See the breathtaking winners from this year's Siena International Photo Awards

Benli Bai/Siena International Photo AwardsOne of the winners of the 2019 Siena International Photo Awards.

The annual Siena International Photo Awards celebrates images showing the most striking settings and moments on Earth.

The contest recognises photographers who use their skills and creativity to take a picture “that captures or represents a moment or event of great impact,” according to a statement from SIPA.

This year, photographers from 161 countries submitted their most daring, breathtaking photos of people, animals, urban spaces, and natural wonders.

Here is a selection of 10 winning images. You can view last year’s winners here.

First place, Journey and Adventures category: “Transhumance in Spain” by Susana Girón

Susana Girón/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Jaen, Spain.

“The Alarcon family is one of the last families that still work as nomadic shepherds in Europe. The phenomenon of transhumance has survived for centuries: Families of shepherds migrate on foot through the territory with their animals in search of better pastures, climate and living conditions.”

First place, Jump for Joy category: “Joy” by Bram Paulussen

Bram Paulussen/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Japan.

“In an empty train station, the beautiful laugh of a Japanese couple seems to break the almost surreal quietness of the place.”

First place, The Beauty of Nature category: “Natural Recycling” by Ignacio Medem

Ignacio Medem/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Zambia.

“In less than three days, more than one hundred crocodiles manage to transform a dead hippo into fertiliser for the river.”

First place, Sports in Action category: “Diving” by Maxim Korotchenko

Maxim Korotchenko/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Astrakhan, Russia.

“Some people enjoy diving from the platforms of the pool at the water centre in the city of Astrakhan, one of the many structures of the ‘Star’ sports centre, which also hosts a hotel for athletes and coaches.”

First place, Animals in their Environment category: “Black Rhino at Night” by William Burrard-Lucas

William Burrard-Lucas/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Tsavo West, Kenya.

“Black rhinos are predominately active at night, so I wanted to capture them in their nocturnal environment. I opted for side lighting to highlight the sides of the rhino’s horn and make it stand out from the night sky. Rhinos were almost wiped out by poaching, but thanks to concerted conservation efforts in the park, their numbers are gradually recovering.”

First place, Architecture and Urban Spaces category: “Multi Colour” by Elizabeth Jenny Taner

Elizabeth Jenny Taner/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Tokyo, Japan.

“The vibrant combination of the colours of the doors in this office complex in Tokyo makes this building very distinctive and attractive.”

First place, Fascinating Places and Characters category: “Border Patrol Academy” by Matt McClain

Matt McClain/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Artesia, New Mexico.

“Erin Herrgott, 20, of Oxford, Mississippi, centre, is talked to by her instructor, Howard Parsons, after arriving at the United States Border Patrol Academy on August 29, 2018. The academy, located in Artesia, New Mexico, is on the grounds of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre.”

Remarkable Artwork award, Journeys and Adventures category: “Tread on the Sand Sea” by Benli Bai

Benli Bai/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Unlisted.

Benli Bai’s photo captures the movement of camels in a sandy cloud.

Honorable Mention, Creative and Still Life category: “Netting” by Danny Yen Sin Wong

Danny Yen Sin Wong/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Phan Rang, Vietnam.

“The harmony of colours enhances the portrait of a Vietnamese woman busy making traditional fishing nets by hand in Phan Rang.”

Remarkable Artwork award, The Beauty of Nature category: “The Magic Night” by José David Riquelme Peñalver

José David Riquelme Peñalver/Siena International Photo AwardsLocation: Iceland.

The Northern Lights are visible in José David Riquelme Peñalver’s stunning photo of a peak in Iceland.

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