From 23 October to 5 December 2021 Siena and its surroundings will host a new edition of the Siena Awards. Rich program, including exhibitions, workshops, photographic tours, seminars, conferences, screenings and guided tours to discover the area. Internationally renowned guests. Among them, the American photojournalist Steve Winter – for the first time in Italy – with Big cats, the largest retrospective ever made on him.
Steve Winter and Brent Stirton at the Siena Awards
Long conservationist photojournalist for National Geographic, with his images Steve Winter aims to raise public awareness on the issue of conservation of big cats. Spectacular images gathered in Big cats, the retrospective on stage at the Siena Awards.
Snow leopards, tigers, pumas and jaguars will accompany visitors to discover some of the world’s most elusive wild cats photographed in their natural habitat: from the mountains of the Himalayas to the jungles and prairies of India, from the Rocky Mountains of western America to California, to the Amazonian rivers of South America.
The author explains: “I’m trying to find images that people have never seen before, that give them a reason to worry not only about animals, but also about the ecosystems in which they find.”
Another great protagonist of nature photography was also guest at the Siena Awards, the South African Brent Stirton, who has always been committed to turning the spotlight on the barbarity inflicted by poachers against animals in Africa, Asia and South America.
The monographic exhibition set up at the “La Tinaia” cultural center in Sovicille, a few kilometers from Siena, will focus on the trade of rhino horns, on the mysterious slaughter of four gorillas in the Virunga National Park and on the teachings for rangers to hide and survive the paramilitary groups and poachers in Congo.
The collective exhibitions
On Saturday 23 October, the opening day of the festival, the Teatro dei Rinnovati will host the awards ceremony for the Siena International Photo Awards, Drone Photo Awards and Creative Photo Awards. The winning shots of the three competitions can be admired in as many group exhibitions whose titles are inspired by the words of Imagine, an iconic piece by John Lennon composed fifty years ago and still relevant today.
Imagine all the people sharing all over the world is the exhibition that the winning shots of the twelve categories of the Siena International Photo Awards. The winners of the nineteen categories of the Creative photo awards, the Siena Awards international competition dedicated to artistic and creative photography, are gathered in the show I wonder if you can.
Finally, there are nine categories of Photo awards with drone, dedicated to aerial photography, whose winners will be the protagonists of the show Only the sky above us, set up in the Cloister of the Basilica of San Domenico. Absolute winner of this edition is the shot of the Norwegian photographer Terje Kolaas.
The image, titled Pink-footed geese encountering winter, comes from central Norway and portrays geese flying towards Svalbard, in the Arctic. Here the birds, who have anticipated their migration due to climate change, will find the islands still covered in snow.
The complete program on www.festival.sienawards.com