Whittled down from 48,000 entries from 156 countries, judges had a difficult time deciding the winners of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards.
Every year, the competition includes a special category. This year, it was entitled Splash of Colours, seeking out exceptional colour compositions. In total, the entrants competed in 11 categories, ranging from stunning landscapes to subtle portraits and dramatic sports moments.
Photos that wowed the jury this year include a leopard seal on the brink of eating a penguin, lightning ripping through a huge volcanic eruption, and a car lost in a sea of sheep among others.
Siena International Photo Awards winners
This year’s grand prize went to K M Asad for a striking portrait called Battle Victim. In it, the documentary photographer captured the tears of a young Rohingya girl after she and her family entered the Tenkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Asad has been documenting the plight of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar for six years now, and this chilling photo perfectly portrays the terrible human tragedy unfolding there.
Check out more winners below:
Animals in their environment, 1st place
Student, 1st place
Sports in action, 1st place
The beauty of nature, 1st place
The beauty of nature, 2nd place
General Monochrome, 1st place
Journeys & Adventures, 2nd place
General colour, 1st place
Fragile Ice, 1st place
Fragile Ice, 2nd place
Architecture and Urban Spaces, 1st place
To view all of the winners from this year’s contest, click here.