Our Top 15 Photographers of 2020: Spotlight Photography Awards Winners Announced!


The most awaited moment has finally arrived!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Spotlight Photography Awards 2020! Keep reading to find out about our 15 winners!

We would like to thank everyone that made the 2020 Spotlight Awards possible amid the Covid-19. A special thanks to our wonderful panel of judges (comprised of high-level international creative directors, art buyers, and editors from well-known advertising agencies, brands & magazines) that picked their top favorites, from thousands of incredible entries, for each of our 15 professional photography categories— Our sponsors for the amazing prize pool worth over $30,000.00. Finally, a big thanks to all the remarkable photographers who participated from all around the world!

Our hearty congratulations to all the winners, especially Zay Yar Lin from Myanmar (Burma), who has won the Grand Prize with his Travel, Documentary & Landscape Photography shot. Scroll below to see this year’s winners and their winning images!


Travel, Documentary & Landscape Category Winner: Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar)


People & Lifestyle Category Winner: Alberto Venzago (Switzerland)


Sports Category Winner: Lucho Vidales (Spain)


Fashion Category Winner: Astrid Obert (Germany)


Portraiture & Celebrity Category Winner: Bas van Est (Netherlands)


Advertising Category Winner: Michael Wharley (United Kingdom)


Cars Category Winner: Patrik Johall (Sweden)


Beauty Category Winner: Julio Bárcena (Spain)


CGI Category Winner: BOOM CGI, rep by JSR (United Kingdom)


Food & Drink Category Winner: Sabine Scheer (Germany)


Still Life Category Winner: Yaroslav Danylchenko (Ukraine)


Kids Category Winner: Julia Bostock (United Kingdom)


Architecture & Interiors Category Winner: David Mitchener (Australia)


Corporate & Industrial Category Winner: Diego Cappella (United States)


Lingerie & Swimwear Category Winner: Nikos Papadopoulos, rep. by ThisIsNotAnotherAgency* (Greece)


The Spotlight Awards is a competition with a unique focus on professional commercial photographers. No other awards have created a judge’s panel that is solely filled with their potential clients – agency creative directors, art buyers, client creatives, and marketing professionals from top brands to editors at some of the most well-known magazines in the world.

Production Paradise will issue a special edition of Spotlight Magazine featuring all the winners and publish a series of interviews to give more insights about these award-winning photographers and their images. Make sure you stay tuned to our blog and subscribe to our Spotlight Magazines to not miss out!

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