The best photography of 2022

Creative Photo Awards. Highly Commended – Animals. “Golden Retriever Chasing Beach Ball”. Florida, USA.  Clemens Van Der Werf  View gallery – 35 images

Unsurprisingly, the biggest international competitions continued to deliver spectacular shots, with the Pano Awards, the Sony World Photography Awards, and the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards particularly standing out.

Siena Photo Awards. Honorable Mention – Journeys & Adventures. Polar Bear 81. Hudson Bay, Canada.  Bob Chiu

Unlike the last couple of years, the pandemic took a back seat in many contests, with only a small volume of images engaging with this life-changing event. Perhaps as a result of travel restrictions lifting and photographers getting out into the world again, many of the most impressive shots this year came from wildlife competitions.

Urban Photo Awards. Finalist, Spaces. “Waiting for the UFOs”. Buddhist monks preparing for Earth Day celebrations at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Bangkok, Thailand.  Tim Russell

The Nature InFocus Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, and World Nature Photography Awards all delivered stunning collections of shots. And the Comedy Wildlife Awards again helped lighten things up with a hilarious bunch of anthropomorphic amusements.

BMC Ecology and Evolution photography competition. Overall winner. The fruiting body of a parasitic fungus erupts from the body of a fly.  Roberto García-Roa

We couldn’t choose a favorite single image from this year’s crop but we have gathered a strong longlist of the best that caught out eye. Check out the full gallery here.

View gallery – 35 images

A selection of a few additional photos from the excellent “full gallery.”

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