Market Trends

Golden Shimmer: A Closer Look at a Defining Trend of 2016

By Lars - 4 min read

See our picks of this defining visual trend of 2016.

What makes a picture beautiful? The answer usually depends on what kind of photography is popular at the moment. Each year sees the invention of new techniques, styles, and aesthetics – and together they affect our taste and perception.

At EyeEm, we keep close tabs on what community members share with each other. This allows us to spot new photography trends as they bubble to the surface. We have summarized the most popular new aesthetics in our current Visual Trends report that you can download for free.

This is an in-depth look at the “Golden Shimmer” trend, including lots of sample images to inspire your campaigns – or to license directly.

Close-up of yellow and green powder paint with people playing in background

By Muhammad Irfanul Alam

Close-up of dragonfly on flower

By Jan O

Close-up of beautiful woman having fun in party

By Patrycja Polechonska

High angle view of sea

By Francesco Sambati

Golden foil held by woman outside house

By Alina Potapenko

By Cyann

one person

By McCutcheon

no people

By Adam Smialy

Portrait of beautiful young woman against wall

By Artem Varnitsin


By 群 魏

Close-up of woman against illuminated lights at night

By Leo

Portrait close-up of chartreux cat winking

By Rytis Šeškaitis

Close-up of man with make-up

By Devonald Williams

Cropped hands of friends toasting drinks

By Yelitza

Cropped hand holding glitter

By Gvozden


By M2J

Tilt shot of golden burger on table

By Drazen Stader

Low angle view of staircase against sky during sunset

By Steven Swinnen

Midsection of woman using mobile phone

By Mubariz Khan

Low section of woman standing on road against sky during sunset

By Max

Midsection of woman blowing star shape confetti

By liz


High angle view of woman climbing rusty staircase at night

By Jordan Tempro

Close-up of cropped hand holding gold necklace

By Gencive de Truie

Golden paint dripping from man hand

By Yvonne

Header image by @yompyz.

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