INCREDIBLE PHOTOS FROM SIENA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

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The 2018 Siena International Photo Awards has received 48,000 submissions from 156 countries, and the judges have had an incredibly hard time deciding the winners. Nonetheless, the winners have been decided, and just like in 2017 and 2016, their images show just how diverse our beautiful world really is.

Scroll down to see some of this year’s amazing “Animals in their Environment” submissions,

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PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Mather LOCATION: Alaska's North Slope (USA)

PHOTO CREDIT: Peter Mather LOCATION: Alaska's North Slope (USA)

“I encountered this fox scavenging a Caribou's carcass on the coastal plains of Alaska's Arctic. I spent two hours slowly approaching it until I took this picture from six feet away, as she finished her meal. It was a surreal and unforgettable experience and a rare opportunity to be accepted into a wild animal's existence for a few special hours”

PHOTO CREDIT: Marco Gaiotti LOCATION:  : Gunung Leuser National Park (Indonesia)

PHOTO CREDIT: Marco Gaiotti LOCATION: : Gunung Leuser National Park (Indonesia)

“A wild Sumatran orangutan in Gunung Leuser National Park, in Northern Sumatra. This species is critically endangered according to the IUCN red list, due to habitat loss, as a consequence of palm oil exploitation and logging. Less than 3,500 orangutans still survive in the wild. We found this big male while hiking into the primary forest, and after initial mistrust, it became confident allowing me to take some wide-angle shots.”

PHOTO CREDIT:  Andrew Peacock LOCATION: Ross Sea (Antarctica)

PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Peacock LOCATION: Ross Sea (Antarctica)

“A small group of Emperor Penguins huddles near a crack in an ice floe, in a pristine area of the Southern Ocean adjacent to Antarctica, known as the Ross Sea.”

PHOTO CREDIT:  Audun Rikardsen LOCATION: Skjervoy (Norway)

PHOTO CREDIT: Audun Rikardsen LOCATION: Skjervoy (Norway)

“A killer whale emerges on the surface while hunting in an Arctic Norwegian fjord during the polar night.

PHOTO CREDIT: Khaichuin Sim LOCATION:  Masai Mara National Park (Kenya)

PHOTO CREDIT: Khaichuin Sim LOCATION: Masai Mara National Park (Kenya)

“I was taking an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara National Park, searching for the Great Migration, when I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The backlight from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead.

PHOTO CREDIT:  Milo Angelo Ramella LOCATION: Canada

PHOTO CREDIT: Milo Angelo Ramella LOCATION: Canada

“A snowy owl takes flight alarmed by the call of another female. This species gives particular care to protecting its own hunting territory.”

PHOTO CREDIT:  Arnfinn Johansen

PHOTO CREDIT: Arnfinn Johansen

PHOTO CREDIT: Matteo Visconti

PHOTO CREDIT: Matteo Visconti