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Robert torronteguiRobert Torrontegui/EyeEmRobert Torrontegui’s series of portraits won ‘The Community Vote’ category.

Photography community and marketplace EyeEm revealed the winners of its global Photographer of the Year competition at its fourth annual Photography Festival and expedition in Berlin on Saturday.

The EyeEm international contest received over 590,000 submissions from 88,000 photographers, making it the world’s largest photography competition.

The competition’s entries were judged using EyeEm’s aesthetic image recognition technology — specialist software that detects the colours, proportions, and light that makes a beautiful photo — before the shortlisted entrants were judged by the EyeEm Photography Festival’s curators and a panel featuring representatives from National Geographic, Refinery29, BBC, and others.

19-year-old Russian native Sasha Dudkina’s depictions of life in contemporary Moscow won her the grand title of EyeEm’s Photographer of the Year.

Madeline Dudley-Yates, lead curator of the competition, said: “We always look for images that tell strong stories above anything else, and this year’s finalists were all rich with an incredible variety of stories and concepts.”

Scroll on to discover a selection of breathtaking photos from the winners of this year’s EyeEm Photographer of the Year competition.

Earlier this year, Guiga Pira -- who won for 'The Great Outdoors' category -- joined the crew of an anti-poaching ship as a drone pilot.

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Winning photo: The Great Outdoors

The expedition set out to protect the world's most endangered marine mammal -- a type of porpoise only found in Mexico's Gulf of California -- from poachers.

Guiga Pira/EyeEm

Pira's drones were used to locate, identify, and document illegal fishing activity. Commenting on the expedition, Pira said: 'I saw too much of the dark side of humanity in such a beautiful place.'

Guiga Pira/EyeEm

'I decided to make the best of my time while flying, so every time the drones were launched I tried to capture the beautiful side of the area I was patrolling,' Pira added.

Guiga Pira/EyeEm

Ramin Mazur's series of photos titled 'The Process' -- which helped him win 'The Photojournalist' category -- depict a production of 'Hamlet' put on by a prison in Moldova.

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Winning Photo: The Photojournalist

A local art centre organised the production in an attempt to highlight the issues with Moldova's prison system which has one of the highest numbers of inmates per capita in Europe.

Ramin Mazur/EyeEm

Inmates were trained in acting for several months, until they reached 'the same level as professionals from the National Theatre,' according to EyeEm.

Ramin Mazur/EyeEm

The production attempted to shed light on an inmate's capacity to be changed or forgiven.

Ramin Mazur/EyeEm

20-year-old Adeolu Osibodu from Ogun State, Nigeria, submitted a series of portraits from his wider collection, 'Losing Amos,' and subsequently won 'The Portraitist' category.

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Winning photo: The Portraitist

'My Grandfather Amos died in 2014. It was then that I realised how casual my idea of him was,' Osibodu said.

Adeolu Osibodu/EyeEm

'I constantly asked myself why I couldn't see beyond his heavy grins, why I couldn't define him as more than the man who was never unhappy... these were the unsettling thoughts that meddled with my conscience.'

Adeolu Osibodu/EyeEm

As a result, Osibodu decided to photograph himself wearing various outfits once owned by his grandfather that were reminiscent of various times in his relative's life.

Adeolu Osibodu/EyeEm

'Maybe this is inspired by an urge to find consolation or my intimate affection for a time before, or me just being Adeolu. Regardless, I'm forever glad I happened to find myself in this state,' Osibodu said.

Adeolu Osibodu/EyeEm

Winner of 'The Street Photographer' category, Julie Hrudova's photos captured in Moscow, Tokyo, and Amsterdam were all taken from her larger series: 'Leisure.'

Julie Hrudova/EyeEm
Winning photo: Street Photography

Play is 'core to what my work is about,' according to Hrudova, who lives in Amsterdam.

Julie Hrudova/EyeEm

In her series, Hrudova plays with the balance between photography as a source of truth while still creating confusion about what is happening in the image, like this man limply hanging in a children's playground.

Julie Hrudova/EyeEm

Hrudova's street photography subjects are often depicted as isolated while participating in their leisure activities -- like this woman slack-lining on an empty beach.

Julie Hrudova/EyeEm

Denise Kwong, winner of 'The Architect' category, is based in Sydney, Australia, but travelled to Hong Kong to capture the busy market scene. When she arrived, Kwong stumbled across a block of flats that captured her imagination.

Denise Kwong/EyeEm
Winning photo: The Architect

'With its lighting scheme, it was giving off a cinematic vibe and I also love(d) how each lit balcony made the building facade look like a sheet of negatives -- each telling its own story,' Kwong said.

Denise Kwong/EyeEm

Kwong's photo series fought off competition from over 95,000 other submissions in order to win in the architecture category.

Denise Kwong/EyeEm

Robert Torrontegui's series of portraits won him the competition's Community Vote, which is open to all finalists.

Robert Torrontegui/EyeEm

Torrontegui's series of colourful snaps were initially submitted to 'The Portraitist' category.

Robert Torrontegui/EyeEm

The series of six photos, captured in Manila in the Philippines, features a young woman deep in thought in various positions, all incorporating touch and texture.

Robert Torrontegui/EyeEm

Overall winner and Photographer of the Year, 19-year-old Sasha Dudkina is a photographer based in Moscow, Russia, who defines her style as 'glances' and 'holding onto fleeting moments,' according to EyeEm.

Sasha Dudkina/EyeEM

Dudkina sees herself as an observer, and many of her photographs are candid snaps of her friends or strangers in everyday scenarios.

Sasha Dudkina/EyeEM

Her photography is inspired by her native country. The series features glimpses into Russia's history, literature, and music, as well as Russia's natural landscapes and its people.

Sasha Dudkina/EyeEM

Dudkina was chosen to be crowned EyeEm's Photographer of the Year 2017 over 88,000 other applicants.

Sasha Dudkina/EyeEM

Brada Vavi Barassi, head of photography at EyeEm, said that Sasha Dudkina 'shares life through her lens in a really consistent, intimate way. We're excited to work with her, help her unleash her creativity to the full and provide support throughout her photography journey.'

Sasha Dudkina/EyeEM

Dudkina's series, along with the rest of the category winners, will be featured in a limited edition EyeEm magazine that will be distributed across the world.

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