Two months of submissions. Over 10,000 entries from all over the world. We saw impressive sky views of Bogota, the night lit up in Hong Kong, and architectural feats from Barcelona. You gave us your interpretation of the London Eye, the Hollywood sign, and the Chicago Globe. And we loved them all.
Narrowing down these entries was quite the feat. Working with our local city organizers, we selected the top images from each city. Then, we gave them over to our judging panel. Culling from the expertise of Dan Rubin, Colombian photographer Mauricio Velez, social media leader Todor Krecu, and founder of StickyGram Kejia Zhu and Social Media Week’s founder Toby Daniels, we narrowed down our top 15.
But one image stood out and spoke to us, not just as a reflection of the uniqueness of the city, but also as a powerful reminder that the global movement towards open and transparent communication has roots in historical events of the past.
The winning photograph was taken by Björn Köcher’s and has the words ”The World is Too Small for Walls” written on a replica of a piece of the Berlin Wall. Erected in 1961 to separate the communist controlled East Berlin from West Berlin, The Berlin Wall symbolized separation and division, a notion which to us serves as a powerful reminder of how far we have come and importance of technology and social media in helping to fight oppression and injustice.
We also wanted to honor two images that stood out as Most Iconic and Most Artistic, from London and Barcelona, respectively. With so many amazing images, we could not overlook these two important components, and these two images really captured those spirits.
Please join us in congratulating Björn, and all the finalists. You can see the top selections and our honorable mentions here. Each of our city winners will be receiving a prize pack from our partners, including items from Stickygram, Castegram, MoPho, Keepsy and Kanvess. If you are an Instagram user or love mobile photography, you’ll want to check out these guys. They turn your images into some cool stuff.
A big thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing social media through your eyes this September!