Many of the refugees fled Syria and Afghanistan, because they had lost faith in the possibility of peace in their country within a foreseeable future