Soak up the arts (and wine!) at the Siena Art Photo Travel Festival

November is a massive month in Siena, Italy! The month-long Siena Art Photo Travel Festival will bring a flood of celebrations, workshops, seminars, conferences, and guided tours on all things arts and photography.

The bedecked festival opened on October 29 with a much-anticipated awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Siena International Photo Awards. With over 50,000 entries from over 100 countries, the SIPA Awards are some of the highest ranked honors a photographer can win, and the winning entries will be exhibited all over Siena throughout the festival.

The winning entry for Photographer of The Year:

SIENA PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016 Greg Lecoeur (FRANCIA) "SARDINE RUN"

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The winner in Open Monochrome Category. Marcin Ryczek photographs the Grunwald Bridge in Krakow, Poland:

Danny Yen Sin Wong (Malaysia) takes home the award for the Open Color Category. Wong photographs a woman making fishing nets in Vietnam: 

Leyla Emektar (Turkey), winner of the Travel category, photographs a woman walking in a field of colorful greenhouses for strawberries in Turkey.

Other stunning winners: 

For programming details and exhibition lists, check out the festival's official website:

Siena is often dubbed Italy's most beautiful medieval city. The city's central Piazza del Campo, enclosed and framed by the most important buildings of the city, is enhanced by the elegance of the Mangia Tower and the imposing architecture of the thirteenth-century Town Hall Palace. Climbing up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. Built between 1215 and 1263 the Duomo cathedral one of Siena's greatest Gothic buildings. 

Siena is also home to four UNESCO world heritage sites that offer extraordinary beauty, in terms of vineyards, olive groves, forests and natural reserves dotted with castles, churches and medieval villages still intact. This extraordinary southern part of Tuscany offers famous hilly areas such as Chianti, well known for its excellent wines, villages, parishes, castles and precious vineyards; clay areas and moon-like landscapes with as the Crete Senesi, and the Val d’Orcia valleys covered with sunflowers, sheep strolling around and picturesque medieval villages such as Pienza and Montalcino where the Brunello wine is produced.

Immerse yourself in this fall's most anticipated arts, travel, and photography festival! (And drink up all that Italian wine)

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