Siena International Photo Awards 2020

€ 1,500.00 as an attendance bonus to the Awards Ceremony.


The awarded and finalist images will be published on the competition's website and showcased in a collective exhibition during Siena International Photo Awards Festival 2020. In addition, some of the entries can also be selected to be exhibited in Italy and abroad. At the end of the exhibition cycle, photo prints on display will be sold in a public charity auction in support of a project of solidarity.

Themes and categories
The photos must be based on the following categories and themes:
Photojournalism is our window to the world around us.
Regardless of whether an image is considered spectacular or not, a photograph is a representation of all the words that we choose to say… or not say. Photography is a medium, unique to perhaps all other mediums, that has the potential to convey thoughts and feelings without saying a word.
It has been said that each photograph is worth a thousand words. Photographs represent ourselves and how we see the world. Seeing, after all, is believing. And nothing makes people see more than a strong photograph. Image processing is allowed in this category, but it is the responsibility of the photographer to not manipulate or enhance the images in a manner that distorts or changes the reality of the scene.
Capture the extraordinary experiences that are an essential part of traveling - the discoveries, and adventures that inspire us and make travel thrilling and astonishing - the differences in the ways other cultures live. Capture an image that captures everyday life in a public space.
We ask you to introduce us to the people you encounter, showing us their lives and expressions 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 at capturing people. Share images of individuals, groups, communities, people at work, leisure, and festivals, for example.
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 microhabitats of plants and other flora are a way to share one’s appreciation for our amazing planet. Images may include water environments such as oceans, lakes, and rivers with images taken above or below water, including waves, tide pools and other water scenes.
Wildlife is 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.
Old buildings define the past while new buildings shape the 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 architecture is a key element of the image. All manners of editing, digital blending, and layering are allowed in this category. Raw Files will not be requested.
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 camaraderie to help bring people closer to the exciting world of action sports.
STREET LIFE (Special theme of the year 2020):
If you are creatively capturing the weird and wonderful moments of life as they unfold around you, we want to see your work!
From the pulsing arteries of a bustling metropolis to the quiet solitude of its empty backstreets. Glistening glass and steel, against crumbling brickwork and eroded stone. Chance encounters and random moments.
Life exists in the streets. Take us there. No matter your tools or your location, we want to see your unique perspective from the street, however, you define it. Urbanscapes, observational photography, accidental revelations, street encounters, city scenes… Inspire us with street photography, and the insights it can uncover.


The participant with the highest final score image will be proclaimed “Photographer of the Year SIPA Contest 2020” and will receive a prize equivalent to the amount of € 1,500.00 as an attendance bonus to the Awards Ceremony. The decision of Siena International Photo Awards Jurors is final. The jury reserves the right to assign special prizes and the right to withhold some awards if the quality of submitted photos is not satisfactory. Prizes must be collected in person by the winner at the awards ceremony in Siena or by a person representing them. The Pangea Prize will be only delivered to the winners who attend the Awards Ceremony.


Siena International Photo Awards is a photographic contest open to professional and non-professional photographers from all around the world.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Each participant owns the copyright of the submitted images. The participant certifies the work as his or her own. The entrant allows the contest organizers to use, free of charge, the entered images for promotional purposes related to the photo contest, as a catalogue, calendar, and website, unless specifically stated otherwise on the registration form by the participant. No photographs entered for Siena International Photo Awards will be offered for sale or used by any of the Siena International Photo Awards sponsors for any commercial or other purposes other than for the marketing of Siena International Photo Awards, the competition, and/or the exhibition and catalogue without the approval of the photographer.