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