This September in Berlin, EyeEm, a global community and marketplace for photography and video, announced the winners of their
fourth and largest photography competition
More than 590,000 submissions from 88,000 photographers in over 150 countries submitted to the EyeEm Photography Festival, helping it become the largest photo competition in the world.
Below, see category winners and the stories behind the shots. All captions are by EyeEm.
This was taken as part of Adeolu Osibodu's series, called 'Losing Amos.' Osibodu says: 'My Grandfather Amos died in 2014. It was then that I realised how casual my idea of him was.'
'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 unsettling thoughts that meddled with my conscience.' Osibodu decided to take a series of self-portraits wearing different clothes his grandfather owned at various times in his life.
'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,' said Osibodu.
This photo was taken as part of Julie Hrudova's series, 'LEISURE,' which is an ongoing series that Hrudova says is 'core to what my work is about.' It's a play with photography being a trustworthy and truthful medium by creating some confusion about what is actually happening in the image, or why. Hrudova says her subjects are focused on their leisure activities and often isolated.
Denise Kwong went to a popular spot in Hong Kong to shoot the markets below, when she looked to the left and saw this block of units.
Kwong said, 'With its lighting scheme, it was giving off a cinematic vibe, and I also love how how each lit balcony made the building facade look like a sheet of negatives -- each telling its own story.'
Guiga Pira was asked to join the crew of an anti-poaching ship as the drone pilot for a campaign to protect the most endangered marine mammal in the world from illegal fisherman. Drones were used to locate, identify, and document illegal fishing activities in a protected area.
Pira said as the drone pilot in this campaign, 'I saw too much of the dark side of humanity in such a beautiful place. 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.'
Sasha Dudkina is a 19-year-old photographer from Moscow, Russia. She shoots with a Canon 650d and occasionally her iPhone. Sasha's photographic style is characterised by glances and holding on to fleeting moments. She considers herself an observer, always taking in the people and events around her, oftentimes snapping candid photos of her friends and strangers. Her photography is inspired by her home country of Russia, its literature, music, diversity of nature and especially the people.
This image is from Ramin Mazur's series, 'The Process,' documenting a production of 'Hamlet' put on in a prison in Moldova. The Republic of Moldova has one of the highest numbers of inmates per capita in Europe, including the highest rate of the long-term convicted. To shed a light on the issues of penitentiary system, art center 'Coliseum' directed a play in the most secure prison in Moldova.
For several months, inmates were studying the craft of acting to perform on the same level as professionals from the National Theatre. Some of the inmates had already been in prison for more than half of their lives. Through this play, directors Mihai Fusu and Luminita Ticu aimed to draw attention to conditions of lifers in Moldova, the penitentiary system as whole and most importantly, stereotypes.
Inmates and their right to be changed is a taboo topic among people and, paired with poor economical conditions and corrupted institutions, leaves little chance for those who want to be changed or forgiven.
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