Hello everyone! Before we are finally announcing what’s happening on eyeem.com in the following days, we wanted to invite you to take a deep breath with us and look back at some exciting weeks. 3000+ submissions, 144 shortlists, 14 runner-ups, 1 winner…later, we are even more convinced that mobile photography, as a medium, has the potential to conquer the global art scene and make it as an independent art form. EYE’EM started as a blog a couple of months ago and we are absolutely amazed to which level YOU guys have pushed this movement so far! Therefore a big thank you from our side. WE believe that this is just the beginning! To give you, especially those of you who couldn’t come to Berlin, an idea of what happened at our exhibition, lean back, scrawl down and enjoy!

June, the 22nd finally arrived: After weeks of preparation, excitement, discussions, viewing and comparing thousands of photos, EYE’EM proudly presents the best of at Schlechtriem Brothes Gallery in Berlin Mitte. The opening event counts more than 300 international guests.

The set up: a shortlist of the best 144 award submissions is presented on a photo wall in the first room. Besides being able to view the printed best 144 on the wall, guests can skim through the shortlist on a “old-school faked touch-screen” which actually is an old computer screen on a pedestal connected to a movement sensor that allows to flip through the photos. In the second room guests find the selection of the best 15 photos on high quality prints. It is of course here, that the winning photo  “Alone” by Nicolas Arcay Bermejo is portrayed and prettifies a whole wall. On the next wall a beamer is showing the shortlist and visitors are given the opportunity to engage interactively by changing the projected image through their own stride.

Within three days the exhibition attracts many very different crowds ranging from students to creative directors. Some of the winning artists like Dominique from Bern (who you know from an earlier interview: EYE’EM FEAT. DOMINIQUE JOST, April 9th), Marissa from Norway, Sandra from Italy, Laura with her family from Malta and James from the UK came to Berlin to see this exhibition. But also random people are finding their way in, getting impressed and stimulated by the quality and talent behind those mind-blowing photographs. Strangers are coming together, enjoying the photographs that make up this fresh art movement and engage in discussions about their favorite images.

After the last day of the exhibition on June 25th, EYE’EM fans join together for a last party at the club PICKNICK where even the dj booth becomes an artistic center. More photos are projected on a big screen, while the crowd drifts away to the vibrant electronic music of LPLD, Florian Andres, Lorenz Maybe, Nadja von Herder and Engtanzkavalier. A fantastic and relaxed atmosphere filled with new conversations about mobile photography and lots of great inspirations to take a new shot.

In this sense thanks for coming, please continue sharing unique photos with us and stay tuned for the upcoming projects!

Your EYE’EM Team!