EyeEm Reveals Stats on its Photography Festival and Competition

2014 EyeEm Festival & Awards Photo 4

It’s been just under two months since EyeEM announced it’s photo competition and it’s already collated some interesting stats from the mass of entries so far. The mobile imaging platform, community, and stock image marketplace reports most common type of image it has received thus far have been landscapes, portraits, square Instagram-esque frames, other, and lastly panoramas.

EyeEm also noted that origin of most of the photos entered into the competition come from Berlin closely followed by New York City and then Arad. Interestingly the top 10 countries meanwhile swap places with the United States topping the charts, then Germany and the United Kingdom. While statistics aren’t super interesting, they could be useful for photographers looking to make themselves unique from the rest of the competition (hint: take a photo of something other than a landscape of Berlin).

The competition is still open to new entries until August 1st. Photographer interested in entering only need to worry about producing pictures that EyeEm calls “real photography” as the range of categories span “The Portraitist, Street Photographer, Illuminators, Storytellers, Stylists,” and many more. After the closing date for entries a panel of judges including photography experts from The Verge, Huffington Post, and The Phoblographer’s very own Chris Gampat will select the winners.

The winning photos will be published in a book and put on display during the EyeEm festival in Berlin. Following the big event, the exhibition will travel around the world to Cologne, NYC, San Francisco, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, London, Rio, and Melbourne. Check past the break for more statistics and images from the competition.

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Samsung is Letting You Trade Your Old DSLR for a Brand New NX30 at New York’s Times Square

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX30 first impressions photos (7 of 11)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Tired of lugging around your full-sized DSLR around? Samsung hears your groans and on June 4th it’s hosting a Ditch Day event at New York City‘s Times Square, letting everyone trade in their bulky mirror flipping camera for a mirrorless one. The free event is being held next week from 12PM to 6PM and it will let everyone try out Samsung’s full line of cameras from the Galaxy Camera 2, NX Mini, NX30, and NX3000.

Samsung hopes to showcase what its mirrorless cameras can with a set of slot cars racing down a speedway. Photographers can also partake in high-resolution selfies with the NX Mini and panoramic shots to create wide, sweeping images of Times Square.

Visitors so taken aback by the quality of Samsung’s mirrorless cameras will even be able to trade in their DSLRs for a new Samsung NX30 camera coupled with the 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 OIS lens. Additionally attendees could receive a $50 rebate towards the purchase of a Samsung NX camera when they pledge to #DitchtheDSLR on Twitter.

Interesting, huh?

7 Tips for Competing in Photo Contests


Part of a photographer’s growth is simply getting their work out there and one of the means to do that are photo contests. Though having a website and/or a blog helps establish a presence on the web, it means very little if no one knows you exist. With new photographers rising up like poppies on the way to Oz, it becomes an increasing challenge to get noticed. This is where entering a contest can make a difference.

Though recognition is always nice, you should know what you are expecting from it. Winning a contest won’t result in fame and fortune, but it can begin the process of getting your work in front of people, some of whom may eventually provide opportunities as you continue to produce exceptional work. You should see it as a process that will not only provide your imagery some exposure, but may also help play a role in your development as a photographer. Here are some tips that may help you when considering and entering contests.

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