2018 WINNERS OF THE ACCLAIMED SIENA PHOTO AWARDS

 A staggering 48,000 people entered the contest. The standard is very high - the competition attracts entries from photographers who are at the peak of their skill.

 

 

Polish                                                           photographer                                                           Bartlomiej                                                           Jurecki                                                           captured this                                                           image of                                                           traditional                                                           sheep grazing                                                           called                                                           Redyk which                                                           takes place in                                                           Mizerna in                                                           southern                                                           Poland and                                                           involves more                                                           than 1500                                                           animals He                                                           said From                                                           the Low Beskid                                                           Mountains                                                           shepherds                                                           bring back the                                                           animals to the                                                           city of Nowy                                                           Targ where                                                           the owners                                                           will take care                                                           of them during                                                           the winter                                                           The animals                                                           will go back                                                           to the                                                           mountains in                                                           spring The                                                           image was                                                           highly                                                           commended by                                                           the judges

Polish photographer Bartlomiej Jurecki captured this image of traditional sheep grazing called 'Redyk', which takes place in Mizerna in southern Poland and involves more than 1,500 animals. He said: 'From the Low Beskid Mountains, shepherds bring back the animals to the city of Nowy Targ, where the owners will take care of them during the winter. The animals will go back to the mountains in spring.' The image was highly commended by the judges

This                                                           jaw-dropping                                                           photo of a                                                           group of sperm                                                           whales was                                                           snapped by                                                           Tony Wu while                                                           in Sri Lanka                                                           He said The                                                           sperm whales                                                           pictured here                                                           had just                                                           emerged from                                                           milling around                                                           in a gigantic                                                           cluster with                                                           many of the                                                           whales                                                           defecating to                                                           such an extent                                                           that the water                                                           was opaque                                                           with                                                           secretions                                                           This scene was                                                           part of a                                                           large                                                           multi-day                                                           aggregation                                                           comprising                                                           hundreds                                                           perhaps                                                           thousands of                                                           whales Mr Wu                                                           won third                                                           place in the                                                           animals in                                                           their                                                           environment                                                           category for                                                           this image

This jaw-dropping photo of a group of sperm whales was snapped by Tony Wu while in Sri Lanka. He said: 'The sperm whales pictured here had just emerged from milling around in a gigantic cluster, with many of the whales defecating to such an extent that the water was opaque with secretions. This scene was part of a large, multi-day aggregation comprising hundreds, perhaps thousands of whales.

Mr. Wu won third place in the animals in their environment category for this image

 

The                                                           winning image                                                           in the beauty                                                           of nature                                                           category shows                                                           lightning                                                           ripping                                                           through a                                                           volcanic                                                           eruption It                                                           was snapped by                                                           Francisco                                                           Negroni from                                                           Chile He                                                           said This                                                           photograph was                                                           taken during a                                                           violent night                                                           eruption of                                                           the Calbuco                                                           volcano in the                                                           Lagos region                                                           Chile An                                                           incredible                                                           dirt storm                                                           wraps the                                                           fumarole of                                                           the erupting                                                           volcano

The winning image in the 'beauty of nature' category shows lightning ripping through a volcanic eruption. It was snapped by Francisco Negroni from Chile. He said: 'This photograph was taken during a violent night eruption of the Calbuco volcano in the Lagos region, Chile. An incredible dirt storm wraps the fumarole of the erupting volcano'

The                                                           overall                                                           winning image                                                           of the                                                           competition is                                                           this emotive                                                           shot taken in                                                           2017 by                                                           photographer                                                           KM Asad in                                                           Bangladesh It                                                           shows Asmat                                                           Ara a refugee                                                           from Myanmar                                                           who looks                                                           traumatised                                                           after                                                           witnessing the                                                           violence that                                                           had taken                                                           place there                                                           The previous                                                           night she had                                                           entered                                                           Tenkhali                                                           Rohingya                                                           refugee camp                                                           with her                                                           family from                                                           Kumar Khali in                                                           Rohingya                                                           state                                                           According to                                                           the UNHCR                                                           more than                                                           646000                                                           Rohingya                                                           refugees have                                                           fled from                                                           Myanmar since                                                           August 2017                                                           most of them                                                           trying to                                                           cross the                                                           border to                                                           reach                                                           Bangladesh

The overall winning image of the competition is this emotive shot taken in 2017 by photographer KM Asad in Bangladesh. It shows Asmat Ara, a refugee from Myanmar who looks traumatised after witnessing the violence that had taken place there. The previous night she had entered Tenkhali Rohingya refugee camp with her family from Kumar Khali in Rohingya state. According to the UNHCR, more than 646,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar since August 2017, most of them trying to cross the border to reach Bangladesh

American                                                           photographer                                                           Mariusz                                                           Potocki                                                           captured this                                                           charming image                                                           of chinstrap                                                           penguins                                                           resting on an                                                           iceberg in the                                                           Bransfield                                                           Strait in                                                           Antarctica He                                                           said When                                                           sailing                                                           Antarctic                                                           waters you                                                           will often see                                                           different                                                           types of                                                           icebergs Some                                                           of these                                                           floating                                                           islands are                                                           great resting                                                           places for                                                           hunting                                                           penguins who                                                           can travel                                                           many                                                           kilometers                                                           before jumping                                                           back into the                                                           icy water

American photographer Mariusz Potocki captured this charming image of chinstrap penguins resting on an iceberg in the Bransfield Strait in Antarctica. He said: 'When sailing Antarctic waters you will often see different types of icebergs. Some of these floating islands are great resting places for hunting penguins who can travel many kilometers, before jumping back into the icy water'

Photographer Mohd Nazri Sulaiman won a Remarkable Award in the                                                           fascinating                                                           faces and                                                           characters                                                           category for                                                           this shot                                                           showing a                                                           young boy                                                           cradling a cow                                                           in Malaysia

Photographer Mohd Nazri Sulaiman won a Remarkable Award in the 'fascinating faces and characters' category for this shot showing a young boy cradling a cow in Malaysia

This                                                           dramatic image                                                           shows a                                                           chameleon                                                           whipping out                                                           its tongue to                                                           capture a                                                           dragonfly It                                                           was snapped in                                                           Netanya Forest                                                           in Israel by                                                           photographer                                                           Daniel                                                           Danilov who                                                           earned an                                                           honourable                                                           mention in the                                                           beauty of                                                           nature                                                           category He                                                           said I was                                                           hiding behind                                                           a bush in                                                           order not to                                                           disturb the                                                           scene Its                                                           tongue is                                                           longer than                                                           its body and                                                           its tip is                                                           sticky and                                                           thick

This dramatic image shows a chameleon whipping out its tongue to capture a dragonfly. It was snapped in Netanya Forest in Israel by photographer Daniel Danilov, who earned an honourable mention in the 'beauty of nature category'. He said: 'I was hiding behind a bush in order not to disturb the scene. Its tongue is longer than its body, and its tip is sticky and thick'

This                                                           heartwarming                                                           image of a                                                           pair of hoopoe                                                           birds was                                                           snapped by                                                           Jacopo Rigotti                                                           in Trentino                                                           Italy He                                                           said                                                           Looking as                                                           usual for the                                                           nests of the                                                           most beautiful                                                           bird species                                                           in Trentino I                                                           unexpectedly                                                           saw this                                                           hoopoe and I                                                           immediately                                                           grasped the                                                           opportunity to                                                           photograph                                                           it The image                                                           bestowed upon                                                           Mr Rigotti an                                                           honourable                                                           mention in                                                           the animals in                                                           their                                                           environment                                                           category

This heartwarming image of a pair of hoopoe birds was snapped by Jacopo Rigotti in Trentino, Italy. He said: 'Looking, as usual, for the nests of the most beautiful bird species in Trentino, I unexpectedly saw this hoopoe and I immediately grasped the opportunity to photograph it.' The image bestowed upon Mr Rigotti an 'honourable mention' in the animals in their environment category

A pair of                                                           vultures and a                                                           jackal on the                                                           hunt for their                                                           prey inside                                                           Kruger                                                           National Park                                                           in South                                                           Africa The                                                           shot taken by                                                           Willem Kruger                                                           won a                                                           Remarkable                                                           Award in the                                                           photo contest

A pair of vultures and a jackal on the hunt for their prey inside Kruger National Park in South Africa. The shot, taken by Willem Kruger, won a Remarkable Award in the photo contest

A pair of                                                           leopards keep                                                           their kill                                                           high up in a                                                           tree away from                                                           scavengers in                                                           Kenya The                                                           shot by Hetal                                                           Teeku Petal                                                           won a                                                           Remarkable                                                           Award in the                                                           contest

A pair of leopards keep their kill high up in a tree away from scavengers in Kenya. The shot by Hetal Teeku Petal won a Remarkable Award in the contest

French                                                           photographer                                                           Lorraine Turci                                                           won third                                                           place in the                                                           journeys and                                                           adventure                                                           category for                                                           this dramatic                                                           image of a                                                           boat being                                                           battered with                                                           40ft waves in                                                           the South of                                                           Drake Passage                                                           between Cape                                                           Horn and                                                           Antarctica

French photographer Lorraine Turci won third place in the 'journeys and adventure' category for this dramatic image of a boat being battered with 40ft waves in the South of Drake Passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica

Photographer Md Zakirul Mazed Konok gained an honourable mention                                                           for this shot                                                           showing a frog                                                           trying to eat                                                           ants in                                                           Bangladesh He                                                           said Unity                                                           is the                                                           strength as                                                           with teamwork                                                           and                                                           collaboration                                                           with which                                                           wonderful                                                           things can be                                                           achieved Here                                                           this frog                                                           wanted to eat                                                           the ants but                                                           its own life                                                           is at risk in                                                           the face of                                                           their unity

Photographer Md Zakirul Mazed Konok gained an honourable mention for this shot showing a frog trying to eat ants in Bangladesh. He said: 'Unity is the strength, as with teamwork and collaboration with which wonderful things can be achieved. Here this frog wanted to eat the ants, but its own life is at risk in the face of their unity'

Indian                                                           photographer                                                           Shivang Mehta                                                           won second                                                           place in the                                                           animals in                                                           their                                                           environment                                                           category for                                                           this image                                                           showing a                                                           tiger cub                                                           pouncing on a                                                           deer in                                                           Ranthambore                                                           National Park                                                           in India He                                                           said I                                                           captured the                                                           moment when                                                           the tiger cub                                                           was struggling                                                           to get the                                                           prey down as                                                           his siblings                                                           and mother                                                           were watching                                                           from a                                                           distance

Indian photographer Shivang Mehta won second place in the animals in their environment category for this image showing a tiger cub pouncing on a deer in Ranthambore National Park in India. He said: 'I captured the moment when the tiger cub was struggling to get the prey down, as his siblings and mother were watching from a distance'

German                                                           photographer                                                           Thomas Kalak                                                           shot this                                                           striking image                                                           showing the                                                           worlds                                                           tallest                                                           building the                                                           Burj Khalifa                                                           in Dubai This                                                           shot earned Mr                                                           Kalak a                                                           Remarkable                                                           Award in the                                                           architecture                                                           and urban                                                           spaces                                                           category

German photographer Thomas Kalak shot this striking image showing the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This shot earned Mr Kalak a Remarkable Award in the architecture and urban spaces category

Photographer Zakaria Abdelkafi snapped this dramatic image of an                                                           anti-riot                                                           police officer                                                           engulfed in                                                           flames after                                                           being hit by a                                                           Molotov                                                           cocktail                                                           during                                                           violence in                                                           Paris Mr                                                           Abdelkafi said                                                           he had no idea                                                           that the riot                                                           would end with                                                           the police                                                           officer being                                                           badly burned

Photographer Zakaria Abdelkafi snapped this dramatic image of an anti-riot police officer engulfed in flames after being hit by a Molotov cocktail during violence in Paris. Mr Abdelkafi said he had no idea that the riot would end with the police officer being badly burned

Photogrpaher Giovanni Allievi shot this stunning image of a                                                           crashing wave                                                           off Varigotti                                                           beach in                                                           northern                                                           Italy It won                                                           a Remarkable                                                           Award in the                                                           beauty of                                                           nature                                                           category

Photogrpaher Giovanni Allievi shot this stunning image of a crashing wave off Varigotti beach in northern Italy. It won a Remarkable Award in the beauty of nature category

Winning a                                                           Remarkable                                                           Award in the                                                           architecture                                                           and urban                                                           spaces                                                           category for                                                           this shot is                                                           German                                                           photographer                                                           Klaus Bittner                                                           He captured                                                           the image on                                                           the island of                                                           Sylt off the                                                           northern coast                                                           of Germany

Winning a Remarkable Award in the architecture and urban spaces category for this shot is German photographer Klaus Bittner. He captured the image on the island of Sylt off the northern coast of Germany

Photographer Timothy Moon shot this image of a mountain in the                                                           Snfellsnes                                                           region of                                                           Iceland The                                                           stunning                                                           picture earned                                                           him a                                                           honourable                                                           mention in the                                                           beauty of                                                           nature                                                           category He                                                           explained                                                           The coarse                                                           volcanic                                                           mountain has                                                           taken human                                                           form covered                                                           with a cloak                                                           of moss and                                                           heather in                                                           vivid autumn                                                           colours

Photographer Timothy Moon shot this image of a mountain in the Snæfellsnes region of Iceland. The stunning picture earned him a honourable mention in the beauty of nature category. He explained: 'The coarse volcanic mountain has taken human form covered with a cloak of moss and heather in vivid autumn colours'

Specialist underwater photographer Francis Perez won a Remarkable                                                           Award for this                                                           image showing                                                           a school of                                                           barracuda                                                           fish

Specialist underwater photographer Francis Perez won a Remarkable Award for this image showing a school of barracuda fish

 

On the shoulders of jerks


"And the penalty for a single mis-step, I mean, imagine you have a bad thought or you say a bad thing, is that the end of your career? We're going to dispose of high ability people because they told an off-color joke in the wrong setting? That's insane. You might have somebody on the verge of a cure for cancer, but if they told a joke that offended somebody's gender sensibilities, that person could be out of a job. That's insane. It's important to understand, that level of intolerance, that level of fragility, has to be driven out of the institutions that require these high agency individuals."

"I think that what's really going on is that there's been a monopoly, effectively, on a narrative held by the collection of major institutional voices.  The true spectrum of thought is far broader than people have been led to believe."

"What works … is when you're living through what I call Left-Carthyism, where the modern Left, which is my side of the aisle, has gotten so completely insane, that people are starved for normal conversation as if it were samizdat in the former Soviet Union."