This year’s EyeEm Photography Festival and Awards will be taking place on Friday September 18th in NYC and is packed with an amazing line-up of keynotes, panels and artist presentations; this is one event you won’t want to miss out on. Speakers will be present from Google, MIT, VII photo, NASA, Columbia, Bloomberg and many more (see full list below).

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© Alexander Haase

The EyeEm Festival is for those revolutionizing photography, technology and visual communication. It brings together photographers, editors, technology leaders and more to look into the future of photography and how it impacts society, art and communication.

Set at the Villain in Brooklyn, 200 individuals will be able to participate in the intimate event. The focus of the festival is the ever-changing world of photography—from the influence of the smartphone to the future. The topics that will be focused on this year include: Photography Now, The Camera of Tomorrow, and The Visual Revolution.

© Markus Spiering

© Markus Spiering

Photography Now will focus on what defines a photographer today and how one can find their audience, make a living and develop their style. The Camera of Tomorrow will focus on the ever-evolving way photos are captured, shared and consumed. It will also delve into how photos will be taken in the future and why. Lastly, The Visual Revolution will discuss how brands, agencies and advertisers use images in their communication strategies and the business models that fulfill their needs.

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© Linka A Odom

Here’s a full list of first-round speakers:

© Markus Spiering

© Markus Spiering

As for the exhibition and awards portion of the event, talented up-and-coming photographers from across the world will be showcased. The ten categories include: The Portraitist The Photojournalist, The Traveler, The Great Outdoors, The Moment, The Foodie, The Architect, The Action Photographer, The Fashionist, The Street Photographer. In addition, there will also be a photographer of the year award.

© Markus Spiering

© Markus Spiering

The photographers will be judged by the following individuals:

  • Alexandra Niki, Founder, Resource Magazine
  • Ron Haviv, Photojournalist, Co-founder, VII Photo
  • Opeyemi Olukemi, Director of Interactive, Tribeca Film Institute
  • Keith Axline, Photo Editor, Medium; Founder, Vantage
  • Tobias Van Schneider, Lead Product Designer & Art Director, Spotify
  • David Uzochukwu, 2014 EyeEm Photographer of the Year
  • Rebecca Roth, Image Coordinator & Social Media Specialist, NASA
  • Casey Kelbaugh, Photographer; Founder, Slideluck
  • Amit Gupta, Entrepreneur & Founder, Photojojo.com
  • Alison Zavos, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Feature Shoot
  • Manik Katyal, Curator & Editor-in-Chief, Emaho Magazine