Striking street shot from Iran wins top prize of 2022 ColorPro Award

Nov 25, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Striking street shot from Iran wins top prize of 2022 ColorPro Award

Nov 25, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award

A striking minimal street shot with contrasting warm and cool tones has won the coveted 2022 ColorPro Award. The first prize photograph by Alireza Bagheri Sani from Iran is titled “No.3” and creates a serene and simple image. The image is carefully executed to highlight the different door colors and architectural nuances.

This year’s theme was “Breakthrough.” As the world seeks full recovery from the pandemic, “Breakthrough” represents overcoming an obstacle and permission for further progress, says the Award website. Two times more submissions and three times more countries participated in the contest over the previous year, with artists from 139 countries submitting 11,165 artworks. Take a look at the top 10 winning images below.

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1st Place
“No.3” by Alireza Bagheri Sani, Iran

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
The older adult symbolizes long life, and the yellow color in number 3 represents hope. Minimalism, surrealism, and street photography are all wrapped up into one seemingly simple image at first glance. However, the changing size of the doors, the central positioning of the subject, and the pop of yellow ensure the image doesn’t become flattened. Creativity doesn’t always have to be loud.

2nd Place

“Unfazed” by Callie Chee Yuen Mun, Australia

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
The photographer ventured into Kyrgyzstan in search of eagle hunters skilled in their hunts and horsemanship. He wanted a never-done-before shot, a breakthrough perspective of the horsemen and eagle that is able to demonstrate the speed and control of the rider-animal dynamics. He lay flat on the ground (with no protection) and waited for the horses to gallop and jump very close and over him.

3rd Place

“The Priest” by Andrea Peruzzi, Italy

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
Illuminated by the sun’s golden light, the elderly priest stops on the narrow and dangerous path that, overlooking the valley and along the rocky wall of the mountain, leads to the 12th-century rock church, of which he has been the guardian for 60 years. This Orthodox church, carved into the rock atop a mountain in northern Ethiopia, houses frescoes of biblical stories and ancient relics handed down to the present day.

4th Place
“Flair” by Rhon Paolo C. Velarde, Philippines

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
Marco is a Paralympic athlete competing for his province to join the International Olympics representing the Philippines. The photo captures the positivity of a person in the face of adversity and the pursuit of his dreams, a breakthrough that inspires us all.

5th Place
“Two worlds” by Viktor Lyagushkin, Georgia

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
The diver dives into the freezing waters of the White Sea through the ice hole onto the top of the Beluga Whale Rock covered with tousle of laminaria seaweed. The support person holds a rope in her hands to help the diver to find her way home. We live on dry land, which is just one-third of our planet; two-thirds of the surface is covered with water. I hope humans will not only explore but find a sustainable way to live in harmony with the environment and nature.

6th Place
“Above the clouds” by Marleen Kuijpers, Netherlands

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
Last year, I took this photo in Grindelwald, located in the Swiss Alps. The drone hovers above me and what I see on my screen sums up the whole moment. A breakthrough moment because everything can change in one day. A breakthrough moment because you suddenly feel so free and small, standing there above the clouds and on top of the world. Every time I look at this photo, that feeling comes back—one of the happiest moments of my life.

7th Place
“Well Of Death” by Siddharth Kaneria, India

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
The “Well Of Death” is a junction of life and death & breakthroughs are inevitable in the space between those two phenomena. This photograph is of Daredevil Stuntmen at a “Well Of Death” performing in their car. Hundreds of spectators are always found crowding around a circular pit to witness daredevil drivers in cars & motorcycles performing stunts in a vertical pit. The human capacity to evolve and survive in the name of an adrenaline rush was just a fraction of what my camera and I witnessed as we captured this moment. A daredevil stuntman is collecting his livelihood perched on a moving car as he flirts with the idea of gravity being faithful.

8th Place
“Take Me with You” by Craig Boliver, United States of America

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
This last year, I’ve tried to hone in on this style of launch photography. This specific shot feels great to showcase the NASA Crew4 launch over Indialantic Beach. SpaceX Crew Dragon w/ a Falcon9 booster at 3:52 am, capturing a full 5:00 minute exposure time. The composition has been sitting in my head for quite a while but had been waiting for everything to line up correctly.

9th Place
“Free to Love” by Rita Miranda, Portugal

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
The struggle for LGBT rights is old and far from over. People continue to die for simply having a different sexual orientation from the norm imposed by society or for identifying with another gender. These LGBT pride marches need to keep happening so that these people are not afraid to express their love freely.

10th Place
“Abyss” by Dominic Beaven, United Kingdom

These are the top 10 Winners of the 2022 ColorPro Award
Remote photography changed this and has been a massive ‘breakthrough’ in the world of portrait and studio photography. My shot ‘Abyss’ was taken during the lockdown period. It was shot at a venue called Tankspace, a ‘breakthrough’ in underwater photography. I had complete control of both camera and lighting settings via screen sharing and could communicate with the model via video conference.

ViewSonic will host two award ceremonies and exhibitions to showcase these winning artworks. The events will be held in London, the United Kingdom, from Nov. 25th to Nov. 26th, and in Taipei, Taiwan, from Dec. 9th to Dec. 11th. The company will also host workshops and ColorPro Talks during the exhibition to foster more interaction between creators and visitors. You can also see the top 100 entries here.

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Alex Baker

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Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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