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All About Photo is delighted to announce this year's winners of All About Photo Awards 2022, recognizing the best single images from photographers around the world.

Visionary photographers from around the world, both professional and amateur, shared their unique perspectives and competed for international recognition as the next "Photographer of the Year," $10,000 in cash prizes and publication in the printed magazine “Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2022’

A panel of 7 expert jurors, including Ian Berry (Photographer, Magnum Photos), Paula Tognarelli (Executive Director and Curator Griffin Museum of Photography), Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA), Manfred Baumann (Leica Photographer), Tom Price (Photographer, Winner All About Photo Awards 2021), Giuseppe Oliverio (Founder and Director PHmuseum) , and Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo) have evaluated thousands of entries from all over the world.

Now in its 7th year, All About Photo Awards - The Mind’s Eye has become a reference for discovering new talents and celebrating outstanding photographers. The jurors selected 41 winners who come from 21 different countries and across 4 continents.

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The winner and Photographer of the Year 2022 is Marcus Yam (USA) with his image “Afghanistan’s air force is a rare U.S.-backed success story. It may soon fail.” The beautiful composition and masterful lighting give an exceptional depth to the portrait of this soldier looking out through the window of his helicopter. We can sense concern, tiredness and disbelief just by looking at his face. We were struck by its quality and the powerful story it had to tell.

Marcus Yam explains: "A soldier surveys the terrain out of the window of a UH-60 Black Hawk during a resupply flight toward an outpost in the Shah Wali Kot district north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 6, 2021. The Afghan Air Force, which the U.S. and its partners have nurtured to the tune of $8.5 billion since 2010, is now the government's safeguard in its fight against the enemy. Since May 1, the original deadline for the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban have overpowered government troops, wrestling away control of territories and further denying Afghan security forces the use of roads. As a result, all logistical support to thousands of outposts and checkpoints - including re-supplies of ammunition and food, medical evacuations or personnel rotation - must be done by air."

The second-place winner is Debdatta Chakraborty (India), the third-place winner is Konstantinos Tsakalidis (Greece), the fourth-place winner is Landry Major (United States), and the fifth-place winner is Rebecca Moseman (United States).

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For this 7th edition of All About Photo Awards - The Min'd Eye, we received more than 4200 images from 480 photographers all around the world. It is fascinating to discover so many photographers with such different backgrounds and stories.

The final selection reflects images documenting events and highlighting current issues; however, unlike 2021, this year’s submissions overall seem less emotional and more focused on aesthetics. Both winning images by Marcus Yam and Konstantinos Tsakalidis are of conflict and unrest, but many of the other scenes seem almost idyllic, though often times when you look closer, there was something else happening in the frame that was anything but perfect.

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The Third-Place Winner Is Konstantinos Tsakalidis (Greece) With His Image "Woman From Evia"

The Third-Place Winner Is Konstantinos Tsakalidis (Greece) With His Image "Woman From Evia"

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It was fascinating to see the differences between last year's submissions and winners and this year's. The first incarnation of the contest brought mostly b&w images, many that were reminiscent of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the great street photographers of the last century, lyrical images captured on film or at least in grayscale, images that tipped their hats to the namesake of the competition (The Mind's Eye is an essay by Cartier-Bresson).

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There were also fewer images of death due to COVID 19 and wars, despite a world still in turmoil. Images were more peaceful and even funny in many cases. Drone photography is also more and more popular among photographers as well as images of our planet and its wildlife.

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The Second-Place Winner Is Debdatta Chakraborty (India) With His Image "Kebabiyana"

The Second-Place Winner Is Debdatta Chakraborty (India) With His Image "Kebabiyana"

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Each time, it is not an easy task to select the winners as there are a lot of wonderful submissions. We try to select those images that best reflect the theme and demonstrate a unique perspective of photography.

If you'd like to see our other posts featuring winning images from previous awards, you can do that by clicking here and here.

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The Fifth-Place Winner Is Rebecca Moseman (United States) With Her Image Alesha From The Series "Irish Travelers, The Forgotten People"

The Fifth-Place Winner Is Rebecca Moseman (United States) With Her Image Alesha From The Series "Irish Travelers, The Forgotten People"

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The Winner And Photographer Of The Year 2022 Is Marcus Yam (USA) With His Image “Afghanistan's Air Force Is A Rare U.S.-Backed Success Story. It May Soon Fail.”

The Winner And Photographer Of The Year 2022 Is Marcus Yam (USA) With His Image “Afghanistan's Air Force Is A Rare U.S.-Backed Success Story. It May Soon Fail.”

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The Last Of The Mohicans © Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra

The Last Of The Mohicans © Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra

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Migration © Alessandro Malaguti

Migration © Alessandro Malaguti

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The Fourth-Place Winner Landry Major (United States) With Her Image Racing The Storm From The Series "Keepers Of The West"

The Fourth-Place Winner Landry Major (United States) With Her Image Racing The Storm From The Series "Keepers Of The West"

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Inmates Look Out Of A Cell From The Series 'Sin Salida (No Way Out)' © Tariq Zaid

Inmates Look Out Of A Cell From The Series 'Sin Salida (No Way Out)' © Tariq Zaid

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damaged people, damaged by a damaged system driven by a corrupt few ..... Very sad.

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Muay Thai Kids © Alain Schroeder

Muay Thai Kids © Alain Schroeder

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Sleeping On Boat © Anindita Roy

Sleeping On Boat © Anindita Roy

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this one! its so smart how its all the brown boats and then the beautiful blue

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Connors Brothers, Irish Travellers, Wexford, Ireland 2021 From The Series 'Irish Travellers (A.k.a. Mincéirs) ' © Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

Connors Brothers, Irish Travellers, Wexford, Ireland 2021 From The Series 'Irish Travellers (A.k.a. Mincéirs) ' © Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

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Jabari From The Series 'Sacred Bodies: Black Bodies And The Divine' © Kelly-Ann Bobb

Jabari From The Series 'Sacred Bodies: Black Bodies And The Divine' © Kelly-Ann Bobb

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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love me some straw hats. Maybe not as much as that though x)

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Before The Waterfall From The Series "Persistence Of Family" © Diana Cheren Nygren

Before The Waterfall From The Series "Persistence Of Family" © Diana Cheren Nygren

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Dowry Transportation. Olympos, Karpathos Island, Dodecanese, Greece From The Series 'Caryatis' © George Tatakis

Dowry Transportation. Olympos, Karpathos Island, Dodecanese, Greece From The Series 'Caryatis' © George Tatakis

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Bartender At Dead Rabbits From The Series 'Baikal Blues (Irkutsk, Russia 20210 © Arthur Bauer

Bartender At Dead Rabbits From The Series 'Baikal Blues (Irkutsk, Russia 20210 © Arthur Bauer

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Looking Over © David Baghdasaryan

Looking Over © David Baghdasaryan

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Jousting With The Dragon Swarm From The Series 'The Honey Hunters' © Eric Seidner

Jousting With The Dragon Swarm From The Series 'The Honey Hunters' © Eric Seidner

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Arms Fair Armoured Car Models © Philip Coburn

Arms Fair Armoured Car Models © Philip Coburn

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Note: this post originally had 40 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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