The Hipstography Awards 2016 – The Ceremony

By on February 4, 2017


Part 1: The Combos of the Year


The main goal of Hipstography is to show off the power and diversity of Hipstamatic, and that can be found in the "Combos" section. The 12 new HipstaPaks, released in 2016, mean that there are now 115.000 possible combos, and that’s not counting the dozens of parameters in Pro Mode, which all have the potential to change the results dramatically. Among the hundreds of combos that appeared on Hipstography over the past year, here are the 5 series that got top marks in their category.


Combo #483 by Kally Klonaris

Lens:  Jimmy 
Film:  Indio 
Flash:  Purple Raindrops Gel 
Clarity: 12 • Definition: 10 • Tones Curves: modified
(The combo can be downloaded on this page)


"I created this combo during my recent summer holiday in Greece. I've been visiting Greece regularly, from the time I was a little girl. There is a particular feeling that you get there, which inspired this, what I like to call, fun pop art style. It is a very unique combo in the sense that each photo varies greatly, depending on the light, so there are always interesting surprises."
Kally Klonaris



Combo #446 by Deep Ghosh

Lens:  Murray (50) 
Film:  Uchitel 20 
Flash:  Standard 
Exposure: -0.2 • Clarity: 25 • Definition: 32 • Highlights: -36 • Texture: 60 • vignette: 50
(The combo can be downloaded on this page)


"This series is a collection of moments from my trips around the suburbs of Kolkata, and in some parts of rural Bengal, where I travel often for concerts. I wanted to create a raw monochrome palette, that is reminiscent of interior Bengal - once outside the city, the world looks, smells and feels different. The monochrome allowed me to concentrate on the nature of the terrain and its people, without getting distracted by the overpowering sense of colour we were immersed in. This series is a tribute to the passion of black and white narrative."
Deep Ghosh



Combo #447 by Brett Evan Gross

Lens:  Doris 
Film:  Cheshire 


"Ho Chi Minh is hot and sweaty, while the Vietnamese countryside is lush. I loved hanging out in the city, where people are extremely friendly and know how to relax amidst the city-chaos. I only got a bit of the countryside this time: Quy Nhon and Hoi An. While the Doris lens is a challenge because it’s rather dark, sunshine brings out incredible detail and shadows add a bit of drama. Cheshire, my new favorite, gives the photos a gritty energy. I can’t wait to get back to Vietnam for a short trip next month!"
Brett Evan Gross



Combo #441 by Guido Cubo Quadro

Lens:  Foxy 
Film:  Cheshire 


"I’ve always been fascinated by 'painterly effects', which is why I have taken a liking to the Cheshire film. I love the frame but the textured effect is a bit too strong to my liking, so I first did some testing. I edited a few pictures in Oggl and a few more with Hipstamatic 311 to soften the effects, and paired Cheshire with one of my favorite lenses, Foxy."
Guido Cubo Quadro



Combo #500 by Polina Sarri

Lens:  Beard 
Film:  Bream 
Highlights: -90 • Shadows: +100
(The combo can be downloaded on this page)


"Reminiscent of David Hockney"

"The only thing I have in common with artist David Hockney is his birthplace, Bradford. A city in West Yorkshire, England, where I stayed during my postgraduate studies. The surrounding countryside is astonishing and during my frequent excursions, I deeply felt what he said: "The enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill".
Apart from that though, I admire his talent and the way he expresses himself through different mediums. The use of bright colours, his realistic approach to painting with polaroids as part of a narrative story, as well as his photo-collages, always inspired me. During an editing session of summer photos with the Coleford Hipstapak, which is crisp and high in contrast, I pushed the highlights and shadows almost to their limit. As a result, I discovered a whole new perspective for the Beard lens creating an almost painterly feeling. The surrounding white frame of the Bream film seems like the perfect match. The flat and brilliant colours, and the lack of detail in the edited photos, brought my vision of Hockney’s work so much closer to home, thus the name of the series. This combo is a feast for the blues, so the pictures with large spaces of water and sky turned out to be my favourites."

Polina Sarri


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