So, 2018. It’s been an interesting year. We started it off welcoming new members Lukas Vasilikos and Gustavo Minas. In June, founding members Andrew Kochanowski and TC Lin led a workshop in San Francisco as part of the annual StreetFoto festival.

July saw TC Lin and Barry Talis join Rammy Narula in his native Thailand for a workshop as part of the Bangkok Street Photography Festival there.

A large portion of our membership had work in EyeShot’s first print publication, as a few of us were judges in the Miami Street Photography festival. Several BME members were finalists in the Brussels Street Photography Festival, but Barry Talis won the top honor for a series there, and Lukas Vasilikos winning the Public Prize. Barry also placed 2nd in the LensCulture street photography contest, and obtaining Series of the Year in “Local Testimony” which is Israel’s biggest documentary competition and exhibition.

In October Zisis Kardianos won the best photobook award at the DotArt competition, which is part of the annual Trieste Photo Days festival, for his book “In Limbo”.As a result, a second, revised edition of the book was published.

Throughout the year we’ve been engaging with photographers from around the world in a series of interviews published on our site and social media, and we also produced two videos, “Bad Trip” and “Beastiarium” featuring collective edits of our work, with production help of Thai photographer Kanrapee Chokpaiboon.

Publicly or privately, we’ve all been working on our own projects, articles, trips, workshops and exhibitions throughout the year, and we look forward to what comes to light in 2019.

Here are some of our favorite shots from this year. Happy New Year to you all.

-BME

“See, they're currently in alien terrain, surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet. Humans". This quote by the writer J.K. Rowling extracted from her book "Fantastic beats and where to find them", we think that perfectly summarises the concept behind our steam of consciousness edit that has shaped our selection of images for "Bestiarium" among the work of "Burn My Eye" photographers.

“Bad Trip” is the latest video from the growing international photography collective Burn My Eye in the face of our latest version of reality, using our diverse array of voices and visions to decipher the interplay between the reality we admit into our thoughts and the bizarre fantasy we suspect is hiding just behind it, waiting to either take us by the hand or grab us by the collar, because this is one trip none of us can get out of."