Climate Change-Themed Image Wins the 2022 Creative Photo Awards

The False Illusion by Andre Boto

The international festival of visual arts, the Siena Awards, has announced the winners of its Creative Photo Awards 2022, which celebrates the best of artistic and contemporary photography.

The Creative Photo Awards are one of several competitions hosted by the Siena Awards and features winners across 17 categories. Photographers from 128 countries submitted their entries and competed for the coveted Photographer of the Year title.

Each winning category photo will be displayed at the Siena Awards Festival, held in the Tuscan city from October 1st to November 20th, 2022, alongside successful entries from Siena International Photo Awards and the Drone Photo Awards.

Photographer of the Year 2022

AndrĂ© Boto’s photo, titled “The False Illusion,” shown above earned the title of the overall winner of the contest. The photo was shot in Montijo, Portugal, with the intention of shining a spotlight on the global issue of pollution — a problem that is often underestimated even though it affects everyone on the planet.

Below are all of the winners of the remaining categories.


Motherhood by Ana Joveva

Macedonian photographer Ana Joveva was crowned the winner of the Abstract category with her image “Motherhood,” Shot in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Food & Beverage

Fish, You Can! by Yuliy Vasilev

With the invitation to use fresh and genuine products instead of canned ones, Bulgarian photographer Yuliy Vasilev’s photo “Fish, You Can!” won in this food-themed category.


Swallow by Tania Barrenetxea

Tania Barrenetxea, from Spain, expressed her feelings of anxiety and the all-consuming feeling of emotional overwhelm in her photo “Swallow,” which won in the Conceptual category.

Nature & Landscape

Secret Garden by Fenqiang Liu

Chinese photographer Fenqiang (Frank) Liu won the Nature & Landscape category with “Secret Garden,” a photo taken in Kraft Azalea Garden, Florida, of a white heron taking flight from an oak tree.


The Death of Marat by Du Yi

Du Yi, from China, succeeded in the Nudes category with the “playful” and “ironic” photo, “The Death of Marat.”


Arrivo della Sposa by Damiano Salvadori

The winning photo, “Arrivo della Sposa,” by Italian photographer Damiano Salvadori captures the range of emotions felt by the groom as he stands waiting for his future wife to walk down the aisle.


White Door by Ahmad Kaddourah

Palestinian photographer Ahmad Kaddourah won the Architecture category with his photo, entitled “White Door.” The concept of the image was to illustrate the universal symbol of entry and exit in all cultures of the world.


Hope by Pedro Jarque Krebs

Pedro Jarque Krebs was awarded first place in the Animals/Pets category for the third consecutive year, this time with a photo dedicated to a small gorilla born at the Madrid Zoo.


Aram by Alireza Sahebi

Iranian photographer Alireza Sahebi’s “Aram” was the winning photo in the Portrait category. The image was shot with the goal of focusing the gaze on the subject’s face through some precautions, such as removing clothes from the body, emphasizing freckles, and using green as a symbol of nature.

Still Life

Flowers and Bird by Budi Gunawan

Budi Gunawan’s, from Indonesia, winning photo “Flowers and Bird” shows a sunbird caught in flight on a vase full of flowers, symbolizing the beauty of nature.


Just in Time by Jo Howell

In the Experimental category, Australian photographer Jo Howell succeeded with the winning entry, “Just in Time. The photo shows an image with “evident geometric connotations that enhances the impressive ability of the ants for social interaction.”

Open Theme

Gregory’s gone by Horst Kistner

The photo, entitled “Gregory’s Gone,” by German photographer Horst Kistner was awarded the winning title of the Open theme. The image is a dedication to the meeting between Edward Hopper and Gregory Crewdson, who is one of Kistner’s favorite photographers.


Heart-shaped Wing by Du Yi

Du Yi, who was also the winner in the Nudes category, also took home the winning title of Beauty with a photo “Heart-shaped Wing.”


Magical Girl by Abolfazl Jafarian

Iranian photographer Adolfazi Jafarian, passionate about black and white portraits, won the Fashion category with “Magical Girl.”


The Way of the Erhu by Cheraine Collette

“The Way of the Erhu” is a self-portrait by dutch photographer Cheraine Collette. She won the category with a photo that features the Erhu, a traditional Mongolian string instrument.


i-8 Wheel by Karine Faby

French photographer Karine Faby’s close-up of the bodywork and front wheel of a BMW i9, titled “i8 Wheel” won the Product category.

All winners and finalists in each of the 17 categories from this year’s competition can be found on the competition’s website.

Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of Siena Awards.