Climate Change-Themed Image Wins the 2022 Creative Photo Awards

The false illusion of André Boto

The international visual arts festival, the Siena Awards, has announced the winners of its 2022 Creative Photo Awards, which celebrate the best in artistic and contemporary photography.

The Creative Photo Awards are one of many contests organized by the Siena Awards and feature winners in 17 categories. Photographers from 128 countries submitted their entries and competed for the coveted title of Photographer of the Year.

Each winning category photo will be exhibited at the Siena Awards Festival, to be held in the Tuscan city from October 1 to November 20, 2022, alongside successful photos from the Siena International Photo Awards and the Drone Photo Awards.

Photographer of the year 2022

The photo of André Boto, entitled “The false illusion”, presented above, earned the title of big winner of the competition. The photo was taken in Montijo, Portugal, with the aim of highlighting the global problem of pollution, an often underestimated problem even though it affects everyone on the planet.

Below are all of the winners in the remaining categories.


Maternity by Ana Joveva

Macedonian photographer Ana Joveva was crowned winner in the Abstract category with her image ‘Motherhood’, taken in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

food and drinks

Fish, you can! by Yuli Vasilev

Inviting the use of fresh, genuine products rather than canned goods, Bulgarian photographer Yuliy Vasilev’s photo “Fish, You Can!” won in this food-themed category.


Swallow by Tania Barrenetxea

Tania Barrenetxea from Spain expressed her feelings of anxiety and the all-consuming sense of emotional overwhelm in her photo ‘Swallow’, which won in the Conceptual category.

Nature & Landscape

Fenqiang Liu Secret Garden

Chinese photographer Fenqiang (Frank) Liu won the Nature and Landscape category with “Secret Garden,” a photo taken at Kraft Azalea Garden, Florida, of a white heron taking flight from an oak tree.


The Death of Marat by Du Yi

Du Yi, from China, succeeded in the Nudes category with the “playful” and “ironic” photo, “The Death of Marat”.


Arrivo della Sposa by Damiano Salvadori

The winning photo, ‘Arrivo della Sposa’, by Italian photographer Damiano Salvadori, captures the range of emotions felt by the groom as he waits for his bride-to-be to walk down the aisle.


White Door by Ahmad Kaddourah

Palestinian photographer Ahmad Kaddourah won the Architecture category with his photo titled “White Door”. The concept of the image was to illustrate the universal symbol of entry and exit in all cultures of the world.


Hope by Pedro Jarque Krebs

Pedro Jarque Krebs won first place in the Animals/Pets category for the third consecutive year, this time with a photo dedicated to a baby gorilla born at Madrid Zoo.


Aram by Alireza Sahebi

“Aram” by Iranian photographer Alireza Sahebi was the winning photo in the Portrait category. The image was taken with the aim of focusing the gaze on the subject’s face through certain precautions, such as removing clothing from the body, emphasizing freckles and using green as a symbol of nature.

Still life

Flowers and Birds by Budi Gunawan

The winning photo by Budi Gunawan, from Indonesia, “Flowers and Bird”, shows a sunbird caught in flight on a vase full of flowers, symbolizing the beauty of nature.


Just in Time by Jo Howell

In the Experimental category, Australian photographer Jo Howell succeeded with the winning entry, “Just in Time. The photo shows an image with “obvious geometric overtones that reinforce the ants’ impressive ability to interact socially”.

Open theme

Gregory is gone by Horst Kistner

The photo, titled ‘Gregory’s Gone’, by German photographer Horst Kistner, was awarded the Open theme winning title. The image is a dedication to the meeting between Edward Hopper and Gregory Crewdson, who is one of Kistner’s favorite photographers.


Heart-shaped wing by Du Yi

Du Yi, who also won the Nudes category, also won the Beauty title with a “Heart-Shaped Wing” photo.


Magical Girl by Abolfazl Jafarian

Iranian photographer Adolfazi Jafarian, passionate about black and white portraits, won the Fashion category with “Magical Girl”.


The Way of the Erhu by Cheraine Collette

“The Way of the Erhu” is a self-portrait by Dutch photographer Cheraine Collette. She won the category with a photo depicting the Erhu, a traditional Mongolian stringed instrument.


i-8 wheel by Karine Faby

French photographer Karine Faby’s close-up of the body and front wheel of a BMW i9, titled ‘i8 Wheel’, won the Product category.

All winners and runners-up in each of the 17 categories of this year’s competition can be found on the competition website.

Picture credits: All photos are individually credited and provided courtesy of Siena Awards.

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