The Award Goes To

8 photos1st Miguel Cabezas (Spain)

Miguel finds his inspiration on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea. For him, going out with a camera to photograph craggy rocks and seascapes becomes almost vital exercise: moments of retirement and experimentation. His work is mostly in black and white, opening the door to the expression of creativity, looking for structure in the landscape and reveling in the sheer pleasure of generating images with an unspoiled beauty and refined elegance. In this series a particular relationship and love for the sea can be perceived, captured at various points of the spectacular Cantabrian coast from the French west to the Atlantic coast of Galicia. Long exposures made with the use of neutral density filters plunge us into a dreamlike tranquility.

8 photos2nd Eberhard Ehmke (Germany)

Four seasons from above. Beehives in the midst of a blossoming orchard during springtime. A farmer harvesting the corn on a sunny afternoon in autumn. And snow covered trees in a winter forest crossed by the black asphalt of an immaculate road to some distant village. Eberhard Ehmke has visualized the seasons in the countryside from a bird's eye view. Placing his camera on a drone. the amateur photographer from Schlüchtern in Hesse decided to show the beauty of Germany from above. His mix of the almost archaic landscape with agricultural topographics places his series beyond the depiction of pure aesthetics. Ehmke's images epitomize the current trend towards aerial views of our surroundings and take a long-term perspective.

8 photos3rd Martin Rak (Czech Republic)

I was born in 1984 in Prague, and have been living there all my life. I got my first camera from my grandfather when I was six and since then I have been interested in photography. However, I have only been taking photographs seriously since 2009, when I bought my first digital SLR camera. I enjoy spending my free time in nature or traveling, so I mostly practice landscape photography, but I like shooting nature and architecture as well. I have recently been more attracted to black and white photography, which together with long exposures allows me to drift away from the real world and realize my creative intention.

Photo Contest

By founding six years ago the EISA Photo Maestro the European Imaging and Sound Association wanted to encourage both amateur and semi-professional photographers creating series of pictures who are connected to each other. This means that photographers are challenged to think in a documentary way but is of course on an as free as possible mode, to give its own interpretation to the theme of the year.

With themes like ‘Water’, ‘Transport’ and ‘My Country’ the EISA Maestro became already soon after the first start quite popular. And of course that the attraction of the international winners is definitely enhanced by the prize money, the trophy and the trip to Berlin to attend the Maestro Award Ceremony, and above all by receiving the prestigious title of Photo Maestro of the Year.

Also, they do get not only a large national coverage with the publication of the winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize series in the EISA Photography magazine of the photographer’s country, but finally an overall publication of the international 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner in all 15 EISA photography magazines in Europe, reaching the best audience a photographer can get!

And this year, the first time, the visitors of the Facebook page of EISA will have a chance to vote and make their personal choice of the EISA Maestro Photographer since all the results of the national winners will be online on this page.