Haaretz Photographer Wins International Prize for This Incredible Shot

Tomer Appelbaum’s photo of an anti-Netanyahu demonstration on Rabin Square has earned him a prestigious Siena Award

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Tomer Appelbaum's drone photo that won him a 2020 Siena Award: Rabin Square during a protest against the Netanyahu government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Tomer Appelbaum's drone photo that won him a 2020 Siena Award: Rabin Square during a protest against the Netanyahu government's handling of the coronavirus crisis. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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Haaretz’s Tomer Appelbaum has won a Siena International Photo Award for his picture of Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square during one of the first Black Flag protests against the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Appelbaum, who was born in 1978 and has been a Haaretz staff member since 2007, won in a new category, Life Under COVID-19.

Empty highways in Dubai during the coronavirus pandemic, a photo by Bachir Moukarzel that featured in the 2020 International Siena Photo Awards.
Empty highways in Dubai during the coronavirus pandemic, a photo by Bachir Moukarzel that featured in the 2020 International Siena Photo Awards.Credit: Bachir Moukarzel
Two grounded airliners during the coronavirus crisis at Avalon Airport near Melbourne, Australia, a picture by Ingrid Hendriksen that competed in the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards.
Two grounded airliners during the coronavirus crisis at Avalon Airport near Melbourne, Australia, a picture by Ingrid Hendriksen that competed in the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards.Credit: Ingrid Hendriksen
The winner in the Urban category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Tomasz Kowalski's shot from above the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The winner in the Urban category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Tomasz Kowalski's shot from above the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Credit: Tomasz Kowalski

His winning drone shot captured the dazzling geometry of social distancing, juxtaposed against the square’s ecological pool and Igael Tumarkin’s Holocaust and Revival memorial – which forms a Star of David when seen from above.

The drone photography competition included categories such as weddings, sports, cities, people and nature. The Siena International Photo Awards were launched in 2014 in Siena, Italy.

Warsaw's deserted Old Town Square during the coronavirus crisis, a photo by Rafal Ganowski that featured in the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards.
Warsaw's deserted Old Town Square during the coronavirus crisis, a photo by Rafal Ganowski that featured in the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards.Credit: Rafal Ganowski
The winner in the nature category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Joseph Cheires' shot of a gray whale passing under a tourist boat.
The winner in the nature category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Joseph Cheires' shot of a gray whale passing under a tourist boat.Credit: Joseph Cheires
The winner for sports at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Roberto Corinaldesi's swimmers in the surf.
The winner for sports at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Roberto Corinaldesi's swimmers in the surf. Credit: Roberto Corinaldesi

Other outstanding photographs in the COVID category included a shot of Warsaw’s deserted Old Town Square, empty highways in Dubai and two grounded airliners at Avalon Airport near Melbourne, Australia.

In the nature category, the top award went to Mexico’s Joseph Cheires, who captured a gray whale passing under a tourist boat. In the animals category, the winner was Russia’s Dmitry Viliunov, who photographed nesting herons.

Tomer Appelbaum's drone photo that won him a 2020 Siena Award: Rabin Square during a protest against the Netanyahu government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Tomer Appelbaum's drone photo that won him a 2020 Siena Award: Rabin Square during a protest against the Netanyahu government's handling of the coronavirus crisis. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
The winner in the animals category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Dmitry Viliunov's nesting herons.
The winner in the animals category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards: Dmitry Viliunov's nesting herons.Credit: Dmitry Viliunov

For sports, the winner was Italy’s Roberto Corinaldesi for his shot of swimmers in the surf.

The top award in the Urban category went to Poland’s Tomasz Kowalski for his shot from above of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – once the world’s tallest buildings.

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