The Winners of the 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Forms of murmurations
Photos by Daniel Dencescu | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

The winners of the fourth annual Minimalist Photography Awards have been announced, and continue to back up the idea that less can sometimes be more.

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The 2022 edition of the minimalist photography awards has grown with over 3,400 photographs entered for consideration in 12 categories from photographers located in 43 different countries.

The overall winner this year was Daniel Dencescu from Germany with his series entered in the Abstract category. Along with the honor and recognition associated with the competition, Dencesecu will take home $2,000 in prize money and be able to sell the series as an NFT.

Photos by Daniel Dencescu | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards
Photos by Daniel Dencescu | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards
Photos by Daniel Dencescu | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

“I want to describe the murmurations of starlings as an elegant dance. There’s certainly something mesmerizing in how these birds move – a vast, impromptu choreography, each bird part of something vastly bigger than themselves. These colossal, organic forms have an intrinsic beauty. But we also see unexpected coincidences. All my murmurations images were taken against a clear, flat sky. Sparse and beautiful, letting place for a lot of interpretations. He says that the dawn cream color scheme for my calligraphic photos is inspired by the work of Rene Magritte, a surrealist painter, and Irving Penn.

Photos by Daniel Dencescu | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards
Photos by Daniel Dencescu | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

“I have spent more than 200 hours on the field chasing and photographing the starlings, all of the scenes are real. The term “murmuration” comes from the fact that thousands of wings flapping at once give a murmur-like sound. Safety in numbers is offered by grouping together – predators like peregrine falcons have difficulty targeting one bird among a flock of thousands. The starlings also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas. I always search where their roosting site could be, this is where they perform their wheeling stunts before they roost for the night. There is no leader in a murmuration, the flock behaves as one single entity. Each bird follows seven of its neighbors’ behavior to stay together in the various escape routes. The group can adapt quickly by focusing on a fixed number of birds, becoming dense or sparse, splitting and changing shape. Most starling murmurations take place at night, when birds gather for the evening. With these series I want to reveal the hidden beauty of common things shown from an unusual perspective of an elegant dance.”

Photos by Daniel Dencescu | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Below are the winners of the remaining categories.


After a long day
Tamas Wachsler | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Tamas Wachsler
Title: After a long day
Description: “Visitors of the Hungarian Parliament, after a strenuous walk have some rest on the roof of the visitors’ centre”


A river in Southern Iceland
Daniel Franc | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Daniel Franc
Title: A river in Southern Iceland
Description: “This very very long black sand beach (you need to walk a trail for a couple kilometers from the nearest road to get there) is especially fascinating on gloomy days like this. Add the river and cover it with a bit of grass and moss in the late Autumn colors (which is September, in Iceland) and you get a truly ethereal scenery like out of this world.”


Cluster One
Daniel Fisher | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Daniel Fisher
Title: Cluster One
Description: “This is an underpass to a road bridge made from precast concrete sections. It is a bridge that crosses the River and Nature Reserve. I am always amazed by its size and brutality. It looks especially sc-fi in the fog (from various angles) as it disappears into the distance.”


In Time
Allen Koppe | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Allen Koppe
Title: in Time
Description: “I have always been drawn to minimal uncomplicated imagery. I like the simplicity and balanced harmony of minimalist photography where elements are arranged in a manner that removes the noise and clutter of our everyday world and allows the unique subjects, shapes and forms to be revealed in quiet isolation.
With this series of works I have sought to create a pictorial fable, a myth where the imagery sits between reality and the imagined.

The use of collage and the re-assembling and layering of photographic elements helps to shape the narrative.

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Description of this image is “Last Night I Dreamt I Knew how to Swim”

The power of the works can be found in their representation of the sanctity of nature, the beauty of the natural world and its vulnerability to the environment impact that human’s have on the planet.”


Last Night I Dreamt I Knew How to Swim
Natalie Christensen | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Natalie Christensen
Title: Last Night I Dreamt I Knew How to Swim
Description: “The first pool I remember was the one I fell into as a small child. The pool was located in an apartment building that my parents shared. I recall falling in, opening my eyes, and seeing the color of the water and the reflection of sunlight shimmering in my field of vision. My mother pulled me out. At the age of four, I had my first swim lesson. I was able to swim and I spent my summers as a child and teenager in every pool that I could.

My parents were divorced by the time I was eight years old and I spent every other weekend with my dad. He lived in apartments, some with pools. My dad would allow my brother and I to play for hours. He would also take us indoor swimming pools to enjoy during winter. These stays helped us avoid the sense of loss.

My father’s business endeavors were prone to sudden changes. When times were good, he lived in luxurious homes; the best ones had pools. The tides turned and the move came quickly. There were 11 homes in 10 years. Sometimes the pools would dry out.

I came to learn that the presence of a pool was a distraction from how impermanent things actually were. There was a looming sense of danger that all could go wrong. Stable can quickly turn unstable and we suddenly found ourselves in a mess. The pool was always attractive. There was a comfort in the stillness of its waters, albeit a calm that couldn’t be trusted.

Now, I look at pools as windows into my past, and insights into my present. Beyond their surfaces, the depths of my discoveries are seemingly infinite.”


Simple Elegance 2
Tara Workman | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Tara Workman
Title: Simple Elegance
Description: “Like most of us, sand dunes have been shaped by their environment, but we all have different sides and moods we show. With this collection I have chosen to highlight the dunes’ graceful curves and their softer sultry side. Each image in its abstractness has its own unique story to tell and through their subtle lines and curves they exude both simplicity and elegance alike.”

Long Exposure

Martin Annand | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Martin Annand
Title: Huts..
Description: “an impromptu photoshoot at the huts”


Night Series
Brian Kosoff | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Brian Kosoff
Title: Night Series
Description: “Keeping my self busy on clear nights. Film captures.”

Open Category

Small additions
Guido Klumpe | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Guido Klumpe
Title: Small additions
Description: “A Series of juxta positions in our urban environment. Here, I was all about the little details that turn a mundane scene into something completely new.”


Benjamin Briones Grandi | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Benjamin Briones Grandi
Title: Memories
Description: “This series is a representation of our inner landscapes using composite photography. The work is inspired from two sources: One is “The Mansions”, written by St. Teresa of Avila. The second inspiration comes from the mechanisms used by the human brain to integrate memories, to dream, and overcome traumas. The images are a result of playing with perspective, time, scale, and colors. This is an unusual combination. A rather healing combination.”


Dancers in Black _ White
Fredrik Gille | 2022 Minimalist Photography Awards

Photographer: Fredrik Gille
Title: Dancers in Black & White
Description: “Dancers in this series: William Dugan, So-Yeon Kim, Madeline Woo.”

To see all of the winning images for each series as well as the additional finishers, be sure to visit the full 2022 Winners Gallery on the Minimalist Photography Awards website.

Image credits: All photos credited individually, used courtesy of the Minimalist Photography Awards.