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Conflict photos and devastating wildfires win in the All About Photo Awards 2022

All Photo Awards 2022
Afghanistan’s air force is a rare U.S.-backed success story. It may soon fail. (Image credit: Marcus Yam - All Photo Award 2022)

The All About Photo Awards is a contest that recognizes the best single images from photographers all over the world and this year's winners have just been announced. A total of $10,000 worth of prize money has been awarded to the photographers that stood out most to the judges for their unique perspectives and powerful photos of current issues. 

In first place was the American photojournalist Marcus Yam (opens in new tab) for his image: Afghanistan’s air force is a rare U.S.- backed success story. It may soon fail. The Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent is no stranger to shooting unrest and conflict, and his photo of a man looking out of a helicopter won him $5,000 cash. 

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Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty (opens in new tab) received $2,000 for coming second place with his image Kebabiyana. The photo of a street food vendor in Kashmir, India surrounded by smoke also scooped the top prize in the 2022 Pink Lady Food Photographer Awards (opens in new tab) so it's been a year of great success for Chakraborty. 

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Kebabiyana - Second place (Image credit: Debdatta Chakraborty - All Photo Award 2022)

Third, fourth and fifth place winners were awarded $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively. Greek photographer Konstantinos Tsakalidis (opens in new tab) came third with Woman from Evia. The photo features a devastated Panagiota Ritsopi, an 81-year-old elderly woman whose home in the village of Gouves was destroyed when wildfires swept through Crete in 2021. 

A black and white image of a man riding a horse taken by Landry Major took fourth place and Rebecca Moseman came fifth with another black and white portrait of a girl with braids. Overall 41 winners were selected from 21 different countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Italy, Hong Kong and Spain. 

The competition was judged by a panel of 7 industry-leading experts and world-class photographers who were looking for up-and-coming photographers as well as experienced professionals.

All 41 winners can be seen on the AllAboutPhotos.com winner's gallery (opens in new tab) and will be featured in a new print edition of All About Photo, AAP Magazine.

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Woman from Evia -  Third place (Image credit: Konstantinos Tsakalidis - All Photo Award 2022)

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Racing the Storm - Fourth place (Image credit: Landry Major - All About Photo Awards 2022)

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Alesha - Fifth place (Image credit: Rebecca Moseman - All About Photo Awards 2022)

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Connors brothers (Image credit: Joseph Philippe - All About Photo Awards 2022)

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Air (Image credit: Daria Troitskaia - All About Photo Awards 2022)

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Songline No.1 (Image credit: Roland Blum - All About Photo Awards 2022)

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Looking over (Image credit: David Baghdasaryan - All About Photo Awards 2022)

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Gel Doy (Image credit: Dovlet Annayev)

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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.