EyeEm Exhibition Berlin 2021

THE PORTRAITIST

The portrait photographer often faces the challenge of going beyond the veneers of appearance. To visually grasp different concepts of identity requires a delicate balance of structure and spontaneity. In this sense, portraiture is the photography world's form of sculpture.
Our finalists have showcased expert skills not only as photographers but as creative directors, stylists, and designers. The result is captivating portraiture that evokes empathy, deconstructs stereotypes, and celebrates individuality.

JONAS ALBRECHT

Grand Prize Winner
Hamburg, Germany
Ilford Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"This is just a simple portrait of Charlie. I like it because it's so simple, yet I want to look at it longer." 

– [Jonas' EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/zwischensequenzen)

RŪTA KENSTAVIČIŪTĖ

Second Place Winner
Vilnius, Lithuania
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"This picture was born unexpectedly. I was working with a Lithuanian clothing brand, Atuko, shooting their designs for a new collection release. I am inspired by their work because their values align so perfectly with mine: they create for a strong, intelligent, and independent woman. That’s why collaborating with Atuko is so natural. During our photoshoots together, I have captured many special moments, and this photo is one of them. To me, there is unexplainable sadness in the model’s eyes. Yet, I want my viewer to see and focus on the strength they hold."

– [Rūta's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/rutafloral)

JULIANTARA PUTRA

Third Place Winner
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

– [Juliantara's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/Juliantaraputra)

GEORGINA ABREU

Fourth Place Winner
Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"This image is called "The dance", and as its name implies, it is inspired by the work of Henri Matisse, in which 5 individuals are observed dancing in a circle in a green field. In times of a pandemic, and a little further away from each other, this image emerged as a way to approach the theme of body positivity and social inclusion. Unsurprisingly, the scope of social networks has aggravated problems that were already very present in everyone's universe and in the social panorama. For many, a constant struggle. This dance is, then, a celebration, in which we strip ourselves of prejudices and stigmas to be and fully accept ourselves as we are unique."

– [Georgina's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/anigroeg)

EVA ZANETTIN

Fifth Place Winner
Berlin, Germany
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"Learn who you are. Unlearn who they told you to be" 
// Giuseppe. Napoli. Drama.

– [Eva's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/EvaZanettin)

THIAGO DEZAN

The 2021 EyeEm Photographer
of The Year

Documentary filmmaker and photographer Thiago Dezan's work represents a multi-layered tapestry of the deeply embedded narratives shaping The Americas today. 
Thiago produced his first video at the age of sixteen in his hometown of Cuiabá, Brazil. Since then, his desire to unearth personal accounts of suffering, despair, and resilience led Thiago to spend years traveling and enabled him to open doors to some of the most dangerous protests and prisons in the region. 

In 2013, Thiago became one of the founders of NINJA, an independent network that carried out the coverage of historical protests of June 2013 and contrary to the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil. From this, Dezan started to work as a freelancer and produced photos and videos for channels such as The Washington Post, AJ +, The New York Times, The Intercept. He continues his work as a filmmaker at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In June 2021, Thiago released an eye-opening photographic collection in his first book titled ‘When I Hear That Trumpet Sound.’

“In an artistic sense, chaos is my brush. The current despair is what motivates me to go further, searching for stories and interesting people. I want more people to help me make sense of the world I see.”
– Thiago Dezan

[Thiago's Website](https://thiagodezan.com)
[Thiago's EyeEm Profile](http://www.eyeem.com/thiagodezan)

THIAGO DEZAN. Project: "Untitled"

In an attempt to curb the advance of narco-trafficking in the territories of Michoacán, Mexico, indigenous people and small communities in the state took over the matter into their own hands. Since 2013, more than 40 groups of armed men and women have been organized to patrol Michoacán, building up to 20,000 armed citizens that fight a constant war with the cartels. These groups are mainly divided into two categories: ‘Policia Comunitaria’ (formed by indigenous people and recognized by the Mexican State) and ‘Autodefensa’ (paramilitary without an ethnic component, articulated by local charismatic figures).

THIAGO DEZAN

Autodefensa group in Michoacan
Mexico, July 2021

Ilford Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

– [Photo at EyeEm](https://www.eyeem.com/p/180595905)

THIAGO DEZAN

Mentiroso is a caramel big dog that is always trying to play with these self-defense members Michoacan,
Mexico, July 2021

Ilford Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

– [Photo at EyeEm](https://www.eyeem.com/p/180997319)

THIAGO DEZAN

Policia Comunitaria in Michoacan
Mexico, July 2021

Ilford Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

– [Photo at EyeEm](https://www.eyeem.com/p/180997316)

THIAGO DEZAN

Members of an Autodefensa group in Michoacan Mexico, July 2021

Ilford Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel
 

THIAGO DEZAN

Local dog that follows an autodefensa group in their patrols by the mountains of Michoacan Mexico, July 2021

Ilford Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

– [Photo at EyeEm](https://www.eyeem.com/p/180595906)

THE EYEEM AWARDS 2021 ARE GIVEN IN SIX UNIQUE CATEGORIES

– The Environmentalist
Sponsored by MPB

– The Architect
Sponsored by WhiteWall

– The Great Outdoors
Sponsored by Red Bull Illume

– The Storyteller

– The Portraitist

– The Minimalist 

Additional Awards
– The Best Mobile Photo Awards
– The 2021 EyeEm Photographer
   of The Year 

OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS


SPONSORS

About WhiteWall
WhiteWall is the best photo lab for everyone who loves photography. WhiteWall was founded in 2007 by Alexander Nieswandt and has established itself as the world's leading photo lab in his 14 years of expertise in the photo finishing market. WhiteWall is made up of a team of passionate experts, combining state-of-the-art technologies with traditional development methods. WhiteWall's award-winning gallery quality is based on first-class backing materials, high-quality laminations and handcrafted manufactured frames.
– Find out more about [WhiteWall](https://www.whitewall.com/eu/)

About MPB
MPB is the world’s largest online platform for used photography and videography equipment, recirculating 300,000 cameras and lenses every year and extending the life and creative potential of kit for visual storytellers around the world. Using guidelines supplied by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, MPB proactively measures its circularity so it can set targets to continually improve its environmental performance and green credentials. 
– [Find out more about MPB](https://www.mpb.com )

About Red Bull Illume
Red Bull Illume is the world’s greatest adventure and action sports imagery contest. It showcases the most creative and captivating images on the planet while illuminating the passion, lifestyle, and culture behind the photographers that shoot them.
As these incredible adventure and action sports athletes earned their place on the world’s stage, so should the people who tell their stories–the photographers who go to the most extreme lengths possible to create images that grab your eye and capture your imagination.
– [Find out more about Red Bull Illume](https://www.redbullillume.com/ )

About Fjorden
Fjorden is a camera company based in Oslo, Norway. Bringing together scientists, photographers, industrial designers, electronics engineers, software developers, UX/UI designers, and manufacturing experts, whose mission is to build the world's best smartphone camera system. 
To make The EyeEm Awards 2021 even more special, we collaborated with Fjorden to create the special edition EyeEm X Fjorden Professional iPhone Camera Grip which offers the same physical controls as a DSLR but is small enough to fit in your pocket. 
– [Find out more about Fjorden](https://fjorden.co/eyeem)


PARTNERS

[BarTur Photo Award](https://www.barturphotoaward.org/)

[The British Journal of Photography](https://www.1854.photography/)

[Google](http://google.com)

[Something Outta Nothing](https://somethingouttanothing.com/)

[Basecamp](https://www.basecampstudent.com/)

Many thanks to all our sponsors and partners for their enthusiasm, support, and for making this project possible.

THE EYEEM AWARDS 2021

Sponsored by MPB and hosted by WhiteWall


The EyeEm Awards 2021 are about empowering creatives to push visual boundaries. In response to profound social and environmental change, we set out to celebrate and support emerging talents shaping the future of photography.

With more than 342,000 submitted, this year's entries act as a reminder of the vital need to champion originality and diverse expression in a world saturated with visual content. Our six categories create a broad stage for photographers to show us how they see their world.

The 68 finalists exhibited represent 34 countries and cover everything from traditional to contemporary practice. We hope that this image collection serves as recognition of the power of photography to bring us closer as we look through a different lens.

We want to thank every photographer that took part in this year’s EyeEm awards season. We could not do it without you.

Additional thanks to our sponsors and partners who made The EyeEm Awards 2021 possible. 

THE MINIMALIST

The Minimalist is as much about focus and attention as technical mastery. Images that may appear visually muted and geographically anonymous can externalize abstract narratives and emotions or capture a specific moment in time. Photography is a tool for rediscovery.
It can inspire us to see past everyday objects in exchange for fleeting moments when light, composition, texture, and color collide. The Minimalist provides a unique opportunity, not only for photographers but every individual, to explore the aesthetic wonder that surrounds us.  

PETER VON SCHEMM

Grand Prize Winner
Zandvoort, Netherlands
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"The idea came while looking over the dunes and beach to the sea on the Dutch coast. I wanted to depict the scene in a minimalist way and limit it to just a few colors. So I took the photo as a long exposure so that the hard contours dissolve and the colors run smoothly."

– [Peter's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/petervomschemm)

SOTIRIS BOUGAS

Second Place Winner
Athens, Greece
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"The story behind the specific picture is as simple as the image itself: find your inner strength to stand up, no matter the situation. Sometimes less is more in life. During this extra difficult and frustrating period of quarantine and Covid-19, this picture is more accurate than ever for me."

– [Sotiris' EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/sotirisbougas)

FOTINI GEORGAKOPOULOU

Third Place Winner
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"I think minimalism is all about clear frames, eye-catching compositions, nice palettes and the sense that what you see is a part of a world with as much information as you need. Nothing more or less. A world full of geometric sequences, symmetries, with or without people to delimit the frame. I selected this photo because it seemed to me like the perfect timing between my point of view, the sun and the shadow."

– [Fotini's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/foteini2695)

CRISTINA PRAT MASES

Fourth Place Winner
Barcelona, Spain
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"The isolation of 2020 sharpened my creativity playing to give life to inanimate objects reflected in a mirror. Creating helped me not to go crazy."

– [Cristina's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/crisismasiva)

KLA BEDINI

Fifth Place Winner
Vlorë, Albania
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"I didn't think of a specific story first when I created it, even though regular geometrics were my key interest, hidden by a comedy of color. This said, our reality today of empty spaces and deserted cities inside a pandemic environment gives a good field for abstract visual thinking (like geometrics) which I like a lot. It might sound a little bit selfish now that people are experiencing turbulent times but it feels like it."

– [Kla's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/KlaBedini)

THE ARCHITECT

Sponsored by WhiteWall

Physical structures can bring us together or separate us, empower us or hold us back. The photographer’s lens inspires us to explore individual and communal spaces and the role of unique perspectives upon them. 
Over the past 24 months, concepts of the built environment have become increasingly complex. For the return of The Architect, we challenged photographers to consider how different spaces can have potency and power in our everyday lives.
Selected from this year’s 62,000 photo entries, our final collection of images reflects the variety of texture, color, age, and design that create the profound beauty of urban space.

– Many thanks to [WhiteWall](https://www.whitewall.com/) for making The Architect category possible.

GEORGE KROUSTALLIS

Grand Prize Winner
Brandenburg, Germany
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"Architecture and fashion are sisters. We defend that idea, and create a story in a powerful location to draw clear parallels between the two disciplines, exploring interesting shapes, displayed structure, forms, and emphasis on materials. The tower in the location acts as a metaphor for our common history, our present and our future—a powerful sculpture as a trace of memory in a desecrated landscape that is transforming into an idyllic lake landscape. A landscape where fashion and architecture will keep growing together, more interconnected than ever."

– [George's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/minorstep)

EVA TSAI

Second Place Winner
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

The picture was taken in Hong Kong about 5 months ago while I was on my way to watch a movie.  There are some residential buildings opposite the cinema.  The buildings were undergoing renovation and I found it was fascinating as they were covered with a cloth veil, like a bride when the wind blew across the building, the cloth was dancing and under the sunset, the scenery was so beautiful and I just took out my Canon camera.  So here is this wonderful picture.  Right time, right place and a bit of good luck, I made this photo.

– [Eva's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/eflower)

HONDA YOSHIKO

Third Place Winner
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

– [Honda's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/yo_______pi)

NIKA PAILODZE

Fourth Place Winner
Tbilisi, Georgia
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

– [Nika's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/DaMiane1)

PIOTR ZEMLAK

Fifth Place Winner
Wrocław, Poland
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"It’s my vision of one of the well-known landmarks in Wrocław, Leśnica Castle. Since I’m a big fan of Wes Anderson's style of architecture, I couldn’t resist creating this image which was in my head long before I came to visit this place. It was my very first visit, even though I’ve been living in Wrocław for 8 years."

– [Piotr's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/p/178677711)

THE STORYTELLER

In the words of The 2018 EyeEm Photographer of the Year Aiyush Pachnanda: “Journalism means going live now.” As the world changes ever more quickly, it is increasingly up to the collective efforts of individuals to capture current events, share experiences, and spark conversation.
The Storyteller seeks to reflect the diversity of the human experience by combining street, travel, and documentary photography alongside photojournalism. Using these renowned genres as their starting point, our finalists responded with compelling visual stories characterized by skillful wit and thought-provoking encounters.

MARIE SIMONOVA

Grand Prize Winner
Moscow, Russia
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"Self-isolation". As demonstrated by a review of the effects of perceived social isolation across the life span, loneliness can wreak havoc on an individual’s physical, mental and cognitive health. Problems can arise, however, when an experience of loneliness becomes chronic, according to Ami Rokach, Ph.D., instructor at York University in Canada. "If reactive loneliness is painful, chronic loneliness is torturous," he says. Chronic loneliness is most likely to set in when individuals either don’t have the emotional, mental, or financial resources to get out and satisfy their social needs or they lack a social circle that can provide these benefits, says psychologist Louise Hawkley, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. Hawkley points to evidence linking perceived social isolation with adverse health consequences including depression, poor sleep quality, impaired executive function, accelerated cognitive decline, poor cardiovascular function and impaired immunity at every stage of life."

– [Marie's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/MarieSimonova)

FABIAN SCHMIEDLECHNER

Second Place Winner
Potosí, Bolivia
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"Pedro works in the mines in Potosí, one of the highest situated cities in the world. He showed us the inside of the mines at Cerro Rico. The city and its people are highly dependent on the riches of the mountain. It used to be rich in silver but not anymore. The working conditions are horrible but the people there often have no other choice. Chewing coca leaves gives them energy and kills their hunger. Drinking high percentage alcohol and smoking cigarettes in front of their altar with the god of the mine is supposed to bring luck. Explosions of dynamite could happen anywhere and sometimes even without warning. A lot of people, including very young ones, lost their lives inside these mines. Pedro and his company are working hard though to improve the situation."

– [Fabian's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/freebius)

ANGYALOSI BEÁTA

Third Place Winner
Muntele Bocului, Romania
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"Lele Maria lives high up in the mountains in a small village where the road is almost inaccessible by car. She is a widow taking care of her own little farm and loves needlework. She was showing me the beautiful textile of St. Mary that she was working on. Every traditional artwork on the wall is her own creation."

– [Angyalosi's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/AngyalosiBea)

JEREMY JOHN

Fourth Place Winner
Istanbul, Turkey
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"I was blown away by the scenes on the street in Turkey. Everywhere I looked I wanted to capture some fleeting moment. I spent a week shooting there and was mostly interested in the plethora of street vendors — certainly something Istanbul is famous for. They were always such characters. I found this couple selling candyfloss from their car, under the cotton-candy sunset."

– [Jeremy's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/Jeremy_John)

KATERINA MAVRODI

Fifth Place Winner
Korolev, Russia
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"Once my friend Lisa told me about her grandma who lived in Korolev City in Moscow Region.  Lisa spoke warmly about their relationship, about how her grandmother honors traditions and loves to drink tea. It became interesting for me to visit her flat myself and take a few photos. It was a very warm welcome. In this photo, I managed to convey the atmosphere that I felt in the first minutes. Rare objects in the shadows “speak” about their age, they are already many years old and they have a great “life experience”. Twilight, as a reflection of these very long years, beautiful in themselves, during which many events have accumulated and they all remained unchanged in memory. Lisa (granddaughter) in the center of the photo, backlit with warm light. She is young and beautiful. She softly shines against the background of ancient objects, reflected in the TV screen, thereby personifying a different self, which, one way or another, will be on the other side of young years. The photo "speaks" of youth and old age. The importance of the closeness of kindred souls, when, due to the advanced years of one of them, the very warmth and light from those closed and loved ones are very much needed. This summer, Lisa's grandmother passed away. This work is like a cherished memory of her."

– [Katerina's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/KaterinaMavrodi)

JIMMY SONG

Grand Prize Winner
Isla Socorro, Mexico
Fuji Photo Print under matte Acrylic Glass

"We came across the ocean to see the giant oceanic manta rays, the largest type of ray in the world. They can grow up to 7 meters, with a weight of about 3000kg. However, they are always graceful, like an elegant dancer in the water. Sometimes they would like to dance with each other, and sometimes come to divers and play with the bubbles. This time the giant swam to freediver Aolin, dancing with him. I captured this magical moment."

– [Jimmy's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/dyingjoker)

ADRIAN PUJOLAS FONS

Second Place Winner
Canazei, Italy
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"The daring of the athletes against the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites and its stone pillars just made this monochrome shot irresistible."

– [Adrian's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/u31350053)

STEFAN KUERZINGER

Third Place Winner
Sylvensteinspeicher, Germany
Aludibond Matte, Fuji,
Frame Basel (Black Oak)

"The picture was taken during a tour at sunrise. The Sylvenstein lake is a reservoir that often carries a lot of fog with it, especially at the beginning of the day. If the fishermen go on to the first light of day on the lake, the moment is just beautiful and absolutely magical! Who would not press the shutter release of their camera?"

– [Stefan's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/binmalkuerzweg)

ANDRIUS ALEKSANDRAVIČIUS

Fifth Place Winner
Kaunas, Lithuania
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"This image was Taken In on February 7, 2021, in Kaunas, Lithuania. It was a very cold, frosty winter morning."

– [Andrius' EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/afotoeu)

GAILE JUKNYTE

Fourth Place Winner
Palcoyo Mountain, Peru
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"We set up to hike and discover the Rainbow mountain in Peru that was only recently discovered by local people. Because of weather, environmental conditions and sedimentary deposits over time, the mountain's unique mineralogy created a marbling effect, with layered hues of gold, lavender, red and turquoise which looks like a rainbow. We got to see local indigenous people living around the mountain with no knowledge about the outside world. The mountain is currently under process of being preserved and announced as national park because of mining threats coming from China."

– [Gaile's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/GaileJuk)

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Sponsored by Red Bull Illume

Returning for its second year, The Great Outdoors called upon all adventurers, explorers, thrill-seekers to present the most creative and captivating action shots from around the world. We received over 82,000 photo entries celebrating athletes that commit their lives to adventure and action sports, as well as the photographers that go to extreme lengths to create images that capture them.
Whether you feel inspired to follow in their footsteps or prefer to watch from afar, this year’s finalists bring us closer to the sensation of being immersed in the great outdoors and the epic beauty of nature.

– Many thanks to our sponsor [Red Bull Illume](https://www.redbullillume.com/) for making The Great Outdoors category possible.

THE ENVIRONMENTALIST

Sponsored by MPB

The recent years have shown us that we can adapt and introduce urgent measures when there is a crisis, yet when it comes to the climate we’re lagging behind. Now is the time for us to use the power of photography to change perspectives and open our eyes to the climate crisis. 
The Environmentalist was introduced to The EyeEm Awards 2021 to create a bigger picture of life on earth and how it is changing. Having received over 47,000 photo entries, we saw stories that exposed the destructive effects of natural disasters and changing climates as well as remarkable ways that individuals and communities around the world are protecting our planet. 

– Many thanks to our sponsor [MPB](https://www.mpb.com/en-eu/) for making The Environmentalist category possible. 

JEREMY JOHN

Grand Prize Winner
Berlin, Germany
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"It was at the heart of an especially cold winter here in Berlin. The canal was frozen over and many people had Taken In over the new space. Some friends and I found this swan dead under a bridge, it had been there for a while as many flowers had been left. Her death—during the pandemic—was a reminder of the harsh reality of life; sure Corona is bad, but at least we have a warm roof over our heads... well most of us. Her death was incredibly poetic. One could see the trail she left in the ice as she came to her final resting place. I came back the next day to see her, but she had been taken away."

– [Jeremy's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/Jeremy_John)

SAIFUL ISLAM

Second Place Winner
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"A vulnerable woman lies on a bed of waste near the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Deprived of the most basic human needs, atop a disease-ridden refuge, she inhales the polluted air of the overpopulated city as insects gnaw at her while she sleeps. The slums are not safe and the slums are not habitable."

– [Saiful's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/saiful0077)

RYHOR BRUYEU

Third Place Winner
Dobruš, Belarus
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"Almost every spring in Belarus, there is a fire associated with negligence and the long-standing tradition of firing off last year's dry grass. It is easy to see such a fire, from the high column of smoke. I am indignant about this when burning grass, flora and fauna of meadow and forest areas suffer. Often the victims are the arsonists themselves - mostly pensioners who clean up their summer cottages in such a terrible way. Often the flame spreads to the houses of the "burners" themselves. This is how an old church from the 19th century burned down the year before last."

– [Ryhor's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/grisha_bruev)

YAN VARNIR

Fourth Place Winner
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

– [Yan's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/varn1r)

HIROSHI KAI

Fifth Place Winner
Tokyo, Japan
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond

"One night, I was just looking out from my apartment's window. Suddenly, thunder rang. Then a thunderbolt struck the building in front of me. I got my camera and shot this photo."

– [Hiroshi's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/p/129859894)

THE BEST MOBILE PHOTO

Sponsored by Fjorden

Mobile photography requires perseverance, creative confidence, and risk-taking in the face of limitations. Over a decade after we launched one of Berlin’s first mobile photography exhibitions, it remains at the core of EyeEm. 
This Best Mobile Photo Award reminds us that a photographic eye is more important than the gear that happens to be at hand. Having produced striking images with their smartphones, our finalists are evidence that the core principles of photography will prevail as camera technology continues to evolve. 

– Many thanks to our sponsor [Fjorden](https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fjorden-faster-camera-controls-for-your-iphone#/) for making The Best Mobile Photo Award possible.

ALEXANDRA EKDAHL

Grand Prize Winner
Dala-Floda, Sweden
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"On a walk in the forest, I took a series of portraits of my wonderful daughter."

– [Alexandra's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/AlexandraEkdahl1)

DINA ISSAM

Second Place Winner
Niš, Serbia
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"I don't think a lot before shooting because I let my imagination and feelings do the job. The story behind this photo was to love our bodies and don't feel ashamed. The paper covering the body cannot change who we are, and when the night comes, we will only have our little bodies to hug our hearts and souls."

– [Dina's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/sodamncolors)

ZUKA KOTRIKADZE

Third Place Winner
Batumi, Georgia
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"Georgia has several seaside cities. And if you are in western Georgia - you are never far from the sea. This is Batumi and this is a photo from one morning walk. The short story of a summer morning created by a girl and the sea in a minimalist distribution with light, pastel tones."

– [Zuka's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/zukas)

KHALED ABOUAMIN

Fourth Place Winner
El Alamein, Egypt
Fuji Photo Print under Acrylic Glass

"It was the last day of my summer break back home in Egypt. We passed through the Mausoleum from WWII on the coastal road of El-Alamein. Absolutely spectacular place. It was a dry, hot day so the place was idle as it always seemed. The gatekeeper resisted walking in the middle of the frame at first but as soon as he was reaching the stairs I knew what I needed to do."

– [Khaled's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/u/kabouamin)

STANISLAV SITNIKOV

Fifth Place Winner
Moscow, Russia
Fuji Photo Print on Aluminium Dibond
with Frame Basel

"This is one of my street photos. I like to shoot in the city streets. People, places, lines, colors, interesting moments."

– [Stanislav's EyeEm Profile](https://www.eyeem.com/p/180006476)

Watch The EyeEm Awards Ceremony Here!

Check out the playlist for this category!

[The Minimalist](https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5bOg7Ots88odHSsa1VmVJr?si=ba00999fbdf04011&nd=1), a playlist curated by [Something Outta' Nothing](https://somethingouttanothing.com/)

Check out the playlist for this category!

[The Portraitist](https://open.spotify.com/playlist/36uRfymOTjHPNs3YCBmp5r), a playlist curated by [Something Outta' Nothing](https://somethingouttanothing.com/)

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[The Storyteller](https://open.spotify.com/playlist/70V25HKMGSTW9lCfWiUzwg), a playlist curated by [Something Outta' Nothing](https://somethingouttanothing.com/)

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[The Great Outdoors](https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mu4Vmpo8cIR6i5kX4xWdR), a playlist curated by [Something Outta' Nothing](https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mu4Vmpo8cIR6i5kX4xWdR)

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[The Environmentalist](https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0yIvTnW64TWzNrzcYkSeIk), a playlist curated by [Something Outta' Nothing](https://somethingouttanothing.com/)

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[The Architect](https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4K9rZ5YyWY191ICw0gsdff), a playlist curated by [Something Outta' Nothing](https://somethingouttanothing.com/)