The Winners of Spotlight Awards for Photographic Excellence are Announced!


We are thrilled to announce the winners of our very first annual Spotlight Awards for Photographic Excellence!!!

Our prestigious jury composed of the top level ad agency art buyers, CDs, brands and editors of international magazines, have chosen their favourites from thousands of incredible entries. There is one winner for each professional category and two special categories, and a Grand Prize Winner, selected from the most voted images by our judges in each category.


Big thanks to our judges, sponsors and all the photographers who participated in our Spotlight Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and especially to Antonis Engrafou, from Cyprus, who has won the Grand Prize for his portrait “The Priest”.

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 CDs, art buyers, client creatives and marketing professionals from brands to editors at some of the most well-known magazines in the world.

Feedback from some of the judges:

“It’s so great to see many talented photographers not just taking an interest in combining commercial sensibilities with art, but that a good number of them presented powerful images of the human condition, reflecting the world we live in, in all its complex beauty and the sometimes hard truths.” Sophia Leong, Head of Creative Studio at Starbucks

”I loved a lot of the work that was shown. I based my selection on technical difficulty, the freshness of composition and personal preference. I would love to have the winners list for future reference.” James Li, Art Buyer, McCann

“Thanks to the Spotlight Awards we can have a sort of communication, between photographers and the creatives that hire them – it’s a meeting point for us, and I find that very interesting. For me, it will be a way to discover new photographers that I may not be able to find anywhere else. Photographers get bigger exposure, they get people to know their work, the same way Production Paradise works – they are aiming specifically at people that are potential clients, creatives, art directors – people that are constantly looking for new talent. I am always looking for new talent and I really love the fact that Spotlight Awards are looking from the perspective of the buyers, the creatives in agencies. This is a meeting between people on both sides of this industry, people that need each other and love each other!” Paula Sabater, Havas Worldwide

See the winners lists below and the winning images here.

Grand Prize and Portrait Photography category winner: Antonis Engrafou
Fashion Photography category winner: Tim Hulme
People& Lifestyle Photography category winner: Todd Antony
Sport Photography category winner: Sam Bénard
Kids Photography winner: Isabel Pinto
Corporate & Industrial Photography category winner: Andy Mahr
Beauty Photography category winner: Timothy Saccenti
Food & Drink Photography category winner: Gokce Erenmemisoglu
Still Life Photography category winner: Aaron Tilley Photography
Advertising Photography category winner: Kai Bastard
Travel, Documentary & Landscape Photography category winner: Kristofer Dan-Bergman
Cars Photography category winner: Patrik Johall
Architecture & Interiors Photography category winner: Florian W. Müller
Student / Emerging Talent category winner: Evelyn Bencicova
Shot on mobile category winner: Eric Davidove

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


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