EyeEm announces Awards shortlist

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After sifting through more than 100,000 entries, the judges of the EyeEm Global Photography Festival & Awards have made their shortlist.

The judging panel, which includes Time LightBox’s Olivier Laurent, and recently appointed executive director at the Tim Hetherington Trust, Stephen Mayes, has chosen ten entries from each of the competition’s ten categories.

The winner of each category will be announced during an awards ceremony in Berlin on 12 September, during the inaugural edition of the EyeEm festival, which runs until 13 September.

One shortlisted photographer will go on to be crowned EyeEm Photographer of the Year at the ceremony.


The winning images will be exhibited at the Alte Teppichfabrik in Berlin and in London, New York City, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, and Tokyo.

A book of the images will also be available.

Founded in 2011 in Berlin by photo-enthusiasts Florian Meissner, Lorenz Aschoff, Ramzi Rizk and Gen Sadakane, EyeEm seeks to celebrate “the quality and community of mobile photography,” say the founders.

As well as an online marketplace and community, EyeEm is a free application for iOS and Android.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating this new generation of budding photographers who are defining a new era with the launch of our Global Photography Festival & Awards”, says Florian Meissner, co-founder and CEO of EyeEm. “Photography has changed significantly in recent years and at EyeEm we see smartphone photography as a natural evolution of the art form. The creative excellence of our community is the centre of EyeEm, and the Global Photography Festival & Awards are our way of continuing to support and show the world this incredible talent.”

Here, we showcase our selection of the shortlisted images.

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