(ANSA) - SIENA, OCTOBER 21 - Turkish photographer Mehmet Aslancon takes the shot 'Hardship of Life', the absolute winner of the Siena international photo awards (Sipa) 2021. The announcement today on the occasion of the presentation conference of the Siena awards, ilfestival dedicated to the visual arts scheduled from 23 October to 5 December in Siena and its surroundings: the program of exhibitions is rich, special guest will be the American photojournalist Steve Winter with 'Big Cats', the largest retrospective ever made on him.
The image of Aslan, with a strong emotional and emotional impact, comes from the district of Reyhanli, in the Turkish province of Hatays located on the border with Syria. It portrays a man without a leg, lost due to a bomb, while he takes in his arms the son without lower and upper limbs following a malformation caused by the assumption of drugs by his mother who was also affected by nerve gas during the war.
The photo was selected by the jury from among tens of thousands of images submitted by photographers from 163 countries. The image, together with those of the winners of the 12 categories into which the Sipa is divided, will be the subject of one of the Sienaawards exhibitions: the Covid category will also be introduced, won by the Spanish photographer Brais Lorenzo Couto with Birthday, a photo taken inside a house of cure in Ourense, Galicia.
In addition to Winter, the festival will give space to the works of many other major international objectives: from Brent Stirton, icon of photojournalism with a monographic exhibition set up in the cultural center La Tinaia in Sovicille, to collective exhibitions that will bring together extraordinary shots and videos arriving from all over the world, awarded in three competitions promoted by the Siena Awards (precisely the Sipa and then Creative photo awards and Drone photoawards) up to two exhibitions spread in Siena and Sovicille.