The freelance photographer announced the most emotional color photographs taken by photographers around the world (10 photos)


The Independent Photographer has just released the winners of its color photography contest, which took place in June 2022. Many images from over 30 different countries were reviewed and 10 winners and runners-up were selected by our esteemed judge Alessia Glaviano.

Alessia is the Visual Brand Director of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. She has worked with a wide range of international photographers over the years and is responsible for Photo Vogue, an innovative online platform where users can share their own photographs under the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors. She is also responsible for the artistic direction of events and exhibitions for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue.

In addition to her editorial and curatorial activities, Alessia teaches master’s courses at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan and regularly lectures at other academic institutions. She was a jury member for the 2015 World Press Photo and participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the New York Times Portfolio Reviews.

The Color Photography Award aimed to discover and publicize the best contemporary artists working in all areas of photography.

On this occasion, we invited photographers driven by their artistic eye and their passion for color to join the contest and celebrate with us the beauty and diversity of color photography.

We are delighted to present the images of 10 artists whose work shows incredible talent. All of the full captions can be found on The Independent Photographer’s website, along with comments from contest judge Alessia Glaviano.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

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Mauricio Holc – 1st place. Price – $1,000

“Ser Libre” – Argentina

“Portrait of actress and model Camila Del Campo Grandal.”

Philippe Oberhuber – 2nd place. Price – $600

“Seiser Alm” – Italian Dolomites

“This photograph shows the beautiful highlands of Seiser Alm in the Italian Dolomites. The stage was lit only by moonlight.

Vikram Kushwah – 3rd place. Price – $400

“Women in swimsuits”

Carly Zavala – finalist

“Calvin” – Brooklyn, New York, USA

“Portrait session with artist and model Calvin. The concept was to create a portrait that showcased her beautiful features against the backdrop.

Christian Bruni – finalist

“Sailing ship”

“Sunset over a sailboat gently gliding along the harbor waters.”

Jonas Reenders – finalist

“The Hand and the Fruit” – Los Angeles, USA

“My partner’s hand reaching out for a decadent LA breakfast.”

Mélissa Cormican – finalist

“Portrait of a Roseate Spoonbill” – St. Augustine, Florida

“With this portrait, I was attracted by the colors, the light and also very intrigued by the contemplative gaze of the Eurasian Spoonbill. Photo from March 2021 in St. Augustine, Florida.

Nicolas Castermans – finalist

“Rainbow Mountain” – Peruvian Andes

“Local horseback rider walking towards an incredible 5000 meter mountain pass next to a rainbow mountain in the highlands of the Peruvian Andes.”

Steve Wrubel – finalist

“Lucero” – Mesquite Rodeo, Mesquite, TX, USA

“Bull rider Adam Lucero, photographed competing at the Mesquite Rodeo.”

Tyler Goldflower – finalist

“The kiss”

“Water offers us a dreamlike version of reality, although rooted in the physical and the real, water removes the boundaries of gravity allowing bodies to flow freely in dreamlike suspense.

Sometimes, out of the blurry corner of our eye, we glimpse a more abstract version of reality. Buried beneath our conscious selves, just below the surface is the river of the unconscious, carrying our deepest functionings and desires. These spirit ghosts have long been the source of spirituality and religion. Over the ages we have sought to understand these mysteries through stories, myths and legends. From cave paintings of animist deities to the myths of ancient Greece, we have sought to understand these universal and fundamental cogs that make us human.

Through play and intimacy, we come to better understand the basic human desire for connection that guides how we navigate the world, that gives us magic and purpose in life.


The Independent Photographer is an international monthly photography awards and online magazine for photography enthusiasts and photographers around the world. Talented artists can win cash prizes each month by submitting their photographs that match a certain theme.

We are now open for entries for our 2022 Travel Photography Awards. This summer, we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its glory and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary… We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually – Let’s travel together! The deadline is August 31! All photographers are welcome!


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