This post is part of our cooperation with EyeEm, a global community where photographers can shoot, share and discover beautiful images. We’ll regularly feature some of the most outstanding mobile photographers from EyeEm here. Today, Maddie, one of EyeEm’s community managers, recaps this year’s EyeEm Festival And Awards.
On September 12 and 13, The 2014 EyeEm Festival took place in Berlin. Community members joined from all over the world and spent two incredible days celebrating photography and discussing its future with some of the world’s leading and most inspiring photographers, journalists, editors, curators, scientists, artists and creatives.
The conference, EyeEm Awards Exhibition opening and the grand EyeEm Awards Winners celebration happened on Day 1, while Day 2 was full of workshops in a more personal setting. Here’s a breakdown of the events.
EyeEm Festival And Awards – DAY 1: THE SUMMIT
The first part of the EyeEm Festival was the summit: a 1-day conference where an eclectic group of people discussed the future of photography, publishing, journalism, advertising & more. It was held at Alte Teppichfabrik, a 19th-century converted factory spanning over 4 floors, which made for some great photos.
EyeEm Festival And Awards – The Exhibition
At 6pm, the doors to the exhibition opened. Featuring thousands of images from The 2014 EyeEm Awards, as well as the top 100 shortlist curated by our 21 judges, the exhibition took over the 3rd and 4th floors.
10 LCD screens presented the shortlists of each of the 10 categories on the 3rd floor, while the 4th floor invited attendees and visitors to explore the top 100 shortlist, printed on a variety of media from paper to glass to aluminum.
EyeEm Festival And Awards – The Awards Celebration And Ceremony
By 9pm, the 4-floor building was completely filled. Community members from all over the world mingled with Berlin locals and gathered at the 1st floor for The 2014 EyeEm Award Celebration. On the program: announcing the 10 category winners of the EyeEm Awards and The EyeEm Photographer of the Year.
The room was packed and the category winners were announced by members of our stylish community team (check them out here). Then, the big moment came: 15-year old David Uzochukwu just arrived from the airport, entered the stage and was announced as EyeEm Photographer of the Year!
Then, EyeEm DJs Giulio, Lorenz, Paul and Adam entered the stage and turned up the volume. The rest of the night was full of celebrating, dancing and confetti… the rest is history.
EyeEm Festival And Awards – DAY 2: Community Day
The second day was all about getting up close and personal. Participants engaged in hands-on workshops about photography techniques, portrait photography and post processing, joined heated discussions on photography and ethics in the digital age, learned from masters in storytelling and photojournalism, and dove deep into what’s coming up next at EyeEm.
The 2014 EyeEm Festival And Awards was an incredible experience full of inspiring conversations, discussions and insights. So many community members joined us from all over the world – from Tokyo, Bangkok and New York to Toronto, London and Paris – and made the entire festival a truly special experience.