The Best Travel Photos Of 2016

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The Siena International Photo Awards is a prestigious photography contest that receives entries from over 100 countries around the world. Results for the 2016 competition have just been announced and below you can find a collection of our favorite award winners and honorary mentions.

The pictures span countless countries including India, China, Bangladesh, Turkey, Cuba, Myanmar and Bahrain. Leyla Emektar won first place for the travel category for her beautiful image of a strawberry-picker walking between colorful greenhouses in Turkey, while first place for the Open Color category went to Danny Yen Sin Wong for his shot of a Vietnamese woman making a traditional fishing net. The winning photographs are currently on display at the Siena Art Photo Travel Festival, a month-long exhibition called “Beyond the Lens” held in the city of Siena, Italy. The exhibition runs from October 29 to November 30.

 

#1 Phan Rang Fishing Net Making, Vietnam (1st Place In Open Color Category)

In a small village in southern Vietnam near Phan Rang, a woman wearing a typical cone hat is creating a fishing net in their traditional manner. The manufacturing of handmade nets is still a typical Vietnamese activity for women which they carry on while their husbands are out fishing.

Phan Rang Fishing Net Making, Vietnam (1st Place In Open Color Category)

#2 Smile (Honorable Mention In People And Portrait Category)

During a Dharma assembly in the monastery of Labrang Lamasery, due to the heavy snow, all the monks’ robes were covered with a thick layer of snow. When a young Lama was looking back with a smile, the photographer captured his smiling face.

Smile (Honorable Mention In People And Portrait Category)

#3 Strawberry Greenhouses, Turkey (1st Place In Travel Category)

A strawberry-picker walks between colourful greenhouses near Nazilli, in the Aydın province of Turkey.

Strawberry Greenhouses, Turkey (1st Place In Travel Category)

#4 Sprinkle Net (Remarkable Award In Open Color Category)

Sprinkle Net (Remarkable Award In Open Color Category)

#5 The Power Of Nature, Sicily (1st Place In Nature Category)

Magma, ash and gas erupt from Mount Etna in December 2015, rising to a height of several kilometres.

The Power Of Nature, Sicily (1st Place In Nature Category)

#6 Mangrove, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Nature Category)

The mangroves are a unique and very important ecosystem on Earth. As in all the ecosystems, you can find an apex predator at the top of the food chain to regulate the good health of the ocean. In Cuba, I explored the mangrove and was able to photograph the American crocodile.

Mangrove, Cuba (Honorable Mention In Nature Category)

#7 Floating Market, Malaysia (3rd Place In Travel Category)

Water transportation plays an important role in everyday life in South Borneo.

Floating Market, Malaysia (3rd Place In Travel Category)

#8 Outlines And Shadows, South Vietnam, (Honorable Mention In Open Color Category)

On the sand dunes of Mui Ne, situated close to its homonym city in South Vietnam, three girls are walking along the slope wearing their typical cone hats and carrying their scales, creating beautiful lines and shade effects on the sand.

Outlines And Shadows, South Vietnam, (Honorable Mention In Open Color Category)

#9 Women Reflection, UAE (2nd Place In Architecture Category)

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.

Women Reflection, UAE (2nd Place In Architecture Category)

#10 Central Black, Bahrain (3rd Place In Open Color Category)

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.

Central Black, Bahrain (3rd Place In Open Color Category)

#11 The Way Back, Iraq (Honorable Mention In Open Color Category)

The most beautiful area in the South of Iraq is called “Al-Chibayish Marshes” in Al-Nasiriyah province. It has hundreds of miles of water coming from the Euphrates river. In this area life is so simple and sometimes very hard.

The Way Back, Iraq (Honorable Mention In Open Color Category)

#12 I’m Nothing (Honorable Mention In Open Monochrome Category)

The image was taken in one of Bagan’s temples in Myanmar. It captures a very special moment when a sunbeam enters through a small window and hits the statue’s heart while a monk is cleaning the statue at the same time.

I'm Nothing (Honorable Mention In Open Monochrome Category)

#13 Living Place, Tibet (Honorable Mention In Architecture Category)

I left Chengdu and arrived at Seda Tibetan Buddhist Institute, located at Larong Ditch, Seda County, Ganzi State, Sichuan Province. On that night it snowed a lot and the following morning the red houses of the Lamas and nuns were all covered with heavy snow. This was the first time that I saw such a scene and almost in shock, I took the picture.

Living Place, Tibet (Honorable Mention In Architecture Category)

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#14 The Storyteller, China (Honorable Mention In Travel Category)

In Sichuan province, China, the tea house still plays a vital role in the daily life: here people relax during a storytelling session.

The Storyteller, China (Honorable Mention In Travel Category)

#15 Ripples In Tea, China (Honorable Mention In Travel Category)

Harvest time ay a high-quality, ecological tea plantation in Jinlu village in China’s Zhejiang province.

Ripples In Tea, China (Honorable Mention In Travel Category)

#16 Tuscan Golden Sunrise (Remarkable Award In Open Color Category)

Tuscan Golden Sunrise (Remarkable Award In Open Color Category)

#17 The Calm Of Art (Remarkable Award In Architecture Category)

The Calm Of Art (Remarkable Award In Architecture Category)

#18 Tree Of Life (Remarkable Award In Open Color Category)

Tree Of Life (Remarkable Award In Open Color Category)

#19 Jodhpur Family, Rajasthan (Honorable Mention In Travel Category)

A studied composition of the Bhenwa family in the city of Jodhpur.

Jodhpur Family, Rajasthan (Honorable Mention In Travel Category)

#20 Gaming During Recess (Remarkable Award In Open Monochrome Category)

 Gaming During Recess (Remarkable Award In Open Monochrome Category)