– Theme: Street Photography / Competition Judge: REZA
Congratulations to Orna Naor who’s image won the competition!
The Street Photography Competition aims to celebrate and reward photographers being best at observing and recording life on the streets. Whether the subject was your own urban environment or as you explored other territories and cultures: We were looking for those spontaneous and fleeting moments and it is our great pleasure to present the work of 10 incredibly talented artists!
1ST PRIZE: Orna Naor
“This is a perfect street photograph in the sense that it makes you feel that you are on the street watching something powerful happening; a mother holding her baby in such way that shows she’s fully protecting her child. The picture is very well composed with complimentary greens and reds, the woman’s body is perfectly lit from top to bottom and the shadows are what completes the story. Appearing almost threatened, she seems lost in a hostile environment. Attention to the emotion at hand is what elevates the image beyond your average beautiful picture and creates a connection with the viewer.” – REZA
2ND PRIZE: Streetmax 21
“An instant reminder of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “Decisive Moment”, this photograph is executed like a perfectly timed theater play with each person perfectly placed in their own position within the frame. These individuals do not observe their environment, but are somehow connected nonetheless, their alignment proving the disconnectedness of modern life and the alienation felt within urban environments.” – REZA
3RD PRIZE: Jian Wang
“More than just an excellent street scene, the entire composition, mood and impeccable timing of this portrait of a man receiving a shave on the streets of China is fantastic. The framing right above the arm leading us up to the black vintage straight razor, the precise and firm position of the barber’s hands forcing the customers skin into wrinkles; A face turned into an abstract figure, eyes hidden away in a seemingly desolated urban space – All in classic and powerful black and white contrast. Timeless, truly.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Iranian born photographer Reza is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist and founder of the Paris based Webistan Photo Agency. Over the course of an extraordinary career Reza has worked all over the world bearing witness to moments of war and peace.
During the past three decades many of Reza’s photographs have been on the covers of National Geographic Magazine, with many more featured in major international publications such as Time Magazine, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris Match & Geo.
Author of thirty books and a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, Reza’s work has been exhibited worldwide and awarded numerous prizes including the World Press Photo, the Lucie Award and the Infinity Award.