The Top 13 Photographers of 2019: Spotlight Photography Awards Winners Announced!


We are stoked to announce the winners of our annual photo contest Spotlight Awards 2019! Curious to know who are the top 13 commercial photographers of 2019? Read more to find out!

Our prestigious jury for this year’s photography awards comprised of high-level international creative directors, art buyers and editors from key advertising agencies, brands & magazines that picked their top favorites from thousands of incredible entries that were received from all around the world — 120 photographers and their imagery was shortlisted from over 22 countries and one winner was picked in each of the 13 professional photography categories. A Grand Prize Winner was selected as the highest voted image by our judges from different categories.

Big thanks to everyone that made the 2019 Spotlight Awards possible — our amazing judgessponsors and all the remarkable photographers who participated! We would like to congratulate all our winners, especially Daniele Colucciello from the United Kingdom, who has won the Grand Prize with his Sports Photography shot. Scroll below to see this year’s winners and their winning images!

Grand Prize and Sports Photography category winner: Daniele Colucciello (United Kingdom)

Portrait Photography category winner: Hugo Santarem Rodrigues (Brazil)

Advertising Photography category winner: Brett Stanley (United States)

Kids Photography category winner: Lucila Blumencweig (Argentina) 

People & Lifestyle Photography category winner: Garrod Kirkwood (United Kingdom)

Travel, Documentary & Landscape Photography category winner: Gil Bartz (Germany)

Beauty Photography category winner: Dave Hynes (Canada)

Corporate & Industrial Photography category winner: Tadd Myers (United States)

Still Life Photography category winner: Benton Collins (United States)

Food & Drink Photography category winner: Tina Sturzenegger (Switzerland)

Architecture & Interiors Photography category winner: Ema Peter (Canada)

Fashion Photography category winner: Julien Barbès (Germany)

Cars Photography category winner: Sébastien Mauroy (Spain)

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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