London-based photographer and director Samuel Hick’s picture ‘Ollie’ has been awarded the Grand Prize this year, as well as the People & Lifestyle Photography category. ‘’I met Ollie through a friend and thought he’d be really great for this portrait. I’ve been thinking about the environment a lot and wanted to shoot a series of images that touch on the subject of rewilding. As if the sitter has created their own personal wild space,’’- says Samuel. 

Our biggest congratulations to Samuel Hicks for winning first place in People & Lifestyle Photography category and the Grand Prize!  Also, big applause to the amazing photographers for winning first place in their categories!

Huge thanks to all the participants who submitted thousands of beautiful images, our generous sponsors, and of course our esteemed panel of judges, who had a really hard time selecting the best images. We invite you to check out the winning images' gallery and the top 10 shortlisted images of each category.

Now in its sixth edition, the Spotlight Awards focus on advertising photography. This unique event not only targets commercial photography but also has a panel of more than 50 judges made up exclusively of industry experts and potential clients. Some of the top creatives from the most influential brands, ad agencies and magazines in the world took the time to pick out the best of the Spotlight Awards talents. This year, they had to select their winners among thousands of entries.

This year Production Paradise has included a new category: AI Image Developing & Creating category in the Spotlight Awards. It has invited creatives to develop or create stunning images using any AI tools. Serbia-based creator Doopiidoo has won the category with his image ‘’Jamar’’

Nicole Hardt, Lead Art Director at C&A, Spotlight Awards Judge: ‘’The Spotlight Awards brings professionals from different corners of the creative world together. As an Art Director, I can take advantage of this event to network with agents, production agencies, and other key players. In our digital era, the value of in-person meetings has significantly increased and makes this occasion very valuable.’’

Judges like Chris Little (Group Creative Director at Ogilvy, Australia), Joane Banks (Photo Editor, at The Economist, UK), Soham Chatterjee (Global Creative/Creative Lead at Meta, USA), Alejandro Rattenbach (Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy, Mexico), and Kayahan Uluş (Advertising Coordinator at Turkish Airlines, Turkey), among many others,  have chosen the winners – this competition might just be the most global online portfolio review a photographer could ever have.

Grand Prize and People & Lifestyle Winner: Samuel Hicks, UK
Advertising Winner: Anatol Gottfried, Germany
AI, Image Developing & Creating Winner: Doopiidoo, Serbia
Cars Winner: Oguz Doruk Barin, Turkey
Architecture & Interiors Winner: Mark Scott, UK
Corporate & Industrial Winner: Ned Meldrum, Australia
Beauty Winner: Per Appelgren, Germany
Fashion Winner: Mirjam Kluka, Switzerland
Sport Winner: Sacha Stejko, New Zealand
Food & Drink Winner: Andy Grimshaw, UK
Kids Winner: Camilla Rutherford, New Zealand
Travel, Documentary & Landscapes Winner: Manuel Kottersteger, Italy
Portrait & Celebrity Winner: Jack Margerison, UK
Still Life Winner: Nathan Kraxberger, USA