Meet our Photographer of the Year and see the highlights of the world’s largest photography competition.
590,000 pictures. That’s the staggering amount of photos we received from the EyeEm Community during the 2017 EyeEm Awards—an amount that made it the world’s biggest photography competition.
In photography, we’ve become accustomed to large numbers: As humanity, we’ll take around 1.2 trillion photos this year, more than ever taken in history. But the trouble with large numbers is how impractical they are—most people have neither the time nor attention span to view so many pictures.
That’s why our yearly photography award isn’t just about numbers but really about the talent hiding among them. For weeks, our jury or renowned photo professionals sifted through all submissions across five categories. They relied on both experience and our computer vision technology to find the needles in the proverbial haystack—the very best pictures, stories, and talents. Today, we’re happy to unveil the winners!
EyeEm Photographer of the Year
Each year, we pick out one photography to get the highest accolade of the EyeEm Awards: The be named photographer of the year. In 2017 we selected Sasha Dudkina, a 19-year old photographer from Russia.
Sasha has been an active community member for many years and, in the words of our photo editors, “is brimming with potential”. Her photos show contemporary life in Russia through artful, intimate glances. We love Sasha’s work and can’t wait to continue her photographic journey together!
Adeolu Osibodu, 20, from Ogun State, Nigeria
Taken in: Redemption Camp, Ogun State, Nigeria, with a Nikon D5200, 18-55mm lens
This was taken as part of Adeolu Osibodu’s series, ‘Losing Amos.’ Osibodu says: “My Grandfather Amos died in 2014. It was then that I realized how casual my idea of him was. I constantly asked myself why I couldn’t see beyond his heavy grins, why I couldn’t define him as more than the man who was never unhappy… these were unsettling thoughts that meddled with my conscience.”
Osibodu decided to take a series of self-portraits wearing different clothes his grandfather owned at various times in his life. “Maybe this is inspired by an urge to find consolation or my intimate affection for a time before, or me just being Adeolu. Regardless, I’m forever glad I happened to find myself in this state.”