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.
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..
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.