How can something be both natural and that shade of red? The above image, with its two halves of deep orange-y red and rich turquoise separated by a thin and wispy white line, looks more like a Rothko painting than a photo. Only the tiny flecks of people paddling and swimming give it away as an actual photograph.
The shot was taken by Graham Earnshaw as he flew over Roebuck Bay, western Australia, at sunrise, and it’s a pretty decent reminder of the vivid beauty of the natural world. It was selected as one of the winners of a competition by magazine All About Photo.
The theme of the competition was ‘COLORS’, and the winners were all chosen for their distinctive approach to colour photography. And that doesn’t just mean photos that attempted to cram a barrage of psychedelic rainbows into every frame. These pics are bold, striking and vibrant. They draw attention to colour in ways that can be both subtle and overwhelming. All the winning shots are worth a look, but here are a few of our favourites.
‘Football field in Moscow’s woods’ by Vitaly Golovatyuk
‘La Raccolta del Riso’ by Lello Fargione
‘Green’ by Judi Iranyi
‘Untitled F-305’ by Jerry Takigawa
‘Untitled’ by Miloš Nejezchleb
‘Untitled’ by Bootsy Holler
‘Nowhere – untitled 05’ by Xavier Blondeau
‘Uganda Colors’ by Koshevova Natalia
‘Sand’ by Diana Cheren Nygren
‘Tattoo’ by Joan Haseltine
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