Awards 2022

The Unsplash Awards celebrate the thousands of contributors who gift their work and push creativity forward every day. And now, the wait is over — it’s time for us to recognize the finalists from this year.

This year’s prize is sponsored by Bluescape.

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Alex Shuper

Liepaja, Latvia — Blender 3.2
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2022

This entry stood out to me due to its storytelling, mix of organic and hard surfaces, all wrapped in a realistic lighting in an intriguing environment. I want to see what the rest of this world looks like.”

Pablo Vazquez
Head of Design and Communications — Blender

Yifei Wong

Shanghai, China — Fuji SP-3000
Selected in
Architecture & Interiors
Unsplash Awards 2022

This photo is able to capture everything that architecture embodies, a domestic image where light, matter and context are present. The light and grain of the film produce a special atmosphere.”

David Basulto
Founder & Director — Arch Daily

Mark McNeill

Lancashire, England — Nikon Z7
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2022

This image caught my attention because it took me a split second to understand what I was seeing. The photographer’s creative use of shadow allows the viewer to use their imagination to picture the world outside of the frame. It’s beautiful, creative and simple.”

Viviane Labelle
Concept Creator — Nike


San Jose, United States — Sony A7 III
Selected in
Current Events
Unsplash Awards 2022

When I look at this image, I feel happy, it makes me smile. It says to me that people should stand tall, express, and be proud of who they are, whatever sexuality, and that the world should come together, and see this too. It is an uplifting picture.”

Freddie Sloan
Creative Director — HELLO! Magazine
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2022

Nantu Das’ striking image captures a tender, deeply spiritual moment, in an exquisite composition heavy with mystery and glowing with a luminous palette.”

Dr. Manel Torres
Founder & Managing Director — Fabrican Limited

Simeon Asenov

Canon EOS 700D
Selected in
Fashion & Beauty
Unsplash Awards 2022

I liked this image not only for the lighting but also because of the way the photography conveys the idea of motion. The visual allows you to completely appreciate the fashion statement whilst the mix of the sharp focus on the subject with the soft focus at the bottom it allows you to really feel the movement. I thought that was a very surprising and unique combination of its author’s photographic skills and POV.”

Daniela Paudice
International Creative Fashion Director — Vogue Singapore
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2022

This is my favourite photo because it fits with the nostalgic feel of film for me. I grew up near southend-on-sea so a lot of my childhood was spent by the seaside on these types of fairgrounds. The colours of this emulsion are also perfect for this type of photo. For me, it all takes me back to my childhood.”

Karen Freer
Marketing Manager — Analogue Wonderland
Selected in
Food & Drink
Unsplash Awards 2022

This image encompasses great technique, detailed staging, and a very impressive concept, which makes it hard to understand how the shot was pulled off! It turned an everyday task, such as pouring your coffee, into a total masterpiece.”

Sana Javeri Kadri
Founder & CEO — Diaspora Co.
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2022

This image has a softness to it created by the texture of the clouds, giving it an almost dreamlike quality. The trees in the foreground and the elevated vantage point provide a unique perspective. The gradient of colors from deep blue to light orange draw the viewer’s eyes across the image. Overall, the end result is nice to look at.”

Josh Raab
Head of Instagram & TikTok — National Geographic

Marcos Paulo Prado

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Canon, EOS 6D
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2022

This beautifully captured image is a poignant reminder of how sporting events (large and small) bring many communities and people together. While altinha is not quite the same as football, it is still a reminder of those friendly connections made around any game of ball. The image has a lot of hallmarks of Neoclassical painting compositions such as the groupings of three, emotive body language, ball placement, and dramatic lighting. Remarkable for a captured image, creating an overall sense of anticipation and excitement that is palpable.”

Jed Tallo
Art Director — Jed Tallo Studio

Jerrin James

Toronto, Canada — Fujifilm X-T30 II
Selected in
Street Photography
Unsplash Awards 2022

There is something intriguing about the juxtaposition of a melancholy character all alone on a bright sunny day. It makes me want to learn more about him. Where’s he headed? Or where is he coming from? Beautiful shot.”

Emma Davidson
Fashion Features Director — Dazed
Selected in
Community Photo of the Year
Unsplash Awards 2022

"The composition has a supernatural feeling, it creates a moment of calm and peacefulness in this world of chaos that we’re living in right now." — Nominted by Simone Hutsch

We asked the community to vote for the most impactful image of 2022. The votes are in — congratulations to Leandra Rieger whose image is this year’s Photo of the Year.”

And that’s a wrap! 🎉

A massive thank you to everyone that took the time to submit to the 6th edition of the Unsplash Awards, and huge congratulations to all of the extremely talented finalists and shortlisted contributors this year.

A special thank you to our incredible Judges and to this year's sponsor, Bluescape, for helping make it so special.

See you next year 👋

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