There’s no doubt that the rise of smartphones and photo apps have completely changed the way we approach photography and share images.

Instagram‘s impact speaks for itself. VSCO Cam has the ability to add elegance to almost every image. Drake Shake is incredibly entertaining (and the best thing ever?).

But despite the slew of creative photo editors and communities spawned in the last couple of years, how many cool and creative European photography apps can you name off the top of your head?

Maybe a handful – at most. In an effort to help you spice up your photos while simultaneously raising awareness for some refreshing (and well-designed) EU-made options, here’s a list of 10 apps that are worth giving a shot:

1) Glitché – “A full range of tools and options to turn your images into masterpieces of digital art”

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight made headlines last year when he shot a Diesel campaign entirely on iPhone and used Glitché to edit/distort images. Founded by Vladimir Shreyder, users can transform their images into a digital pastiche with the app’s trippy, glitchy and interactive filters. Fans of Glitché include singer Lily Allen and fashion director Nicola Formichetti.

Developed in: Moscow, Russia
Available on: iOS (iTunes link)
Cost of app: Free

Glitché

2) Dubble – “Take a picture and mix it with anyone in the world”

Launched in late 2013, Dubble takes its inspiration from analog film and double exposure photography.

The photo app – which was founded by Adam Scott, Angelo Semeraro, Ben Joyce and Uldis Pirags – lets you shoot photos and overlay them randomly with photos taken by other users. Results can vary from ethereal and entertaining to airy and awkward.

Developed in: London, UK
Available on: iOS (iTunes link)
Cost of app: Free

Dubble

3) EyeEm – “Get real photography”

Founded by Florian Meissner, Lorenz Aschoff, Ramzi Rizk and Gen Sadakane in 2011, EyeEm is a sleekly designed app that allows users to shoot, edit and discover photos as well as buy/sell images through its new marketplace. The startup recently announced a deal with Getty Images and claims 10 million registered users.

Developed in: Berlin, Germany
Available on: iOS (iTunes link) and Android (Google Play link)
Cost of app: Free

EyeEm

4) Seene – “Share life in 3D”

Computer vision startup Obvious Engineering is behind Seene, an app that lets you capture life-like, 3D “seenes” around you. Not sure what that means? Take a look a Seene’s Tumblr, which includes some impressive examples (warning: may leave you slightly motion sick). The company’s technology was named UK’s most innovative at Mobile World Congress 2014.

Developed in: London, UK
Available on: iOS (iTunes link)
Cost of app: Free

Seene

5) Repix – “Remix your photos”

Developed by Finnish mobile app developer Sumoing, Repix focuses on photo-editing via filters, brushes and frames. The app, which comes with a basic selection of tools, is free to download – additional effects and styles can be purchased in-app. Repix reportedly received 4 million downloads within five months of launching.

Developed in: Helsinki, Finland
Available on: iOS (iTunes link) and Android (Google Play link)
Cost of app: Free

Repix

6) Lenka– “Professional black and white iOS camera”

Alongside a team in France, internationally-recognized portrait photographer Kevin Abosch – who’s photographed the likes of Yoko Ono and Steven Spielberg – has developed an app focusing on black and white photos. Instead of searching through numerous filters, there is simply a black and white preview in real-time emphasizing subtle textures and highlights.

Developed in: France
Available on: iOS (iTunes link)
Cost of app: $2.99

Lenka

7) GoldfrApp 

Electronic music duo Goldfrapp celebrated their latest album Tales of Us with an eponymous photo app that combines two of your photos to create a double exposure image similar to Dubble. Developed by Marc Kremers (Future Corp LTD), the app lets users randomly select two images from their library by simply shaking the phone.

Developed in: London, UK
Available on: iOS (iTunes link)
Cost of app: $0.99

GoldfrApp

8) Melodigram – “Capture the moment, add your feeling, share instantly”

Developed by Finnish app developer Minus Degree Mobile, Melodigram is a photo-sharing app that spices up your images with “atmosphere” aka an audio component. The company, which was founded by ex-Nokia Jonathan Massey and Samu Karänen, closed a $1 million funding round in February.

Developed in: Finland
Available on: iOS (iTunes link) and Android (Google Play link)
Cost of app: Free

Melodigram

9) Loopcam – “Make videos with stickers and filters”

A predecessor of Twitter’s Vine app, Berlin-based startup Loopcam lets you add quirky stickers and effects to your looping videos. Founded by Tor Rauden, Källstigen, Martin Ström and Martin Löfqvist in 2011, the startup has remained relatively quiet since it announced its launch in China last year.

Developed in: Berlin, Germany
Available on: iOS (iTunes link)
Cost of app: Free

Loopcam

10) Tadaa

Among the companies who benefitted from Instagram’s hotly discussed changes in its terms of services was Tadaa. In addition to its self-titled app, which features a number of filters and special editing tools that can be purchased in-app, the German startup also offers Tadaa 3D and Tadaa SLR.

Developed in: Hamburg, Germany
Available on: iOS (iTunes link)
Cost of app: Free

Tadaa

Any cool creative photo apps in particular that we missed? Let us know.

Featured image credit: Courtesy of Dubble.me

  • Yannick Lepère

    frontback … an app created by a Belgian 😉 https://frontback.me/

    • Don’t I know it :) we decided not to include it because they’re now headquartered in the US with almost 100% of the team in San Francisco.

      • Yannick Lepère

        that’s true… I get it. But the roots are at least European 😉

      • Yannick Lepère

        … a bit ironic tough that tech.eu is hosted by wpengine an US based hoster 😉

      • ha yeah started by a British acquaintance of mine :)

  • Interestingly most are for iOS only. Not so many for an Android fan.

    • Adam Scott

      I know and it’s even tougher for me. I made dubble and I’m an android user! Had to go our and get an iPhone. The problem for us is that we are still fine tuning the features. As soon as we’re ready we will make it for android. We just can’t afford to build and test on two separate platforms and android is tough with all the devices. But android is a priority!

      • Why not to test it on Android first? I mean user base is bigger, screens are bigger etc. Is it problem with too many different sizes/versions or you just have longer history with iOS to develop for it first?

        • Adam Scott

          A mixture of both. Screen sizes is not such an issue but device models is. There are so many and bugs in one may not exist in another

    • PicsArt mobile photo editor is available for Android, iOS and windows platforms. Check for all the features on the official website of PicsArt. I use this app, for my everyday and all the editing needs. It is multifunctional and packed with a lot of features, editing tools. Moreover the app is free!

  • MaticBitenc

    Povio – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/povio/id570649602
    A very addictive photo app, especially once a few of your friends are there. The company is in the US, but all the guys making it are Slovenians.

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  • Linda Williams

    Nice list of European apps. I’m glad you mentioned Repix and Melodigram, these are apps that stand out.
    Speaking of European apps, I also use BatchPhoto for resizing and watermarking multiple photos at the same time. It’s really a productivity booster.
    http://www.batchphoto.com/