25 excellent artistic photos, winners of the International Siena Creative Photography Awards 2021

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2021 Siena Creative Photo Awards, a global platform for artistic photography, has released the winners of this year’s competition, recognizing and rewarding visionary artists through photographic processes and images.

Founded in 2015, this internationally prestigious competition honors modern unique visions and the photographer’s ability to translate them into extraordinary and original work in 17 categories.

It “sits at the inventive and experimental end of photography’s competitive spectrum,” and this year’s winning selection showcases evocative inspiration spanning plastic waves, freaky forks, and stunning still lifes.

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In this competition, everyone is free to use any technique. Only the final effect counts.

“Show us how to push the photographic medium, experiment with different techniques or creative approaches to bring your ideas to life,” the organizers invite participants. “We break all the rules and we want you to break them with us by creating new trends in art.”

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The winning photos for each category will be shown at the exhibition “I Wonder If You Can” during International Siena Awards Festival from October 23 to December 5 in the beautiful city of Siena, Italy.

The visual arts festival is an attempt to bring together people from all over the world who are passionate not only about photography, but global connection, cultural exchange and art as a catalyst for change.

“The Lake” (below) by Iranian photographer Masoud Mirzaei is the overall winner of the 2021 Creative Photo Awards and was selected from tens of thousands of photos submitted by photographers from 137 countries.

Lake Urmia is the largest lake in the Middle East and the sixth largest saltwater lake on Earth, located between the provinces of East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan.

The experimental

This image represents the positive side of humanity’s adaptive spirit: The people are real figures with seemingly normal and peaceful lives despite existing in a habitat that is a disturbing urban urban agglomeration. The work is made with many shots, from which the photographic clippings are obtained and then composed in a single scenario using digital collage.

The image combines the security of being at home with physical freedom. The houses are from Menton in France. The landscape is from the island of Herring in Germany. The full title is “When Claudine drinks coffee, she often thinks of the sea.”

This image is a surreal metaphor that explores people’s reactions when they lose a game. Some could get over it and others feel desperate down. “The image represents colors of contrast in my mind, and my surrealism soul blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality,” explains the photographer.

This shows the world as a sum of moments that overlap and merge to form feelings and memories, our own reality.

Nature is fighting a constant battle with global change. Toxic rivers seeping from man-made mountains and jungles of pipes. The image is one in a series dedicated to show the constant struggle between nature and humanity and inspire future generations to preserve their natural heritage.

The image started as a shot of the birds rowing in a tree waiting for the photographer to fill their feet. “I loved the silhouette of it, all the branches and birds,” explains the photographer. “I finished a version of a shot that morning and started working on other shots with different treatments. This presents a different mood with its darker quality and structured background. ”

Open theme

The image is from the series ‘Losing our Minds’ made at the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency, “when fear overwhelmed humanity and forced us to reflect on the questionable and inappropriate exploitation of Mother Nature,” the photographer explains.

Inspired by a historical film about a royal princess in the Joseon era 1392-1897 of what is now Korea. The princess is wearing a traditional outfit called Hanbok, and the photographer mixes traditional elements with a surreal touch.

This is part of a series as a visual commentary on the effects of human behavior on our garden and garden. The intended message is exemplified through the recycled materials used to shape each “wave”, especially plastic bags.

The photographer explains: “This study by my friend, the jazz composer and pianist Django Bates, reflects the humor that underlies much of his work. The question is always: What goes on in the mind of a creative person? Here is a tongue-in-cheek answer with additional symbolism for the detectives. Most of the post-production was done in Photoshop, but I created the swinging dancing figures to the right in 3D software after a painting by the surrealist, John Melville.

Still Life In Photos

The picture is a tribute to Rembrandt and the light from his paintings, which is also ideal for a still life photo.

This photographic idea represents the nature of selfish desire and shows favoritism for the richest who have been practiced in our society for a long time.

The architecture of the city is huge, very modern and in rapid growth. In a more architectural perspective, the photographer created a sketch of the city with the Burj Khalifa building on a scale based on a photograph he took on the spot.

When nature wakes up, butterflies flutter around and the danger of a virus lurks. Everyone is asked to stay in their cages. The cultural and social life stops. If one looks superficially at this still life, it seems to be a peaceful scene. However, the image is filled with symbols referring to the spring of 2020 and the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The photographer created this image the day the world reached the annual consumption of what the earth gives us. In 2020, it happened on August 22: “I do not know what this year will be like. If we ‘eat’ natural resources, as we do, we destroy our homes in the universe. ”


Shot in Puan, Argentina, the picture invites us to reflect on where to go when no path seems to be free. Or is it trapped in our minds that we are not able to see the endless possibilities of the country?

The photo draws a contrast line in the freedom of expression between different subjects. The joys of freedom in the two different scenarios are opposite but connected, as the same generation is forced to exist in different worlds.

A hat can simply be a covering for the head. It can also be much more. ‘In a Hat-beat’ celebrates extraordinary stories created by ordinary hats. A very special visual love letter for creativity, minimalism, humor, precision and fashion.

The picture explores the concept of having to let go of something in your life – but how impossible it can feel as we are so used to holding on to things.

The concept of letting children play with minimal supervision formed the basis of this picture. It explores the idea that children who play independently build self-confidence and skills and control their own emotions and behaviors.


This work provides a symbolic tribute to the fork, an everyday object that the photographer finds “flexible, elegant, feminine and symmetrical, yet threatening and seductive.” The photograph is part of the project “Forken”, which produces the geometric, almost abstract qualities of this everyday object.

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