This year marks the fifth EyeEm Awards, the world's largest photography competition. The competition covers nine categories, inviting photographers of all skill levels and backgrounds to participate. This year, more than 100,000 people submitted works in over 150 countries, with an incredible 700,000 submissions overall.
Back in July, Highsnobiety announced that our very own image director Nik Schulte had been chosen to join the judging panel, overseeing this year's The Street Photographer category. Nik was joined by the likes of adidas global creative concept and storytelling director José Cabaço, ArchDaily founder and editor-in-chief David Basulto, and many distinguished others.
Having relished in the honor and reviewed the work submitted, Highsnobiety is now proud to present the 10 finalists in the 2018 EyeEm Awards' The Street Photographer category, with each photographer providing an account of how they captured their image. Read on for the lowdown.
"This photo was taken in the city of Moscow on a holiday dedicated to the city. It was a great day to look for a shot. The guy fell from the sky and had a choice between the girls, to whom to fall into the arms of love, but he was undecided and flew between them."
"I was in the Old City of Zadar [in Croatia] at the end of the day. The sun was setting and the shadows of passers-by were projected on the walls of the buildings overlooking the sea. I saw a couple holding hands and I captured only their shadows. A romantic and essential moment."
Luis Martinez Faneca
"When I took this, I was surprised at the modernization or change that had occurred [in Ireland], from a fairly traditional society to a more modern, open, and European society. The photo tries to convey this fact and the balance between the cultural tradition and the modernity of the country. With the range of color and contrast, I wanted to represent the colors of Ireland. The green would represent the clovers and earth tones, the soil of the island."
Rene B. Bernal
"I was amazed to see these children who were playing on a dumpsite in the middle of Parañaque City [in the Philippines]. They were totally oblivious to the hazards of their recreation. Indeed, a poignant reminder of how these children are able to find ways to enjoy their childhood even in the most distressing environments."
"I live in a small city in Ukraine, and every time I travel to big cities I enjoy their rhythm and dynamics. In this, I find aesthetic pleasure and try to show it in my photos. The journey to Copenhagen [in Denmark] was no exception. We sailed on a sightseeing boat along the canal and at that moment the rain began. Everyone was given a red raincoat, which is what you see in the photo."
Stijn Doors (Reginar)
"I was chilling on a bench in front of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam after my visit to the gallery, reflecting on certain pieces I'd just passed by. My first priority that day was to get some inspiration and feed my creativity, not really to take new photos. But then I noticed this awesome piece in the middle of the square in front of the museum. It's kind of a mirror tile box, so I couldn't hold myself back.
"After taking some shots of people walking by, still from the bench, and not being super satisfied, I noticed this little girl running up to the block from the corner of my eye. My guess was that she was going to the block to touch it. But because her mom was running after her, I had to be quick.
"It's my natural preference to have a focus on one individual with a hint of the environment, as you can see in the extra reflection on the left side, so I quickly took some shots to get her in frame apart from her mom. Then you also need a bit of luck that she touches the box in the way she does."
"This photo shows us how people lived in the past and how we live today. It’s like two different worlds in the same time."
"The man in this photo is a pork shop owner. When I shot this photo that day, it was 5 a.m. and the shop was just opening. That morning I took several photos in many places around the locale until I ended up at his shop and asked his permission to take some pictures. The pork shop owner allowed me but I asked him not to pose for me. And that's all there is.
"I don't want to judge his expression. I want this picture to express its own meaning. My guess is he is proud and happy with his work and his life."
"When I took this picture I was working as a photographer for an arts festival and I was following the participants in an audio shooting workshop. The field of action was the ancient port of Ancona [in Italy], which is open to the public as a place of fun for about a month, freed from the cranes for goods and barriers that don't allow you to approach the water.
"It was August, around 1 p.m., and it was very hot and there was a lot of silence around. Suddenly I saw that man. I think it was a truck driver waiting to leave. I was struck by the contrast of the color of the water with the ancient wall and the new asphalt and all the things in order, and that man who I felt was in heaven, with the water rising slowly to the platform to bathe his body. For me, that man represented the manifesto of the new free use of the port."
"I was wandering around Kyoto [in Japan] with no specific goal other than capturing the street life that I encountered. An older man appeared in front of me on a zebra crossing and simply started doing some exercises to stretch his arms. It happened so quickly but I managed to snap a photo. Shortly after, a group of school kids ran across the street.
"I like the photo because it is a snapshot of Japan. The street is clean, the obligatory color-popping vending machine is there, and a man does random exercises in the middle of the street, which adds a quirky element. Along with my other photos from Japan, I think it also conveys a moment of calm in what can be a quite stressful society."
Other categories in the 2018 EyeEm Awards include the following: The Architect, The Creative, The Great Outdoors, The Fashion Photographer, The Photojournalist, The Portraitist, The Still Life Photographer, The Street Photographer, and The Traveler.
Winners in each category, as well as the coveted Photographer of the Year prize, will be announced in October ahead of the awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany on October 13.
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