A Recap of The 2014 EyeEm Festival & Awards in Berlin – Day 1

By Severin - 5 min read

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A 2-day festival for those that revolutionize photography, technology and media

On September 12 and 13, the 2014 EyeEm Festival and Awards took place in Berlin. With community members joining in from all over the world, we spent 2 incredible days celebrating photography and discussing its future with some of the world’s leading and most inspiring photographers, journalists, editors, curators, scientists, artists and creatives.

Here’s a recap of day 1, featuring the summit, the EyeEm Awards Exhibition opening and the grand EyeEm Awards Winners celebration. A recap of day 2, the community day full of workshops, will be coming shortly.

Some numbers:

20 speakers
8 keynotes and panel discussions
25 countries. Community members from Japan, Thailand, USA, Canada, France, UK, Russia, Brazil & more places flew in for the festival.
1000 people
1 big party

1 EyeEm Awards exhibition
100,000 images
15,000 photographers
21 judges
10 category winners
1 EyeEm Photographer of the Year


The first part of the festival was the summit: a 1-day conference where an eclectic group of people discussed the future of photography, publishing, journalism, advertising & more. We gathered at Alte Teppichfabrik, a 19th century converted factory spanning over 4 floors, and jumped straight into the conversation.

By ©Linka A Odom

lifestyles, young men, person, communication, young adult

By Markus Spiering

indoors, men, person, lifestyles, table

By Markus Spiering

indoors, lifestyles, leisure activity, men, communication

By Alexander Haase

lifestyles, men, low section, leisure activity, person

By Haje Kamps

food and drink, food, eating, sitting, real people

By Markus Spiering

Animal Head, Animal Themes, Berlin, Cropped, Dog

By Junic

Berlin, Bonding, Casual Clothing, Caucasian Ethnicity, Enjoyment

By Adam Kuylenstierna

large group of people, crowd, real people, standing, celebration

By Markus Spiering

lifestyles, young adult, person, young men, leisure activity

By Romy

©Linka A Odom

indoors, men, lifestyles, communication, sitting

By Anna Dickson

men, lifestyles, communication, text, leisure activity

By Ramzi Rizk


At 6pm, the doors to the exhibition opened. Featuring thousands of images from The 2014 EyeEm Awards, as well as the top 100 shortlist curated by our 21 judges, the exhibition took over the 3rd and 4th floor.

10 LCD screens presented the shortlists of each of the 10 categories on the 3rd floor while the 4th floor invited you to explore the top 100 shortlist, printed on a variety of media from paper to glass and aluminium.

indoors, lifestyles, leisure activity, standing, casual clothing

By Chris Zielecki

indoors, men, lifestyles, walking, ceiling

By Markus Spiering

indoors, window, sitting, real people, built structure

By Markus Spiering

text, architecture, indoors, built structure, graffiti

By Brogues C-M


By 9pm, the 4 floor building was completely filled. Community members from all over the world mingled with Berlin locals and the art scene and gathered at the 1st floor for The 2014 EyeEm Award Celebration. On the program: announcing the 10 category winners and The EyeEm Photographer of the Year.

The room was packed. Cat and Severin dressed up in style and the category winners were announced (check them out here). Then, the big moment came: 15-year old David Uzochukwu just arrived from the airport, entered the stage and was announced EyeEm Photographer of the Year. Congratulations!

Then, EyeEm DJs Giulio, Lorenz, Paul and Adam entered the stage and turned up the volume. We celebrated, danced, drowned in a sea of confetti… the rest is history.

large group of people, indoors, men, person, crowd

By Markus Spiering

By Ronaldo Pace

communication, lifestyles, text, casual clothing, standing

By Taylor Davidson

By Markus Spiering

lifestyles, leisure activity, casual clothing, indoors, men

By Ricardo Rojas

indoors, portrait, young men, young adult, looking at camera

By Paulamarttila

real people, indoors, young adult, young women, lifestyles

By Adam Kuylenstierna

real people, leisure activity, men, day, lifestyles

By Severin

lifestyles, togetherness, indoors, leisure activity, bonding

By Ricardo Rojas

lifestyles, men, indoors, togetherness, leisure activity

By Kat Ja

dj, club dj, turntable, music, young men

By Markus Spiering

lifestyles, men, illuminated, leisure activity, large group of people

By Chris Zielecki

By Markus Spiering

By Markus Spiering

By Markus Spiering

fun, real people, dancing, enjoyment, celebration

By Markus Spiering

Thank you to ALL OF YOU who came along! More than 1000 people attended the first day of the festival, making this an incredible experience for all of us.

And thank you to ALL OF YOU ALL OVER THE WORLD who took part in The 2014 EyeEm Awards and contributed their photos. You are the reason why we’re celebrating a new generation of photographers. There will be many more celebrations in the future.

Get the recap of Day 2 here.

Have you been at the festival or would like to attend the next one? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.