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The EyeEm Awards 2021

Join us in celebrating the emerging talents that shape our global creative community.

The Categories

To celebrate diversity and uniqueness, The EyeEm Awards offers six categories in search of compelling visual stories from photographers around the world.

The Prizes

Photographer of The Year

  • €1,000 
  • Featured by British Journal of Photography
  • Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip

Category Winners

  • 1st: €1,000
    + Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip
  • 2nd: €500
  • 3rd: €250

Best Mobile Photo by Fjorden

  • 1st: €1,000 

    + Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip
  • 2nd: €500 
    + Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip
  • 3rd: €250 
    + Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip

All Finalists

  • Exhibited at The EyeEm Awards Exhibition in Berlin  
  • Announced at The EyeEm Awards Ceremony at Berlin Photo Week 2021
  • Published in The EyeEm Magazine
  • Showcased in our 12-month virtual EyeEm Awards Exhibition 

Our Sponsors

Premium Sponsors

  • MPB - Proudly sponsors the EyeEm Awards 2021

Category Sponsors

  • MPB - The Environmentalist
  • RedBull Illume - The Great Outdoors
  • WhiteWall - The Architect

Prize Sponsors

  • Fjorden - The Best Mobile Photo


  • Bar-Tur Photo Award
  • Basecamp
  • Google Images
  • The British Journal of Photographer
  • Something Outta' Nothing
  • GoSee

The Jury

Sophie Collins


As the Chief Marketing Officer for MPB, Sophie Collins leads integrated marketing efforts globally. Before joining MPB, Sophie had 15+ years of experience in performance and digital marketing for clients such as Sony, IBM, Kodak, Cisco, and British Airways. Having studied at the International Center of Photography, Sophie is a dedicated photographer herself. At MPB she brings together her passion for photography and purpose-driven marketing.

Pauline Benthede


As Vice President of Global Exhibitions at Fotografiska, Pauline Benthede is responsible for planning international exhibitions at Fotografiska Stockholm, New York, and Tallinn. Having worked within the Fotografiska group since 2010, Pauline also holds the position of Fotografiska Exhibition Committee chairman and is involved in expanding Fotografiska to future cities.

Steve Wallington

The Photography Movement

Steve Wallington has worked across a diverse range of disciplines as a creative director and curator. Often collaborating with advertising agencies and brands to produce award-winning work, his passion and purpose has recently been directed towards mental health and photography.

Kate Phellini

EyeEm Photographer of The Year 2019

Crowned The EyeEm Photographer of The Year 2019, Kate Phellini is a commercial photographer with a strong focus on art, portraiture, and fashion. After graduating from the Warsaw School of Photography and Graphic Design, Kate’s multi-disciplinary work explores human connection, intimacy, and the dismantling of beauty standards.

Karen Marshall

International Center of Photography

Documentary photographer and chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Centre of Photography in New York City, Karen Marshall uses her work to examine the psychological lives of her subjects within social landscapes. Her three-decade project, Between Girls, follows a group of girls from age 16-46 and is due to be published by Kehrer Verlag in fall 2021.

Anna Dickson


Anna Dickson works focuses on Image Search and other products across Google that bring imagery to life. As a Product Manager she works to understand imagery needs, provide product guidance, and manages teams of visual specialists such as program managers, content strategists, editors, animators, GIF creators, and illustrators.

Chris Peregrin

Magnum Photos 

As Global Director of Partnerships for Magnum Photos, Christopher Peregrin heads up the agency’s global assignments, commissions, and partnerships. Starting his career in Annie Leibovitz’s studio, Christopher held senior roles at US Harper’s BAZAAR and Ralph Lauren, before moving to Laird + Partners where he oversaw print and video productions for global campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Topshop.

Ulrich Grill


The Founder of Red Bull Illume & COOPH. To Ulrich Grill photography is more than just a click –it’s a perfect combination of passion, skill, and attitude. Switching from his professional aerobatic hang-gliding career, in 1997 Ulrich combined business know-how with expertise to found zooom. The advertising and communication agency is now based in Austria, LA, and Tokyo and is servicing clients worldwide.

Sarah Casillas 


Sarah Casillas is dedicated to championing artists and helping creative professionals succeed. As Head of Content for Adobe Stock, she drives strategy and execution for the Adobe Stock marketplace business. During her 10 years in stock photography, Sarah also served as co-owner and CEO of Blend Images, a leading stock agency focused on diversity and inclusion, as well as President and Board Member of the Digital Media Licensing Association.

Victor Hennig


Victor is the founder of Fjorden, which is creating a pro-grade smartphone camera system. Victor has loved photography since getting his hands on a Rollei 35 in 1983. He studied and taught at Bauhaus-University Weimar and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2011. He is also the founder of Mendeley, a platform for scientific research, and a former Adjunct Professor at VU Amsterdam.

Amnon Bar-Tur

The BarTur Photo Award

After serving as military photographer and correspondent in Israel, Amnon Bar-Tur started his career at Haartz newspaper before moving to London to study Design & Photography before joining a friend to expand his design and photography business serving high profile clients, magazines, and advertising agencies. Bar-Tur later co-founded C2 imaging which grew to become one of the largest digital imaging companies in the US. Now, he and his son are leading BaseCamp which provides innovative student living in Germany, Scandinavia and Poland

Inka Recke


Freelance photographer and photo editor, Inka Recke is dedicated to finding new opportunities to work with emerging photographers. After studying Photo Design, Inka managed Delight Studios for eight years before joining the team at Bureau Mario Lombardo. As well as becoming a photo editor at DER SPIEGEL earlier this year, Inka is also a member of FOTOTREFF Berlin–non-profit initiative committed to the mediation and promotion of contemporary photography.

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