Selected from thousands of entries, a nature photo that incredibly captured lightning strikes and a flock of cranes in motion on the Ogallala Aquifer near Wood River, Nebraska, U.S.A., has been selected as the overall winner of the 2017 Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) contest. The photo, titled, “Sandhill Cranes”, was shot by renowned National Geographic photographer Randy Olson.
The American photographer beat entrants from over 161 countries to scoop the title of SIPA Contest Photographer of the Year 2017. The winning images in the contest from non-profit Art Photo Travel were found in ten categories, including travel, people and portrait, nature, wildlife, architecture, sport and more. The jury awarded prizes to 48 photographers from 37 countries, showing amazing images from around the world. Here are some more of those award winning images: