Striking symmetrical portrait celebrating diversity wins Siena Creative Photo Award

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White Beauty – Winner of the Animals category (Image credit: Lurdes Santander)

The Siena Creative Photo Awards competition, dedicated to artistic and creative photography, has crowned Aesthetics from Africa as its overall winner. Taken by Chinese photographer, Frank Zhang, it features the Afro-American model Sonia Barbie Tucker wearing gold bangles and eyeliner, which pop against her dark skin and dark background. It's a stunning tribute to the concept of beauty that highlights global aesthetic diversity through a beautifully lit portrait. 

Photographers from 133 countries entered this year's competition, making it one of the most successful yet. All nine winning images from each category will be displayed at the I Wonder If You Can exhibition at the Magazzini del Sale in Palazzo Pubblico, nestled in the heart of Siena's iconic Piazza del Campo.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.