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15-yr-old's gorgeous photographs are pure magic

15-yr-old's gorgeous photographs are pure magic

The Illusionist - 2014 EyeEm Awards Supersize Yourself with Whitewall. Photo taken from HuffPost
The Illusionist - 2014 EyeEm Awards Supersize Yourself with Whitewall. Photo taken from The Huffington Post

Fifteen-year-old David Uzochukwu recently won the 2014 EyeEm Photographer of the Year award, beating out 15,000 competitors with his powerful, ethereal photos, reports The Huffington Post.

Incorporated the last picture in this one. Selfportrait, 2013. Photo taken from The Huffington Post
Incorporated the last picture in this one. Selfportrait, 2013. Photo taken from The Huffington Post

Here's the Austrian teen's winning photo, titled “Cry Me a River”:

This striking self-portrait was part of a personal project last summer, during which David committed to taking one photograph a day. David told The Huffington Post in an email that "working on a tight deadline and being unable to always plan ahead forced me to get creative.” Of course, it helps that he clearly has the eye for what makes a powerful photo, as can be seen below.

At Flughafen Berlin Tempelhof in Berlin, Germany. Photo taken from The Huffington Post
At Flughafen Berlin Tempelhof in Berlin, Germany. Photo taken from The Huffington Post

David's EyeEm award won him a stay in a five-star Berlin hotel and the opportunity to present and discuss his photography at September's 2014 EyeEm Festival. He documented his trip to Berlin as only an award - winning photographer could.

Self-portrait. Supersize Yourself with Whitewall. Photo taken from The Huffington Post
Self-portrait. Supersize Yourself with Whitewall. Photo taken from The Huffington Post

David’s been pursuing his love of photography for five years, and he’s been taking these amazing self-portraits for two years.

The Illusionist - 2014 EyeEm Awards first eyeem photo Supersize Yourself with Whitewall What does Peace look like to you? Photo taken from The Huffington Post
The Illusionist - 2014 EyeEm Awards first eyeem photo Supersize Yourself with Whitewall What does Peace look like to you? Photo taken from The Huffington Post

From the moment David started taking photographs, he was hooked. HuffPost reports quoting him that "the passion that I felt the first time I consciously took photos is the same I feel today.”

A portrait made in LA of US. Photo taken from The Huffington Post
A portrait made in LA of US. Photo taken from The Huffington Post

David doesn't have to look far for new ideas. "I'm inspired by everything around me -- light, people, stories, art." Here, he shows how the right lighting can create magic.

The Illusionist - 2014 EyeEm Awards. Photo taken from The Huffington Post
The Illusionist - 2014 EyeEm Awards. Photo taken from The Huffington Post

Though these photographs clearly require mad skill, David says the most important thing an aspiring photographer can do is just pick up the camera. “Shoot a lot!" he adds. "You'll find out what you like and what you don't, and learn something new about photography every time you pick up your camera."

Feeling inspired to take some photos? Just don't commit David's biggest iPhone photo faux-pas: Using flash when it's light outside. “Turn that flash off. Please.”

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