A compelling portrait can create an intimate connection and evoke emotions for people that we might never meet. Winners for The Portraitist successfully explore portraiture to capture the diversity of the human experience, unique individuals and self-expression.

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

Jonas Albrecht

This is just a simple portrait of Charlie. I like it because it's so simple, yet I want to look at it longer.

Second Place Winner

Rūta Kenstavičiūtė

This picture was born unexpectedly. I was working with a Lithuanian clothing brand, Atuko, shooting their designs for a new collection release. I am inspired by their work because their values align so perfectly with mine: they create for a strong, intelligent, and independent woman. That’s why collaborating with Atuko is so natural. During our photoshoots together, I have captured many special moments, and this photo is one of them. To me, there is unexplainable sadness in the model’s eyes. Yet, I want my viewer to see and focus on the strength they hold.

Third Place Winner

Juliantara Putra

Category Finalists


Caterina Theoharidou

Denise Kwong

Eva Zanettin

Georgina Abreu

Laura Callsen

Lucian Barnard