The EyeEm Awards 2021: Calling All Emerging Talents To Keep Creating

By EyeEm Team - 3 min read

The EyeEm Awards are back! After a year of challenges for the creative industries, The EyeEm Awards 2021 are here to support emerging talents to keep creating. Together with MPB, our headline sponsor, and our partners we will be rewarding our winners with cash prizes and featuring them at The EyeEm Awards Ceremony and Exhibition during the Berlin Photoweek 2021.

How The EyeEm Awards 2021 Is Pushing Visual Boundaries

The EyeEm Awards 2021 sponsored by MPB feature six unique categories designed to evoke and inspire photographers from around the globe to push visual boundaries. From portraiture to photojournalism, travel to sustainability, The EyeEm Awards 2021 are set to attract worldwide talent for every photographic style.

This Year’s Categories


The Storyteller - NEW!

This year we’re bringing together some of photography’s most prominent forms into one category–The Storyteller. Photojournalism, street photography, and travel photography have the capacity to change the way we think and feel about our world.

See the full brief and get your entry ticket


The Architect

Sponsored by WhiteWall

We’re joining forces with WhiteWall to explore how photography can take us beyond the four walls. We’re looking for diverse perspectives of space and structure.

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The Portraitist

The Portraitist is designed to challenge you to explore portraiture to capture the diversity of the human experience, unique individuals and self-expression.

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The Great Outdoors

Sponsored by Red Bull Illume

We’re joining forces with Red Bull Illume for a second time to call all adventurers. We want to see the extreme moments when humans collide with the natural world.

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Water balloon falling on shirtless person against gray background

The Minimalist

Using abstract and still life photography to depict the inanimate. The Minimalist is your opportunity to rethink the meaning of objects and experiment with composition, lighting, textures, colors, and shadows to redefine visual minimalism.

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Forest burning in night

The Environmentalist - NEW!

Sponsored by MPB

The past year has shown us that we can adapt and introduce urgent measures when a crisis hits, yet when it comes to the climate crisis we’re lagging behind. This is the time for us to use the power of photography to change perspectives and open eyes around the world to the climate crisis. That’s why we’ve partnered with MPB, the world’s largest online platforms for used photography and videography equipment, to bring this new category to The EyeEm Awards 2021.

See the full brief and get your entry ticket

Celebrating The Love Of Photography

EyeEm has always been known for its love of photography. We are getting ready to release a series of events and initiatives that will bring this year’s winners and finalists the recognition they deserve and the exposure they need to take the next step in their creative career.

In collaboration with our partners at BaseCamp Berlin, EyeEm will host the EyeEm Awards Exhibition for two weeks in East Berlin’s Rathenau-Halls–once one of the largest industrial areas in Europe, the Rathenau-Halls are now a center for culture, tech, and emerging start-ups.

Not only that, but all finalists and winners will be featured in a 12-month EyeEm Awards Virtual Exhibition. Which will be available to our community from anywhere in the world for 12-months. Furthermore, all winners will be published in the limited edition print issue of The EyeEm Magazine and The EyeEm Photographer of The Year receiving exclusive coverage in The British Journal of Photography.

Together with the opening of our EyeEm Awards Exhibition, we will announce all of our winners at The EyeEm Awards Ceremony at the Berlin Photo Week in August 2021.

Calling All Talent To Keep Creating in 2021

Whether you consider yourself an amateur, advanced hobbyist or a professional, The EyeEm Awards are the ideal platform for getting your work seen. From single images to complete photo essays, submit your photography to be crowned this year’s EyeEm Photographer of The Year, become one of our six category winners, or win the new The Best Mobile Photo award!

This Year’s Awards and Prizes

The EyeEm Photographer of The Year 2021

Grand Prize Winner: from €1,000

Plus: Featured by British Journal of Photography

Plus: Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip

The EyeEm Photographer of The Year Award is a brilliant way for you to get your work discovered with increased exposure and opportunities throughout the year. Previous winners include Kate Phellini, Aiyush Pachnanda, David Uzochukwu, and Porter Yates.

Since winning, the outstanding photographers received international acclaim, signed contracts with photo agencies and were published worldwide by publications such as British Journal of Photography and Highsnobiety.

When you submit photos to any of the Awards categories you also secure your chance of winning The EyeEm Photographer of The Year 2021 award.

The Best Mobile Photo

Sponsored by Fjorden

EyeEm was built upon mobile photography. Starting out as an underground art movement in Berlin with the first ever mobile photography exhibition, we’ve joined forces with Norwegian camera startup Fjorden to create a Fjorden x EyeEm Special Edition of Fjorden’s Professional Smartphone Camera Grip.

The 2021 EyeEm Awards Winners will be the first in the world to receive them. Together, we can’t wait to see what the incredible mobile photography community will show us!

Grand Prize Winner: €1,000 

Plus: Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip

Second Place Winner: €500

Plus: Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip

Third Place Winner: €250

Plus: Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip

When you submit photos to any of the Awards categories using a mobile device you also secure your chance of winning The Best Mobile Photo award.

The Awards Category Winners

Grand Prize Winner: €1,000

Plus: Fjorden x EyeEm Professional Smartphone Camera Grip

Second Place Winner: €500

Third Place Winner: €250

Introducing: The EyeEm Awards 2021 Prize Fund

The past 12 months have been filled with challenges for visual storytellers and photographers. That’s why we’re thrilled to be collaborating with our Premium Sponsor MPB and partners like Fjorden, Whitewall, Google and Red Bull Illume to introduce The EyeEm Awards 2021 Prize Fund.

Purchase your entry ticket now before you submit your photos to this year’s awards categories.

Our Sponsors and Partners

We’re proud to announce that we’re joining forces with brands and organizations to bring the EyeEm Awards season to life in 2021. As well as our Premium Sponsor MPB, our team of sponsors include Red Bull Illume, WhiteWall, and Fjorden. We also want to thank our amazing partners Bar-Tur Photo Award, Basecamp, Google Images, and The British Journal of Photography for helping us make The EyeEm Awards 2021 the biggest awards season yet!

Our Jury

EyeEm is super proud to welcome some of the world’s most renowned institutions and creatives joining our Jury, we make sure to further increase the quality of our shortlisted photographers and finally, our Awards winners.

Pauline Benthede, Fotografiska

Vice President of Global Exhibitions

Sophie Collins, MPB

Chief Marketing Officer

Karen Marshall, International Center of Photography

Documentary Photographer and Chair of Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism

Steve Wallington, The Photography Movement

Co-founder and Creative Director

Kate Phellini, The EyeEm Photographer of The Year 2019

Professional portrait, fashion, and fine art photographer

Anna Dickson, Google

Product Manager

Chris Peregrin, Magnum Photos

Global Director of Partnerships for Magnum Photos

Ulrich Grill, Zooom, COOPH, and Red Bull Illume


Victor Hennig, Fjorden

CEO & Founder

Amnon Bar-Tur, The BarTur Photo Award & BaseCamp Group Ltd


Sarah Casillas, Adobe Stock

Head of Content


Freelance photographer and photo editor

Head to the official EyeEm’s Awards website to find out more about jury members and Enter The EyeEm Awards 2021 now!

Important Dates

Submissions Open: May 18th 2021

Submissions Close: June 30th 2021 - 11.59 PM UTC

The EyeEm Awards Ceremony 2021: Winners will be announced during Berlin Photo Week 2021 (August 26th - September 3rd 2021)

The EyeEm Exhibition 2021: All finalists and winners will be exhibited in Berlin for two weeks in August 2021

To see all of the categories and get your entry ticket, head to The EyeEm’s Awards 2021 website now! There you will also find out more about #TheEyeEmAwards2021 categories, jury, prizes, as well as our amazing sponsors and partners.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn to keep up to date with the latest Awards news and announcements!