EXHIBITIONS 2022

Siena International Photography Awards

Siena International Photo Awards is a contest open to both professional and amateur photographers from all around the world. It is an event with the highest international participation. 2020 edition has received nearly 48.000 images from 156 countries worldwide.

This exhibition showcases best of images and stories that featured in the 2021 contest.


Documentary & Photojournalism

Ten images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


SIPA Contest Photo of the YearPOS SA 187 01
CaptivePOS SA 187 02
Portugal Forest FirePOS SA 187 03
Migrant Girls MournPOS SA 187 04
Protest Has a Woman FacePOS SA 187 05
QuarantinePOS SA 187 06
The Heart of KashmirPOS SA 187 07
The Man Who Walks UnderwaterPOS SA 187 08
The Moria Camp Burns to the GroundPOS SA 187 09
VirungaPOS SA 187 10

Animals in their Environment

Ten images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


Food for WeeksPOS SA 187 11
Elephant's Last EmbracePOS SA 187 12
Flying in The RainPOS SA 187 13
Come High WaterPOS SA 187 14
Big DipperPOS SA 187 15
Gardener of the ForestPOS SA 187 16
Lessons for LifePOS SA 187 17
Looking For Its MotherPOS SA 187 18
Savannah StormPOS SA 187 19
The Dance of LifePOS SA 187 20

Architecture & Urban Spaces

Five images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


Lona / BialaPOS SA 187 21
Liling Ceramic Art CityPOS SA 187 22
Welcome to the Paradise - Pardis XIIIPOS SA 187 23
Aladdin's LampPOS SA 187 24
Low AnglePOS SA 187 25

Covid-19

Six images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


BirthdayPOS SA 187 26
Night in Pandemic TimePOS SA 187 27
Life in a TearPOS SA 187 28
LonelinessPOS SA 187 29
Five FingersPOS SA 187 30
Lockdown TrainingPOS SA 187 31

Street Photography

Six images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


ChildhoodPOS SA 187 32
Coney Work-Out BarsPOS SA 187 33
Shadow HighlightPOS SA 187 34
FacesPOS SA 187 35
A Cuba MomentPOS SA 187 36
Q TrainPOS SA 187 37

Fascinating faces and characters

Five images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


ZorPOS SA 187 38
Cape Town (South Africa)POS SA 187 39
Fly To Be FreePOS SA 187 40
Child Plays in a TanneryPOS SA 187 41
Tae Jung and Ha RuPOS SA 187 42

Journeys & Adventures

Six images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


This is My Jungle!POS SA 187 43
Swamp MotelPOS SA 187 44
Desire for KnowledgePOS SA 187 45
The CollaboratorsPOS SA 187 46
What Lurks BelowPOS SA 187 47
Out for PrayersPOS SA 187 48

Sports in Action

Five images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


Street FightingPOS SA 187 49
Falling at The LastPOS SA 187 50
Prime Real EstatePOS SA 187 51
Aerobatic FlightPOS SA 187 52
SnowmanPOS SA 187 53

The beauty of Nature

Five images from the 2021 entries that achieved Contest Placement or Honorable Mention in its category


Green Light ForestPOS SA 187 54
SandstormPOS SA 187 55
AliensPOS SA 187 56
Jellyfish LakePOS SA 187 57
Winter PlanetsPOS SA 187 58

Saving Chimpanzees in Congo by Brent Stirton (SA)

Rescuing and saving baby chimps is difficult. When they are taken by poachers, they are subject to tremendous trauma and abuse and cannot access the nutrition they need to survive. The care required for their survival is similar to what human babies require, and often exhausting 24/7 time of need. Many of the caregivers at this sanctuary are victims of the conflict, and a number of them have been raped, displaced, or wounded. They see the chimps are healing them as much as they are healing the chimps. The bushmeat trade in the Congo basin is the heaviest in the world. Chimpanzees are often shot for the trade and their babies taken for possible sale. This essay attempts to show some of what is required to save those few chimps that are rescued, an estimated one in ten. We see this through rescue teams, bushmeat markets, and through the lens of Lwiro, a rescue sanctuary for chimps in a part of the Democratic Republic of Congo where conflict is a regular feature and wildlife is the last priority unless it can be eaten or sold.


Saving Chimpanzees in CongoPOS SA 187 59
Saving Chimpanzees in CongoPOS SA 187 60
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Saving Chimpanzees in CongoPOS SA 187 65
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Saving Chimpanzees in CongoPOS SA 187 67

Doctor Peyo and Mister Hassen by Jeremy Lempin (FR)

The stallion Peyo, twice French champion in artistic dressage, is not like other horses who like to be pet - he has a strong, even difficult character. However, Hassen Bouchakour noticed that after performing shows his stallion sometimes approached people from the audience, suddenly behaving gently and protectively and always choosing people who were emotionally, physically, or psychologically vulnerable. Hassen sought out expert advice from veterinarians and a variety of medical specialists. After four years of research, they determined that Peyo’s cerebral activity is unique.

Today, experts and scientists are studying Peyo’s ability to instinctively detect cancer patients, as well as exploring why he chooses to accompany certain patients until their last breath. Hassan decided to take his horse Peyo into the palliative care department of the Calais hospital after cleaning him thoroughly and polishing his hooves in respect of the strict health regulations. “Doctor Peyo,” as he’s fondly called by the hospital staff, is now a celebrity, but most of all is an instrument in helping palliative care patients reduce their consumption of hard drugs.


Doctor Peyo and Mister HassenPOS SA 187 68
Doctor Peyo and Mister HassenPOS SA 187 69
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Doctor Peyo and Mister HassenPOS SA 187 76

Paradise Lost by Valery Melnikov (RU)

The so-called "Perestroika”, initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-80s of the 20th century and the collapse of the USSR, turned into a series of territorial and ethnic conflicts throughout the former Soviet Empire, especially in the South Caucasus. For Nagorno-Karabakh, part of the Azerbaijan Union Republic, perestroika ended in a skirmish. Thirty years ago the balance of peaceful life in the region was lost. Ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan declared independence and won during the armed conflict. Most of the territory came under their control.

The Azerbaijani population was forced to leave Nagorno-Karabakh. In the autumn of 2020, the military actions between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and the armed formations of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with the support of Armenia resumed. The frozen conflict of the late 20th century suddenly exploded like a dormant volcano. The clashes were the longest and bloodiest in the region since the end of the Karabakh war in 1994. The fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia lasted six weeks and ended on November 10, 2020, with a peace agreement. Azerbaijan regained control over the areas that Armenia seized in the 1990s. But the balance is not reached.

It is difficult to say who lost and who won this war. Truly reconciling and forgiving each other will be incredibly difficult for both sides: both for the Armenians who were expelled from their homes, who lost their homeland and thousands of soldiers, and for the Azerbaijanis returning to empty and lifeless cities, to the ruins of two wars. Although the fighting is over, future generations will continue to hate each other. "We will not be able to reconcile and live together now. Too much blood spilled on both sides - told me Areg, a local resident of the village of Karabakh. - It will take time. And yet, sooner or later, we must forgive each other. This is the only way to end the war."


Paradise LostPOS SA 187 77
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Paradise LostPOS SA 187 85

Home away from Home by Avishag Shaar-Yashuv (IL)

The Barri family: Amnon, Tamar, and their children Malmalu, Paamon, and Achu. Amnon Barri, a circus man, experienced a personal tragedy in childhood when his sister was murdered near him in Ras Burka in the Sinai Desert. One day Amnon woke up knowing that his life had to change. Tamar Barri, a painter, was born to an Orthodox family and lived in a settlement. One day she decided to leave her past behind her; she bought a van and began wandering the breadth and width of the country. On her wanderings, Tamar stopped for Amnon who was hitchhiking. The two arrived in the desert and there, in the Rainbow Festival, discovered their love for one another. They wandered to Kenya, and there, in an African tribe tent, their first daughter was born. A year later, The Barrys returned to Tamar's old van, and kept traveling and seeking a place where their hearts would feel at home.


Home away from HomePOS SA 187 86
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Xposure hosts solo exhibition spaces for acclaimed photographers along with group exhibitions for professional institutions. All exhibiting photographers will be present during the festival, enabling you the opportunity to meet and talk to them about their work.