The Italian Siena Art Photo Travel Festival is a homage to photography, with exhibitions, workshops and conferences on yep, photography. The finale of the festival is the announcement of the winner of the Siena International Photo Awards. Here is the number one.
It is only the second edition, and yet the organizers received 50.000 entries from 130 countries. The overall winner is marine photographer Greg Lecoeur with his photo Sardine Run. The Frenchman photographed the migration of millions of sardines along the South-African coast. According to Lecoeur it was a question of luck. ‘I was at the right place at the right time to photograph their capture by marine predators.’
In the category Travel, it is the Turkish Leyla Emektar who has won. Her colourful image shows orange, fuchsia covers that are actually greenhouses for strawberries in the Turkish region of Nazilli. To take the picture, Emektar climbed on a rock and awaited the moment a peasant woman with a basket of strawberries passed by.
Mike Hollman from New-Zealand is the winner in the category Architecture. The picture was taken in Japan, on the automated transit line Yurikamome while travelling to Tokyo.
The photo contest is open to every photographer provided payment of an entry fee of fifteen euros for three images, or twenty euros for ten. The winning picture is awarded 1.500 euros.