This year's EyeEm Awards shattered all previous records: In five categories, we received more than 590,000 submissions from over 88,000 photographers. This is our jury's pick of finalists—the winners will be announced at the EyeEm Festival on September 16th.
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The best portraits bring a subject’s idiosyncrasies and expressions to life in a single snapshot. Whether looking directly into the lens, captured in their natural environments, or caught at a candid glance. We wanted you to make us fall in love with a person we’ve never met.
BY ZACH LOUW
BY LAUREN MAREK
BY JAN T.
BY YEO GUO HAO
BY ELVIS TANG
From jaw dropping landscapes to unique natural scenes, awe inspiring aerial views to underwater worlds: This category is all about outside adventures.
BY ZHANG YANG
BY ANDRÉ DOGBEY
BY XIAO HAN
BY GUIGA PIRÁ
BY MASAKI SATO
BY MARC LEPPIN
BY IVÁN FERRERO
We asked you to show us real events unfolding in the world, captured with a perceptive eye towards the most fiery and emotion-filled happenings today. From monumental protests to more peaceful moments, these photos are a sign of our times.
On June 18, 2016, “La Batalla de Campeonas” was held, the first all-female boxing card. The stellar fight was the defense of Mayerling's title “La Monita” Rivas against Melania “Chony” Sorroche
BY LINUS GUARDIAN ESCANDOR II
An overcrowded jail in the Philippines. Part of a long-term project on country’s war on drugs.
BY RAMIN MAZUR
Republic of Moldova has one of the highest inmates per capita in Europe, including the highest rate of the long term convicted. Art centre “Coliseum” directed a play in the most secure prison, penitentiary nr17. For several months inmates were studying the craft of acting to perform on the same level together with professionals from National Theatre. This photo is from a production of ‘Hamlet’ the inmates performed.
BY KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ
16-year old AJ mourns at the crime scene where his neighbor Antonio Perez has been shot by unidentified assailants on January 3, 2017, outside their shanty in Pasay City, Manila. Perez works in the barangay and treated AJ like a son. When we got to the crime scene, the house was situated next to a ditch and barely reached our chest. AJ had to run to the store to buy candles when the cops came to investigate. He lit one after they left and prayed. He was advised by another neighbor to sleep somewhere else.
BY IVANA TESIC
Inside the clinic for infectious and tropic diseases in Belgrade, during a one month stay in the hospital. The series documents the interior of a healthcare institution from a patient’s perspective.
A photo taken at the 5th “Não Vai ter Copa” (Will not have the World Cup) protest in São Paulo. Protesters concentrated in the area of the São Paulo Arts Museum. Around 8:00 PM they left for Av. Paulista in Butantã, where people were harassed and trapped inside the Butantã Metro Station.
End of a rainy day in the village of Akodeha, Benin. For several hours, people dance to the rhythm of the drums, celebrating their divinity, Abessan Kokou. The ceremony is an offering made by the son of a dignitary, who came exceptionally from Gabon to solve a number of his problems. The dancers are clad in raffia loincloth and have their faces covered with a mixture of corn, eggs and palm oil.
The aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Kioch Village in Azarbaijan.
Ramlah Md Raya, a patient with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia sleeps in her room in Nyalas Melaka Malaysia.
Every year during Eid festival, thousands of people leave Dhaka city in Bangladesh to spend time with family. Due to the overcrowded trains, it is very tough and risky to travel. This father is passing his child through the window, since he himself cannot get out.
BY DAREN MAUREE
A boat on fire in the harbor of Mauritius. The fire was due to a welding accident when a man renovated his boat. He was locked in on the boat and suffocated in the fire.
A fire in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The fire triggered the highest alarm level and affected hundreds of families.
Rupesh Kumar, who weighs just over three stone, has aged eight times faster than normal due to Hutchison-Gilford progeria. Rupesh, from Hanumanganj in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, began to show signs of the condition as a young boy. Most people suffering from progeria die by the time they reach 13-15, but Rupesh has made it to 21. Rupesh’s parents have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for help and are still waiting for a reply.
Since 1981, Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina has become famous due to reports of alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local children. Although the reports were controversial and often disputed, the story soon changed the little town completely. Over time Medjugorje has become one of the world’s most popular sites of Catholic pilgrimage and a major centre for the Christian tourism, with a constantly growing infrastructure. The series focuses on the interaction of the pilgrims with the local public space and the landscape.
The final moments of a Hindu wedding in Etawah, India. Traditionally, the bride leaves her parents’ house to live with her husband’s family. It is symbolic as the end of her being a child of the family since she takes on the duties of a wife and a daughter in law in her new house. Many Indian brides cry uncontrollably during ceremony as they know their relationship with their parents will change forever.
The Cobra Training Camp in Said Sadiq. Part of a photographic report about the Peshmerga and their fight against Daesh.
BY JON HERRANZ
A woman sits with her grandchild in the Sahrawi refugee camp in Algeria.
This category is all about structures that move you: Whether you’re into cookie-cutter cottages or staggering skyscrapers, capture works of architectural wonder in eye-catching ways. We wanted you to cast your unique lens on the shapes, symmetry and design of the built environment—from Dubai Opera to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
BY NIKO S.
BY DENISE KWONG
BY TIM GAWECO
BY ROSLEY MAJID
BY FONG HAN WEI
Street photos can turn the mundane into something remarkable. We asked you to capture the exceptional beauty of everyday scenes, people and moments on the streets, and to show us the sights that might otherwise go unnoticed.
BY F.D. WALKER
BY LENNIN RUIZ
BY MUBARIZ KHAN
BY PAU BUSCATÓ
BY ALP PEKER
BY KARLO FLORES
BY JUNHAN F
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