20 powerful, award-winning photos that will make you fall in love with the world

20 powerful, award-winning photos that will make you fall in love with the world

 

sipa 2017The 2017 SIPA Photo of the Year. Courtesy Siena International Photo Awards

Every year, the Siena International Photo Awards brings together the best photographers from around the world to share their perspectives of some of the most beautiful, striking places on Earth. The winner receives €1,500 (about $1,750) worth of photography equipment and the esteemed Pangea Prize.

The images range from stunning landscapes to subtle portraits and dramatic encounters in the animal kingdom in categories such as nature, sports, travel, and architecture, as well as a student division for up-and-coming photographers under the age of 20.

Here are some of our favorite images from this year's contest. You can check out last year's winners here.

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PHOTO OF THE YEAR: "Sand Hill Cranes" by Randy Olson

" This photograph harkens back to a time when the USA had braided streams and plenty of space for the Sand Hill Crane migration. Now, only a small area of the Platte River in Nebraska can accommodate all of them. Volunteers at the Crane Trust counted 413,000 Sandhill Cranes on this evening… more than they've ever counted before. These cranes are running out of habitat in most of their migration that goes from Siberia to South America."

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