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THE VP AWARDS 2020

Welcome to the inaugural Virtual Photography Awards, celebrating the best in consumer photo modes from 2020.

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With over 1,850 votes submitted, thank you for having your say on the Game Industry Photo Mode Award categories and recognising the contributions from development studios over the past year and beyond. The votes have now been counted and verified, so it is exciting to be able to announce the first ever winners of The VP Awards...

GAME INDUSTRY PHOTO MODE AWARD

WINNERS 2020

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MOST INNOVATIVE FEATURES

Thanks largely to its unique use of wind within an animated photo mode environment and wide array of particle effects, you decided that Sucker Punch's samurai adventure brought things to life with the most innovative virtual photography features of the year.

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Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales
Cyberpunk 2077
Nioh 2
Manifold Garden
Mortal Shell
Ghost of Tsushima
Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales
Cyberpunk 2077
Nioh 2
Manifold Garden
Mortal Shell

πŸ₯‡ (39.9 %) - Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch Productions

πŸ₯ˆ (33.6 %) - Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Insomniac Games

πŸ₯‰ (10.4 %) - Cyberpunk 2077, CD PROJEKT RED

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BEST LIGHTING

With the best 3-point studio lighting implementation seen to date, and exceptional control over the intensity, elevation and direction of natural light too, it is Insomniac Games' latest web slinger that you decided offered the best lighting for virtual photography in 2020.

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Ghost of Tsushima
The Last of Us Part II
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Cyberpunk 2077
Watch Dogs Legion
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πŸ₯‡ (45.5 %) - Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Insomniac Games

πŸ₯ˆ (17.7 %) - Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch Productions

πŸ₯‰ (15.0 %) - The Last of Us Part II, Naughty Dog

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BEST PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBJECT

The ever popular super hero was always going to be a virtual photographer's favourite and Miles didn't disappoint with even more character and a whole host of fantastically detailed suits that meant you voted him to be the best photographic subject of the year.

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Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales Miles.
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πŸ₯‡ (30.2 %) - Miles Morales, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

πŸ₯ˆ (23.9 %) - Ellie, The Last of Us Part II

πŸ₯‰ (12.5 %) - V, Cyberpunk 2077

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BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Having regularly engaged with the virtual photography community since 2017, Guerrilla Games have kept up the support over the last year with multiple contests and giveaways, regular artwork features and of course by bringing Horizon Zero Dawn to more players and photographers on PC.

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Ubisoft
Control Remedy
CD PROJEKT RED
Crystal Dynamics
Dirt
Guerrilla Games
Ubisoft
Control Remedy
CD PROJEKT RED
Crystal Dynamics
Dirt

πŸ₯‡ (30.9 %) - Guerrilla Games

πŸ₯ˆ (19.5 %) - Ubisoft

πŸ₯‰ (14.1 %) - Control Remedy / 505 Games

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BENCHMARK AWARD

Was this one ever in any doubt? The game that introduced so many people to virtual photography and remains an active inspiration for many more, Horizon Zero Dawn elevated the concept of photo modes into the consciousness of consumers and set the standard of what would be expected from other titles. A deserving winner of this one-time-only benchmark award.

Horizon Zero Dawn
Marvel's Spider-Man
Assassin's Creed Origins
Days Gone
Driveclub
GT Sport
Horizon Zero Dawn
Marvel's Spider-Man
Assassin's Creed Origins
Days Gone
Driveclub
GT Sport

πŸ₯‡ (46.4 %) - Horizon Zero Dawn, Guerrilla Games

πŸ₯ˆ (22.5 %) - Marvel's Spider-Man, Insomniac Games

πŸ₯‰ (11.2 %) - Assassin's Creed Origins, Ubisoft Montreal

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MOST ANITICIPATED PHOTO MODE

With the highest percentage of any single nominee across all of the award categories, it seems that there is still plenty of enthusiasm for Guerrilla's red-haired heroine. Aloy's upcoming adventure into the Forbidden West is your most anticipated game for virtual photography and it will be interesting to see how it improves on Zero Dawn's baseline.

Horizon Forbidden West
God of War Ragnarok
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Hitman III
Season
Kena Bridge of Spirits
Horizon Forbidden West
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πŸ₯‡ (48.0 %) - Horizon Forbidden West, Guerrilla Games

πŸ₯ˆ (25.3 %) - God of War Ragnarok, Santa Monica Studio

πŸ₯‰ (9.3 %) - Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, Ninja Theory

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BEST PHOTO MODE

The biggest prize was also the most closely contested with a very narrow margin between two photo mode heavy weights. In the end though, the combination of novel features, unique aesthetic and the outright beauty of Tsushima island mean that Ghost of Tsushima is your favourite photo mode of 2020.

Ghost of Tsushima
Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Mortal Shell
Dirt 5
Demon's Souls
Ghost of Tsushima
Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Mortal Shell
Dirt 5
Demon's Souls

πŸ₯‡ (41.4 %) - Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch Productions

πŸ₯ˆ (38.3 %) - Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Insomniac Games

πŸ₯‰ (7.9 %) - Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft Montreal

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Days Gone
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Demon's Souls
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Dirt
Driveclub
GT Sport
Ghost of Tsushima
God of War Ragnarok
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Hitman III
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Horizon Zero Dawn
Kena Bridge of Spirits
Manifold Garden
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla
CD PROJEKT RED
Control Remedy
Crystal Dynamics
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Cyberpunk 2077
Days Gone
Death Stranding Sam & BB
Demon's Souls
Dirt 5
Dirt
Driveclub
GT Sport
Ghost of Tsushima
God of War Ragnarok
Guerrilla Games
Hitman III
Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Zero Dawn
Kena Bridge of Spirits
Manifold Garden
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Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales
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Mortal Shell
Nioh 2
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart
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The Last of Us Part II Ellie
The Last of Us Part II
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  • About VP Awards

  • List of award categories

  • List of winners once announce

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Virtual Photograph of the Year entries:

  • Portrait

  • Landscape

  • Abstract

  • Action

  • Urban

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