Winner's Announced For World's Largest Photo Contest

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(photo by Sasha Dudkina)

The 2017 EyeEm global photo competition has reached a close with over 590,000 submissions from more than 88,000 photographers, breaking all previous photo contest records, which were also held by EyeEm. 

If you're unfamiliar with the contest, here are some tips. You have until June to enter next year's contest and they make it super easy to enter by giving you multiple ways to enter. You can either submit through your computer or by using a simple App on your phone that lets' you tag your photo and put it into a specific category for judging. I think with most people using some kind of cloud storage as either a backup or as the main source of storage this option would be quite easy as you can pick your favorites out from your phone while you're waiting in the subway station, or at the doctors' office. Who needs Candy Crush when there are photo contests to be won!

The really unique thing about this contest is that you can be judged on multiple photos or photos that create a set. Most contests rely on a single image, something that captures a person or an event in such a way that it's better than the other ones. 


PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The elite title of Photographer of the year went to Sasha Dudkina, from Moscow, Russia. One of her photos is at the top of this article, but here's another.  

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(photo by Sasha Dudkina)

She shoots with a Canon 650D and occasionally her iPhone. Sasha's photographic style is characterized by glances and holding on to fleeting moments. She considers herself an observer, always taking in the people and events around her, often times snapping candid photos of her friends and strangers. Her photography is inspired by her home country of Russia, its literature, music, diversity of nature and especially the people.

"Sasha has been a super engaged community member since joining EyeEm in 2014," said Brada Vivi Barassi, Head of Photography at EyeEm. "She regularly participates in Missions and shares life through her lens in a really consistent, intimate way. Sasha is brimming with potential. We're so excited to work with her, help unleash her creativity to the full and provide support throughout her photography journey."


THE PORTRAITIST
Chosen from 77k+ submissions.
Adeolu Osibodu
20 years old
Ogun State, Nigeria
Winning photo taken in Redemption Camp, Ogun State, Nigeria with a
Nikon D5200 and a 18-55mm lens.

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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."


THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Chosen from 229k+ submissions.
Guiga Pirá
30 years old
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Winning photo taken in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico with a
DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone.

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Guiga Pirá was asked to join the crew of an anti-poaching ship as the drone pilot for a campaign to protect the most endangered marine mammal in the world from illegal fisherman. Drones were used to locate, identify and document illegal fishing activities in a protected area.

Pirá said as the drone pilot in this campaign "I saw too much of the dark side of humanity in such a beautiful place. I decided to make the best of my time while flying, so every time the drones were launched I tried to capture the beautiful side of the area I was patrolling."

THE PHOTOJOURNALIST
Chosen from 53k+ submissions.
Ramin Mazur
30 years old
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Winning photo was taken at Penitentiary 17 in the Republic of Moldova.

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This image is from Ramin Mazur's series, "The Process," documenting a production of Hamlet put on in a prison in Moldova. 
The Republic of Moldova has one of the highest numbers of inmates per capita in Europe, including the highest rate of the long term convicted. To shed a light on the issues of penitentiary system, art centre "Coliseum" directed a play in the most secure prison in Moldova. For several months inmates were studying the craft of acting to perform on the same level as professionals from the National Theatre. Some of the inmates had already been in prison for more than half their lives. Through this play, directors Mihai Fusu and Luminita Ticu aimed to draw attention to conditions of lifers in Moldova, the penitentiary system as whole and most importantly, stereotypes. Inmates and their right to be changed is a taboo topic among people and, paired with poor economical conditions and corrupted institutions, leaves little chance for those who want to be changed or forgiven. 

Check out the full list here, but I'll leave you with one more from 29 year-old Julie Hrudova who won The Street Photographer of the year out of 136k+ submissions.

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Source: EYEEM