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Photograph: Graham Earnshaw / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.com

These are officially the best really colourful photographs of the year

From forest-covered football pitches to a beach that looks like a Rothko painting, here are all the winners of the All About Photo ‘Colors’ awards

Written by
Ed Cunningham
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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

Football field in Moscow's woods
Photograph: Vitaly Golovatyuk / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comFootball field in Moscow's woods

‘La Raccolta del Riso’ by Lello Fargione

la raccolta del riso
Photograph: Lello Fargione / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comla raccolta del riso

Green’ by Judi Iranyi

Green
Photograph: Judi Iranyi / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comGreen

Untitled F-305’ by Jerry Takigawa

Untitled F-305
Photograph: Jerry Takigawa / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comUntitled F-305

Untitled’ by Miloš Nejezchleb

Untitled
Photograph: Miloš Nejezchleb / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comUntitled

Untitled’ by Bootsy Holler 

Untitled
Photograph: Bootsy Holler / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comUntitled

Nowhere – untitled 05’ by Xavier Blondeau

Nowhere - untitled 05
Photograph: Xavier Blondeau / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comNowhere - untitled 05

Uganda Colors’ by Koshevova Natalia

Uganda colours
Photograph: Koshevova Natalia /‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comUganda colours

Sand’ by Diana Cheren Nygren

Sand
Photograph: Diana Cheren Nygren /‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comSand

‘Tattoo’ by Joan Haseltine

Tattoo
Photograph: Joan Haseltine / ‘All About Photo AAP Magazine #21 COLORS’, www.all-about-photo.com via photopublicity.comTattoo

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