Lightning storms, ice in the desert and an evil owl among the stunning images in the Siena International Photo Awards

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LIGHTNING storms, ice in the desert and an evil owl are among the stunning images which have scooped prizes at the prestigious Siena International Photo Awards 2020. 

Talented snappers from across Europe captured some incredible moments as part of the competition - which saw over 48,000 images submitted.

Talented snapper Greg Lecoeur won overall photo of the year at the awards with his picture 'Frozen Mobile Home', taken in Antarctica

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Talented snapper Greg Lecoeur won overall photo of the year at the awards with his picture 'Frozen Mobile Home', taken in AntarcticaCredit: Greg Lecoeur/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'City light', taken by Yunhua Yu, won in the Architecture and Urban Spaces Remarkable Artwork category

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'City light', taken by Yunhua Yu, won in the Architecture and Urban Spaces Remarkable Artwork categoryCredit: Yunhua Yu /Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

Londoners by Olesia Kim's 'Londoners' was taken at Notting Hill carnival and won in the 'Street Photography' category

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Londoners by Olesia Kim's 'Londoners' was taken at Notting Hill carnival and won in the 'Street Photography' categoryCredit: Olesia Kim/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

Mohammad Sazid Hossain of Bangladesh scooped the top prize in documentary and photojournalism for his photo, 'Death of a Fire Victim'.

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Mohammad Sazid Hossain of Bangladesh scooped the top prize in documentary and photojournalism for his photo, 'Death of a Fire Victim'.Credit: Mohammad Sazid Hossain/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

Swedish photographer Jonas Classon’s ‘Night Hunter’ took home the top prize in the ‘Animals and their Environment’ category

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Swedish photographer Jonas Classon’s ‘Night Hunter’ took home the top prize in the ‘Animals and their Environment’ categoryCredit: Jonas Classon/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

Talented snapper Greg Lecoeur won overall photo of the year at the awards with his picture, 'Frozen Mobile Home'.

The breathtaking image was shot in Antarctica, and captures Crabeater Seals swimming around an iceberg.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Sazid Hossain of Bangladesh scooped the top prize in 'Documentary and photojournalism' for his 'Death of a Fire Victim' picture.

The harrowing photo shows the tragic moment a man plunged from a flaming building, as others tried to climb down to safety in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Swedish photographer Jonas Classon’s ‘Night Hunter’ took home the top prize in the ‘Animals and their Environment’ category. 

It shows a great Grey Owl perching on a tree and stalking its prey by moonlight. 

British photographer Ian Macnicol won the sports gong for Diogo Cancela, a stunning underwater image of the Portuguese athlete at an international para-swimming competition

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British photographer Ian Macnicol won the sports gong for Diogo Cancela, a stunning underwater image of the Portuguese athlete at an international para-swimming competitionCredit: Ian Macnicol/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'Saving Orangutans', taken by Alain Schroeder, won in the Story Board category

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'Saving Orangutans', taken by Alain Schroeder, won in the Story Board categoryCredit: Alain Schroeder/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

The pictures highlight how Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the depletion of the rainforest

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The pictures highlight how Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the depletion of the rainforestCredit: Alain Schroeder/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'The Kiss' by Tobias Friedrich received an honourable mention in the 'Animals in their Environment' category

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'The Kiss' by Tobias Friedrich received an honourable mention in the 'Animals in their Environment' categoryCredit: Tobias Friedrich/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

British photographer Ian Macnicol won the sports gong for 'Diogo Cancela', a stunning underwater image of the Portuguese athlete at an international para-swimming competition.

The snap shows a stream of bubbles erupting from his nose as he surges towards the camera while swimming through the pool.

'Saving Orangutans', taken by Alain Schroeder, won in the Story Board category and highlights how Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the depletion of the rainforest.

Olesia Kim's 'Londoners', meanwhile, was taken at Notting Hill carnival and won in the 'Street Photography' category.

'Unexpected guest on the train' by Xiangang Chen was nominated in the 'Journeys and Adventures Remarkable Artwork' category

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'Unexpected guest on the train' by Xiangang Chen was nominated in the 'Journeys and Adventures Remarkable Artwork' categoryCredit: Xiangang Chen/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'Hope' by Francis Pérez came third in the 'Documentary and Photojournalism' category

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'Hope' by Francis Pérez came third in the 'Documentary and Photojournalism' categoryCredit: Francis Pérez/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'Desert Ice', by Christian Pondella, came 2nd in the Sport in Action category

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'Desert Ice', by Christian Pondella, came 2nd in the Sport in Action categoryCredit: Christian Pondella/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'Benediction', by Amirmahdi Najafloo Shahpar, was nominated in the 'Journeys and Adventures Remarkable Artwork' category

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'Benediction', by Amirmahdi Najafloo Shahpar, was nominated in the 'Journeys and Adventures Remarkable Artwork' categoryCredit: Amirmahdi Najafloo Shahpar/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

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Luca Venturi, the founder and art director of the Siena Photo Festival, said: “A few years ago we started this adventure in order to bind a uniquely beautiful and historic city like Siena with a photo festival and contest: the Siena International Photo Awards.

“In these six years our project has become, year by year, a highly anticipated event appreciated worldwide.

“We are happy that our dream has been enthusiastically supported since the beginning, both by the local authorities in Siena and private partners, without whom we couldn't have started this adventure."

El Cordón Caulle II by Francisco Negroni was nominated in 'The Beauty of Nature' category

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El Cordón Caulle II by Francisco Negroni was nominated in 'The Beauty of Nature' categoryCredit: Francisco Negroni/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

Riccardo Marchegiani's 'Utopia' took home the prize in the Under 20 category

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Riccardo Marchegiani's 'Utopia' took home the prize in the Under 20 categoryCredit: Marchegiani/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'Koichi Omae' by Silvia Alessi scooped the prize for 'Fascination Faces and Characters'

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'Koichi Omae' by Silvia Alessi scooped the prize for 'Fascination Faces and Characters'Credit: Silvia Alessi/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

'Sub Zero' by Tobias Friedrich took home the prize for 'The Beauty of Nature'

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'Sub Zero' by Tobias Friedrich took home the prize for 'The Beauty of Nature'Credit: Tobias Friedrich/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News

Church Ceiling Concrete by Barbara Schmidt came 2nd in the 'Architecture and Urban Spaces' category

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Church Ceiling Concrete by Barbara Schmidt came 2nd in the 'Architecture and Urban Spaces' categoryCredit: Barbara Schmidt/Siena Photo Awards/Triangle News
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