Spotlight Awards 2020: a competition with a unique focus for advertising talent


Production Paradise is happy to announce the launch of  Spotlight Awards 2020 – a competition with a unique focus for advertising talent. More than 60 advertising judges review the 2020 Spotlight Awards.

Fujifilm Spain is the new main sponsor of the awards, that holds its 3rd edition and will distribute more than $30,000 in prizes.

This is the 3rd edition of the awards, the only photo competition that has created a judge’s panel that is solely filled with potential clients for commercial photographers. Judges like Paul Stechmesser (Manager – Design of The Coca-Cola Company), Julie Rosenoff (Manager & Art Producer at HAVAS), Kieran Delaney (Creative Director at McCann Health), Brendan Donnelly (Creative Director at M&C Saatchi), and Kristin Mellqvist (Director of Creative Shoot & Production at Adidas), among many others, will be choosing the winners who will be announced in early October 2020 – this competition might just be the most global online portfolio review a photographer could ever have!

“Our Spotlight Awards give the opportunity to talented photographers to be directly visible to more than 50 of some of the most influential creative decision-makers around the globe. That is exactly what Production Paradise is all about – great imagery in front of great creatives,” says Mariela von Estorff, CEO of Production Paradise.

Photographers may submit imagery in 15 professional categories:

  • Advertising
  • Architecture & Interiors
  • Beauty
  • Cars
  • CGI
  • Corporate & Industrial
  • Fashion
  • Food & Drink
  • Kids
  • Lingerie & Swimwear
  • People & Lifestyle
  • Portrait & Celebrity
  • Sport
  • Still Life
  • Travel & Documentary

The CGI category has been included this year for the first time, to acknowledge the growing role of computer-generated imagery in the advertising world. In the current COVID-19 crisis, CGI is an alternative to traditional photography in advertising campaigns, as it can be created in isolation. Lingerie & Swimwear is also new to the list this year.

Each category will have a single winner and all 50+ judges will choose a Grand Prize winner from the professional category winners. There are over $30,000 worth of prizes, throughout 15 categories, with a chance for one photographer to win $9,000 in prizes, including $5000 cash.

2019 winners included Daniele Colucciello, Grand Prize and Sport Winner; Julien Barbes, Fashion Winner; Lucila Blumencweig, Kids Winner; Brett Stanley, Advertising Winner; and Tina Sturzenegger, Food & Drink Winner, among other prestigious photographers.

This year, we welcome Fujifilm Spain as the Awards’ main sponsor. This year’s Grand Prize winner will receive a brand new Fujifilm X100V camera, with the new 23mmF2.0 lens that has been enhanced for better resolution, lower distortion and improves close focus performance.

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