All About Photo 2022 Awards the Top Single Images of the Year

Marcus Yam, Afghanistan

All About Photo has announced the winners of its 2022 competition that recognizes the best single images from photographers around the world.

All About Photo, founded in 2013, publishes a monthly online magazine and calls itself one of the more far-reaching online and promises to provide readers everything they would need to know that is related to photography. The publication says it also seeks to present exceptional work from around the world as well as meaningful resources.

The organization welcomes both professionals and amateurs to enter their unique perspectives into its competition and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and international recognition as the Photographer of the Year, now in its seventh year.

This year, a panel of seven judges — Ian Berry (Photographer, Magnum Photos), Paula Tognarelli (Executive Director and Curator Griffin Museum of Photography), Ann Jastrab (Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA), Manfred Baumann (Leica Photographer), Tom Price (Photographer, Winner All About Photo Awards 2021), Giuseppe Oliverio (Founder and Director PHmuseum) , and Sandrine Hermand-Grisel (Photographer, Founder & Editor of All About Photo) — evaluated thousands of entries from all over the world and selected 41 winners from 21 different countries and four continents.

The publication says that the final selection of images reflect on and highlight current issues, but unlike last year’s competition, this year’s submissions “seem less emotional and more focused on aesthetics.”

First Place

The overall winning image was photographed by Marcus Yam for his photo above titled, Afghanistan’s air force is a rare U.S.-backed success story. It may soon fail.

Yam has received widespread acclaim for his photos of the United States leaving Afghanistan, including a Pulitzer.

Yam describes the winning photo:

A soldier surveys the terrain out of the window of a UH-60 Black Hawk during a resupply flight toward an outpost in the Shah Wali Kot district north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 6, 2021. The Afghan Air Force, which the U.S. and its partners have nurtured to the tune of $8.5 billion since 2010, is now the government’s safeguard in its fight against the enemy. Since May 1, the original deadline for the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban have overpowered government troops, wrestling away control of territories and further denying Afghan security forces the use of roads. As a result, all logistical support to thousands of outposts and checkpoints — including re-supplies of ammunition and food, medical evacuations or personnel rotation — must be done by air.

Second Place

Second place was presented to Debdatta Chakraborty for the image Kebabiyana:


The photo was taken at Sri Nagar, Jammu and Kashmir, in India on February 14, 2021.

Third Place

This place was awarded to Konstantinos Tsakalidis for the photo below titled Woman from Evia.

Tsakalidis describes the photo as follows:

“I was in the village of Gouves in northern Evia, along with other colleagues, where the fire was heading on the morning of Sunday, August 8. When the fire started to threaten the village, I thought that taking pictures from a distance would not tell the whole story. So, I left the observation point, inside the village, where we could see (along with other media colleagues) how the fire was spreading panoramically and headed to the houses, in order to capture the reactions and preparations of the residents, who had not evacuated the village (as requested by the authorities) so they could protect their village. I thought that if the fire really approached the houses, these would be the images that would most vividly describe the disaster and the consequences of the climate crisis we live in.

“I had intended to leave the place where I was to move my car to a safer place as the fire moved down the hill in the direction of the houses and that was when I saw from a distance a woman dressed in black moving awkwardly outside a house. I approached to see what was happening because it was one of the first houses in front of the forest. I heard her shouting towards the house, looking for her husband. Then she called me into the yard of the house and told me emotionally about all the hard work they had put into their home (which was now in danger of being lost to the fire) and the lack of government intervention to put out the fire, as she was telling me this, the flames swallowed up the pine forest behind the house. That’s the moment I took the picture. That moment was very intense and moving.

“After that, I talked to her neighbors so they would take care of her because she seemed to be losing consciousness and informed them that her husband was still in the back of the house, on the side where the fire was coming.”

Fourth Place

Fourth place was awarded to Landry Major for the below photo Racing the Storm.

4th Place Winner -Landry-Major-RacingTheStorm-

“This image was created in northern Colorado as part of my series Keepers of the West showing the remaining family run ranches in the American west. Over the past four years I have witnessed the strength, determination, and commitment of these families to continue this way of life and pass it on to their children,” Major says.

Fifth Place

Fifth place was presented to Rebecca Moseman for the photo below titled Alesha.


Moseman describes it as follows:

“Alesha, a pre-teen Irish Traveler arrives back from school at Labre Park, her family’s halting site outside of Dublin, Ireland. Labre Park is the oldest traveler halting site in Ireland. Alesha has lived in this halting site her entire life alongside around 20 other Traveler families.”

These and the other winning images can be seen on All About Photo’s winner’s gallery.

Image credits: All photos are individually credited and provided courtesy of All About Photo.