From parachuting over the Egyptian pyramids to playing in the Arctic, this year’s Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) spans all corners of the world. The Siena International Photo Contest has been held for 7 years and has quickly become one of the annual highlights on the photo contest calendar. The competition has 12 categories, covering conventional categories, such as architecture, animals, nature, etc. But this year there is a special category-COVID-19 topic.
Journeys and Adventures is a category that offers special lenses this year. What won the category was an eye-catching shot: a wild elephant reminded a jeep full of tourists who was in charge.
Karim Iliya’s magnificent shot “Two Worlds (Two Worlds)” is another outstanding work in this wild experience category. This photo was taken on the coast of Tonga and shows a free diver dancing with a humpback whale.
“Free diver Brianna Zurlo plays with huge baby humpback whales, which are one of the largest animals in the history of the earth,” Iliya pointed out in the caption of the photo. “When she was less than two months old, she was more than one. The car was still big. For more than an hour, she frolicked and charged and swam around, while her mother was resting below.”
This year’s Sports in Action category also brought several amazing highlights, including images taken by Alessandro Barteletti from the cockpit of a stunt pilot.
“Ten planes fly at an average speed of 600 kilometers per hour, and the distance between the wings is 2 meters,” Barteletti wrote in the caption of the photo. “‘Pony’ is the name given to the Frecce Tricolori pilot. This is the world Shanghai’s most famous aerobatic team was established in 1961. The flight between wings requires absolute mutual trust, which is achieved through tiring daily training.”
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