The contest

Siena International Photo Award is one of the photo contests with the highest international participation ever. 2016 edition has received nearly 50.000 images from amateur and professional photographers from 130 countries worldwide.

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2017 Contest rules

The photo contest Siena International Photography Awards is open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world. A participant may be excluded where the organizers, at their discretion, may consider the same does not conform to the rules and conditions of the competition [...]


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The Pangea Prize

The Pangea Prize represents a light drop which becomes, as if by magic, the symbol par excellence as the light nourishes photography. A metaphor of perfection, reflection, refraction, for optical lenses and imagination, the future and the world. It also takes on the embrace that the "Siena International Photo Awards" organisers wish to create with the world gathered in Siena during the days of the Festival with photographers from all continents: all together to support the love for images, for the transparency of man acts, for the harmony of light, for the sweetness of colours, for the good and beautiful.



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General Color

This category remains as attractive as ever for photographers who have an outstanding eye for photography that doesn't necessarily fall into any of the other categories.

All kind of editing, digital blending, layering are allowed in this category. Raw File is not requested.

General Monochrome

This category remains as attractive as ever for photographers who have an outstanding eye for photography that doesn't necessarily fall into any of the other categories.

All kind of editing, digital blending, layering are allowed in this category. Raw File is not requested.

Journeys & Adventures

Capture the extraordinary experiences which are an essential part of travelling, the discoveries, the adventures which inspire us and makes travel thrilling and astonishing, the differences in the way other cultures live.

Fascinating faces and characters

We ask you to introduce us to the people you encountered, showing us their lives and expression from daily life: portraits or people in the context of their culture. Photographing people often requires interaction and communication with the subject and can, by its very nature, be intrusive. We want you to show us your skill to capture people, individuals, groups, community, at work, at leisure and at festivals.

The beauty of the nature

Capture those vibrant moments and express what nature means to you! Captivating images of wild places with a unique perspective, from expansive landscape vistas of forests, deserts and mountains to the micro habitats of plants and other flora. Images may include water environments of oceans, lakes and rivers with images taken above or under water including waves, tide pools and other water scenes.

Animals in their Environment

Wildlife as a way to evoke the atmosphere and the sense of place and to convey how an animal is an integral part of its environment. Celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery.

Architecture & Urban Spaces

Old buildings define a past while new buildings shape a future, and the spaces around them create the interaction between architecture, inhabitants and environment. Capture the architecture of buildings, urban spaces or both in a single, strong image where they are a key element of the image.

Sports in action

From sporting events to personal fitness, we want to highlight the emotions of physical exercise and competitiveness. We want to showcase the most creative and captivating sports photography as an art form. We’re looking for defining action shots, decisive moments and displays of true comradery to help bring people closer the exciting world of action sports.

Story-telling

We want you to show us your skills with visual story-telling by photographing people, nature, wildlife, music, sport, etc… and to tell a story in a portfolio from five to nine images. Think of this as a story in pictures and a way to convey something of the character of your subjects and create an article, illustrated without words.


Fragile Ice: Glaciers and polar regions on a changing planet

Although ice has the power to carve through mountains creating prairies and lakes, its strength now diminishes each day as the ice drips away, unreplenished. We find images [...]


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Entry fee

The payment of your Fee to allow you to participate to the photo contest can be made following the instructions given on your personal registration account page. The payment will vary accordingly to the registration options as from this price chart.
Total of entries is intended to be distributed freely across the different categories.

Early Bird: all entries registered by 8th January 2017 will favour of the possibility to enter one more photo in each category (total 4 entries instead of 3, 12 entries instead of 10, 25 entries instead of 20). Additional photos can also be uploaded after 8th January 2017, provided that the payment of the registration fee had been processed before that date.

Fee Fee under 20 y.o.
3 images (4 if registered by January 8th 2017) 15 € 10 €
10 images (12 if registered by January 8th 2017) 20 € 15 €
20 images (25 if registered by January 8th 2017) 30 € 15 €
Storyboard 30 € 30 €

Prizes

SIPAContest Photo of the Year - € 1.500,00 worth of photography equipment + SIPAContest Photographer of the Year Pangea Prize
- 2 overnight stays in Siena during the weekend of the Award Ceremony and Special Guest at the Gala Dinner
- Advertising on international press and on main online media
- Publication in our online gallery
SIPAContest Storyboard Winner - € 500,00 worth of photography equipment + Storybord Winner Pangea Prize
- 2 overnight stays in Siena during the weekend of the Award Ceremony and Special at the Guest Gala Dinner
- Advertising on international press and on main online media
- Publication in our online gallery
SIPAContest Category Winner
SIPAContest Student Category Winner
- Category Winner Pangea Prize
- 1 overnight stay in Siena during the weekend of the Award Ceremony and Special Guest at the Gala Dinner
- Advertising on international press and on main online media
- Publication in our online gallery
2° e 3° place for each category - 2nd and 3rd Classified Pangea Prize
- 1 overnight stay in Siena during the weekend of the Award Ceremony and Special Guest at the Gala Dinner
- Advertising on international press and on main online media
- Publication in our online gallery
SIPAContest Honorable Mention Winner - Parchment
- Award Ceremony and Special Guest at the Gala Dinner
- Advertising on international press and on main online media
- Publication in our online gallery
SIPAContest Remarkable Artwork Winner - Parchment
- Award Ceremony and Special Guest at the Gala Dinner
- Advertising on international press and on main online media
- Publication in our online gallery
Best Author - € 500,00 worth of photography equipment + Best Author Pangea Prize
- 2 overnight stays in Siena during the weekend of the Award Ceremony and Special Guest at the Gala Dinner
- Advertising on international press and on main online media
- Publication in our online gallery

Calendar

Starting date 2016, December 15th
Early Bird deadline 2017 January 8th
Contest deadline 2017, February 25th (Extended deadline)
Jurors start voting sessions 2017, March 15th
Finalists call 2017, April 20th
Call for HD files upload 2017, April 20th
Deadline for HD files upload 2017, May 5th
Communication release to all Nominees 2017, May 15th
Contest results release to all Finalists 2017, June 10th
Awards Ceremony and Expo opening 2017, October 28th