The Minimalist provided an opportunity to rethink the meaning of objects and notional concepts. Experimentation with composition, lighting, textures, colors, and shadows allowed photographers to redefine visual minimalism, using abstract and still life photography to engage with the apersonal.

Category Winners

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

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

Grand Prize Winner

Peter vom Schemm

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.

Second Place Winner

Sotiris Bougas

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 COVID19, this picture is more accurate than ever for me.

Third Place Winner

Fotini Georgakopoulou

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.

Category Finalists

Cristina Prat Mases

Harsh Parekh

Jan Tong

Klark Bedini

Mads Wollesen

Tinatin Jabanashvili

Yevhen Haloshyn