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EyeEm photography Awards 2017. My favorite photos and opinion.

Last year I wrote about my favorite photos from all the 100 nominations over 5 categories. To be honest, I was quite surprised to be nominated for that picture. Only after it was selected I started looking for why the expert judges liked it, my understanding is that for a non staged photo it was quite well balanced and composed. It was so centrally composed that it was precisely the reason I didn't like it much. I look forward to compose in ways that's not classical, fortunately or unfortunately that picture is.

This year again I am pleasantly surprised to have been nominated for this particular picture since I had submitted other pictures too. I had really worked around to get that picture during the Vidai ceremony of the wedding. Once I got back home and checked the whole album I was soon over it and preferred other picture over this one. But thanks to EyeEm and the judges, it will always be a prominent picture in my portfolio. Here's the story and the write up I sent after being selected as a finalist.

The final moments of a Hindu wedding in Etawah, India. Traditionally, the bride leaves her parents’ house to live with her husband’s family. It is symbolic as the end of her being a child of the family since she takes on the duties of a wife and a daughter in law in her new house. Many Indian brides cry uncontrollably during ceremony as they know their relationship with their parents will change forever.

The final moments of a Hindu wedding in Etawah, India. Traditionally, the bride leaves her parents’ house to live with her husband’s family. It is symbolic as the end of her being a child of the family since she takes on the duties of a wife and a daughter in law in her new house. Many Indian brides cry uncontrollably during ceremony as they know their relationship with their parents will change forever.

 

EyeEm has always had a way with curation, their selection feels very new age and inspiring, a far cry from the repetitive and imitative feeds of Instagram. Here are my favorites from the total of 100 finalists across five categories and a little information with them wherever available..

A fire in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The fire triggered the highest alarm level and affected hundreds of families. Photo by John Jerome E. Ganzon

A fire in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The fire triggered the highest alarm level and affected hundreds of families.

Photo by John Jerome E. Ganzon

A smoky alleyway hidden somewhere in Central Kolkata, India. Photo by Maciej Dakowicz

A smoky alleyway hidden somewhere in Central Kolkata, India.

Photo by Maciej Dakowicz

Street Photography by Mubariz Khan

Street Photography by Mubariz Khan

Photo taken in Shinjuku (Tokyo, Japan) by Junhan F

Photo taken in Shinjuku (Tokyo, Japan) by Junhan F

Street photography by Pau Buscató

Street photography by Pau Buscató

Inside the clinic for infectious and tropic diseases in Belgrade, during a one month stay in the hospital. The series documents the interior of a healthcare institution from a patient’s perspective. Photo by: Ivana Tesic

Inside the clinic for infectious and tropic diseases in Belgrade, during a one month stay in the hospital. The series documents the interior of a healthcare institution from a patient’s perspective.

Photo by:

Ivana Tesic

Playing on Than Sadet Beach in Thailand. by SIMONGruenenwald

Playing on Than Sadet Beach in Thailand. by SIMONGruenenwald

On June 18, 2016, “La Batalla de Campeonas” was held, the first all-female boxing card. The stellar fight was the defense of Mayerling's title “La Monita” Rivas against Melania “Chony” Sorroche. Photo by Clara González

On June 18, 2016, “La Batalla de Campeonas” was held, the first all-female boxing card. The stellar fight was the defense of Mayerling's title “La Monita” Rivas against Melania “Chony” Sorroche.
Photo by

Clara González

FIrefighters. Photo by Ateneo Sta Ines

FIrefighters.

Photo by

Ateneo Sta Ines

Photo by MICHAEL MOELLER
The Street Photographer ANGKUL

The Street Photographer ANGKUL

I wish best of luck to all the finalist, and congratulate them for being selected out of the 5,90,000 entries. These a pictures inspire me, and I am sure, other photographers too, to get out of their home and take more photographs. To feel the joy of creating, the joy we get from other people's work, and finding it in our own lives.