Portuguese photographer André Boto has won the title of overall winner of the 2022 edition of the Creative Photo Awards, the competition dedicated to artistic and creative photography at the Siena Awards. The image shines the spotlight on pollution in a clever and thought-provoking way.
“Pollution is a real problem that affects us all,” says Boto about his image titled ‘The False illusion’. “There are often attempts to camouflage or minimize this problem,” he continues, “the big manufacturing companies and the powers that be try to hide an issue that is real and brings sequels, creating the illusion that it is a distant problem, but in fact, we are already facing it today and leave with a great disadvantage to solve it at this moment.”
The awards attracted thousands of entries from 128 different countries across 17 different categories. The images range from very abstract and conceptual to fine art and digital manipulation. I was intrigued by many of the entries, not just the winning images. Below are a few of my own favourites from the finalists.
Alexander Sviridov, Toronto (Canada)
Marc Sabat, Finland
Nenad Martic, Zagreb, Croatia
Amber Griffin, Wellington, New Zealand
Maryam Sadat Ahmadi, Iran
“Golden Retriever Chasing Beach Ball”
Clemens Van Der Werf, Florida, USA
Alireza Sahebi, Iran
Marcel Van Balken, Netherlands
“Spaghetti Stylist 3”
Yuliy Vasilev, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Ahmad Kaddourah, Abudhabi City (UAE)
Jada + David Parrish, Richmond VA, USA
“Ocean of Corks”
Daniel West, South Africa
“As above so below”
Henry Do, Barcelona, Spain
The winning photos can be seen on the website and will be exhibited at the Siena Awards Festival in the Tuscan city of Siena from October 1st to November 20th, 2022.