The Hipstography Awards 2016 – The Ceremony

By on February 4, 2017


Over 50 series were nominated in the Grand Prizes Awards category although only 10 will receive an Award. In most categories the Jury managed to quickly determine the winners, but there were a few of them who had instant crushes on certain photos. These were the opportunity for the jury members to recognize an artist or a particular series with a their own Special Award. Some of them were spoiled…



From Graeme Roy

To Ger van den Elzen for his Combo #468


Concerning his series: "Ger van den Elzen’s use of this combo in conjunction with the subject matter is an incredible and magical fit. His photos indeed invoke the feeling of the great Dutch landscape master painters, capturing a beautiful inner glow that leads the eye to the careful composition and majestic tones. Rolling fields coupled with romantic skies and keen composition make this a winning combination all around. The excellent execution of both form and content deserves a Special Award."
Graeme Roy


Combo #468 by Ger van den Elzen

Lens:  Jane 
Film:  Love 81 (50%) 
Flash:  Triple Crown 
Clarity: 25 • Definition: 25 • Highlights: -50 • Shadows: +30 • Vibrancy: 10
(The combo can be downloaded on this page)


"This series is an ode to the great Dutch landscape painters, back in the 17th century. Where they used brush and canvas, I use the iPhone 6s and Hipstamatic. Somehow the way of looking at things in nature is still the same and the final result sometimes looks like a 'digital' painting."
Ger van den Elzen



From Patrick Baz

To Sebastian Oskar Kroll for his Combo #488


Concerning his series: "I liked the 'graphic design' approach mixed with photography. The atmosphere, the new approach, the composition and the freshness of the images."
Patrick Baz


Combo #488 by Sebastian Oskar Kroll

Lens:  Johannes 
Film:  Strausberg 


"Kreuzberg is actually one of the most interesting districts in Berlin to me. Till 1989, it was directly adjacent to the Berlin Wall; not one of the better locations of the city, in other words. Lots of houses were empty, but after the German Reunion, it turned into a playground for squatters, artists, musicians, and people with other ideas about living in a capital city. Twenty seven years later, you still can smell the spirit of this era. A lot of people from all over the world still come and live here, together, in relatively small area.
I love the diversity of the people who live here. Although I'm not in line with all of the decisions made regarding integration, I do believe we all meet at eye level. And that's why Kreuzberg is such beautiful place. To me it means freedom. From the underground train, riding above ground, to the street art on the investment buildings, to the incognito bars and clubs. You have to discover it for yourself."

Sebastian Oskar Kroll


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