All entries submitted for the contest will be juried in the first round by a panel of internationally accomplished members of the street photography community in a blind voting process.
Suzan Pektaş is an İstanbul based independent photographer. She developed her passion for visual language during her college years and chose it as a profession. She explores various forms of expressions at the crossroad of visual art, documentary and street photography. Mostly focused on the existence of individuals and their personal environments, Suzan’s photography aims to capture unseen and untouched moments of solitude. Her projects are primaraly on women, urban transformation and immigration.
I was born and grew up in a small town in central Italy. After I had graduated, I moved to London for a while, then to Rome, where I currently live and work.
I had always been deeply fascinated by visual languages, especially by photographic medium, when in 2009 I enrolled in a few training courses to learn its basic techniques. Afterwards, I left photography for a few years, getting back to it in 2016, while joining a collective project, which gave me an opportunity to understand deeply the expressive potential of photography.
Since then, my works have been exhibited in Italy and abroad, published on magazines such as "Grain Magazine" and "Eye Magazine", awarded by Sony Photography, Life Framer, IPA, Px3, FIIPA, FAPA, London Street Photography Festival and Umbria World Festival.
Street photographer Vineet Vohra, along with his brother Rohit Vohra, is the founder of Artphotofeature.com (APF), a highly successful international magazine and online platform that showcases the work of emerging photographers, artists and designers.
“Since 2001 street photography has been my passion and my first nature. To me street photography is a journey. I travel everyday, I am learning and unlearning everyday, I thrive to improve everyday, and I try to be as honest through my lens as I can. I try to synthesize between human elements and the environment and my main focus is on how to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.“
Vineet is currently doing workshops globally and has been chosen as a Fuji "X" photographer. His works and stories have been published in prestigious magazines all over the world. He currently resides in India. Website: https://500px.com/vineetvohra
I am an Israeli photographer (59), I live in Tel Aviv and work in a software company. After flirting with an initial fascination with photography and film cameras in the 1980's, I went on to pursue a career as an IT manager and put my love for the still image aside. Fortunately, my interest never disappeared. While the passion lay dormant for decades, all it took was the gift of a camera from my wife to awaken my inclination towards photography again.
The Street is not a Studio. Sometimes I stand and wait for things to converge – a cyclist, a dancer, a child – moving along. Street Photography/Documentary is my favorite way of looking at the world.
My camera has become an integral part of me and I cannot imagine myself without it. Everywhere I go I take it with me thinking ‘maybe today will be my lucky day and I will take the photo of my life’. Via the camera lens I am constantly looking around me, searching for that ‘decisive’ moment that will never return, unless I catch it. When pushing the button, I try to make some sense, restore order to the chaotic scheme of things in the composition, tell the story behind the scene and frame a surrealistic moment. The components 'speak' with each other in a special dialogue, either by color, shape, or light. Capturing the elusive, special moment after which things will never be the same and making it eternal – that is my goal.
Forgotten, transparent people in urban surroundings are being granted their moment of grace. The shadows, fragile outlines, reflections within daily lives that are not noticed in the busy and thick urban landscape and sometimes are even crushed by it – these are precious to me. Those expressions and compositions are to be treasured before they are lost in time.
Like a fisherman who goes to his daily work without knowing what he will catch, I take my camera and dive into the streets without knowing what will happen five minutes later. It is an adventure. When I click I try to see the surreal and to sort things out of their everyday meaning and their usual context. I have my favorite
places and I never come with the same photos. It is always different: the people, the light and shadows, the atmosphere.
Born in 1977 in Jastrzebie Zdroj (Poland), Damian Chrobak is a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers since 2010, founder of Un-Posed – street photography collective assembling several leading artists of this stream who were born in Poland but work in different countries.
After studying at Academy of Photography in Warsaw, Poland, Damian Chrobak moved to London in 2004, where he completed a Black & White Photography Course at the University of Arts in London. Since then he is documenting city’s street life. His works were published in United Kingdom, Germany, United States of America, New Zealand, Poland and other European countries. Currently photographer is based in London and working on his documentary and street photography projects.
Student at Institut Tvurci Fotografie – Opava, Czech Republic
Street photography is characterized by extreme sensitivity to aesthetic and psychological and sociological insight. Photographer fishes out of the course of events surrounding the seemingly insignificant moments and reveals their special importance. Special for me in the photo is a deeply humane reflection on the nature of such individual and social masses. Captures everyday life, he says, "we are surrounded by the most of the time, while barely notice it." This proves that the so-called. ordinary, insignificant moments in life often have their hidden meaning, are interesting, funny, bizarre and memorable. Strolling through the streets of the twenty-first-century city, I try to capture on film something timeless, something eternal truth about man, the truth of which has not changed for hundreds, thousands of years.