Thanks to the Siena International Photo Awards contest for reminding us that no matter how many images we have appreciated, there are still boundless examples of culture and nature to be captured by talented photographers and shared for our amazement and enjoyment. Only in its second year, SIPA has already become an important staple of the international photography community with entries by photographers from over 100 countries. We are fortunate to have explanations for most of the images.
A strawberry-picker walks between colourful greenhouses near Nazilli, in the Aydın province of Turkey. By Leyla Emektar
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan By pascal Mannaerts
Floating market, Malaysia . Water transportation plays an important role in everyday life in South Borneo. Photo by Antonius Andre Tjiu
A Bahraini Muslim woman carrying her son while taking part in a funeral in Sitra Village, South Manama on March 22, 2011. Photo by Isa Ebrahim
By Pascal Mannaerts
A woman in the small fishing village of Phan Rang in southern Vietnam is making a traditional fishing net. Handmade fishing nets are typically manufactured by women while the men are responsible for catching fish. By Danny Yen Sin Wong
Eruption of Mt. Etna By Giuseppe Mario Famiani, Italy
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. Photo by Jian Huang
Chinese fishermen on the Ou river close to the city of Lishui – whose name means Beautiful Water. By Vladimir Proshin
On the sand dunes of Mui Ne, in South Vietnam, three girls are walking along the slope wearing their typical cone hats and carrying their scales. Photo by anny Yen Sin Wong
Shwamibagh temple, Bangladesh, The Hindu community celebrating the three-day Rakher Upabas festival. Devotees offer prayers after lighting earthen lamps and fast until the lamps have burned out. Photo by Noor Ahmed Gelal
Coming to get salt, by Jørgen Johanson. The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the hottest, the lowest and the most inhospitable places on earth. Asale lake is 116 metres below sea level. The Afar people extract salt using camels for transport.
At the Santa Catalina monastery in Arequipa, Peru, cloistered novices play volleyball. They pray nine times a day and live their lives in silence but, during this short break, they spend time together in the garden. By Melissa Farlow
When the ponds are drained in the Barycz Valley, Poland thousands of birds gather to eat fish. First came the first egrets and gulls. When an eagle appeared all the gulls flew off while the egrets stood motionless creating this striking image. By Mateusz Piesiak in Poland.
Aerial perspective of the red chilli harvest season in Bayingolin Mongol prefecture, Xinjiang, China, when farmers pick and leave them to dry in the sun. Photo by Hanbin Wang.
By Jiming Lv in China
While going to the beach in Basiskele, Kocaeli Turkey to take photos, the shadow of some people in a cafe, caught my attention. I decided to wait for the sunset in order to emphasize the shadow effect. After a few shots, someone suddenly looked out a window providing another interesting frame. By Leyla Emektar
Red mist in Alba. An autumnal glimpse of vineyards near Alba in the Langhe hills of Piedmont, Italy. Photo by Valentina Galvagno
Sprinkle Net. Photo by Fuyang Zhou
Ripples in tea, China. Harvest time at a high-quality, ecological tea plantation in Jinlu village in China’s Zhejiang province. Photo by Hong Ding
By The Eng Loe Djatinegoro of Indonesia
At prayer in Bagan, Myanmar, by Lim Chee Keong
“Beehive” Sunbathers in Sellin, Rügen Island, Germany, by Massimo della Latta
These saline shallows in northern Kenya are populated by millions of flamingos visible to the careful viewer. By Franco Cappellari.
Another view. By Jay Roode, Zambia
By Yousef Masoud, Saudi Arabia
This project carried out by locals is for aging wine directly in the ground which is rich in minerals.
Optical illusion floor, Image by Mauro Cenci of Italy
Orangutang in Bali, Indonesia uses an umbrella, by Andrew Suryono
By Massimiliano Broggi, Italy
Thanks to Siena International Photo Awards. Also to Bored Panda and Wim for getting me started on this post.