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Announcing the Winners & Finalists!

LensCulture is proud to present these 31 photographers who show us, each in their own way, why street photography today remains as fresh and vibrant as ever! With excellent submissions coming from 115 countries, our jury of international photography experts had difficult decisions to make — but their final selections represent a delightful cross-section of today's best street photographers, hailing from all over the world.

Photography and the street have gone together since the invention of the camera. Though we might expect that it has all been done before, this award-winning work attests to street photography's continuing relevance in 2015. With its unending capacity for surprise, we depend on street photography to show us our surroundings with fresh eyes and we are pleased to see the genre is alive and thriving. From urban geometry to biting social commentary, these street photographs take us on a tour of many of the cultures alive across the globe. We hope you enjoy!

Series Winners

1st Place Series

Martin Roemers
Netherlands
Metropolis

2nd Place Series

Joanna Mrówka
Poland
Untitled

3rd Place Series

ofir barak
Israel
Mea Shearim

Single Image Winners

1st Place Single Image

Sagi Kortler
Israel
Untitled
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2nd Place Single Image

Andrea Alfano
Italy
Stabat Mater Dolorosa: The Sorrows of Mary
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3rd Place Single Image

Jody Miller
United States
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Series Finalists

Single Image Finalists

LensCulture Street Photography 2015 International Jury

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    Caroline Hunter
    Picture Editor
    Guardian Weekend Magazine
    London, UK
    www.theguardian.com
    more about Caroline
    Caroline Hunter is a picture editor for the Guardian Weekend Magazine.
    She has twenty years experience of commissioning photography for features that range from celebrity to news and documentary. She produces and edits photo-shoots, and on a daily basis she reviews a wide selection of photographers' submissions from around the world.
    Previous to the Guardian, Caroline worked for Time Out London magazine and The Saturday Telegraph magazine. She is a regular portfolio reviewer at international photo-festivals and has judged a number of photography competitions. Caroline also writes about photography, and lives and works in London.
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    Whitney Johnson
    Deputy Director of Photography
    National Geographic
    Washington DC, USA
    www.nationalgeographic.com
    more about Whitney
    Whitney Johnson is the Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic. Previously, she was the Director of Photography at The New Yorker, where she championed photojournalism and transitioned photography at the magazine into the digital space by establishing the Photo Booth blog, launching the Instagram feed, and serving as the executive producer on several short films. Her work has been widely recognized: two ASME awards for portfolios on the United States military and world leaders; SPD Awards of Excellence; and a Peabody, in collaboration with Human Rights Watch and Platon, for a project on Russia's Civil Society.
    She has taught at Columbia University School of Journalism, New York University, and the International Center of Photography. She is on the board of the W. Eugene Smith Fund and Eddie Adams Workshop, the Photojournalism Advisory Council for the Alexia Foundation, and the Advisory Committee of the Magnum Foundation's Emergency Fund.
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    Jacob Aue Sobol
    Photographer
    Magnum
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    auesobol.dk
    more about Jacob
    Jacob Aue Sobol is a member of Magnum Photos. He was born in Denmark, and studied at the European Film College and the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography.
    He has completed several award-winning projects and authored critically acclaimed photobooks. His book “Sabine”, a personal perspective on life in Greenland was published in 2004 and the work was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. A project from Guatemala won First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo 2006. His book “I, Tokyo” was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award in 2008 and was published in seven countries. A new book "B" (about Bangkok) will be launched at Paris Photo 2015.
    Jacob is currently working on the ongoing project Arrivals and Departures - a journey by land from his childhood home in Brøndby to the east coasts of Russia and China.
    With more than 40 solo exhibitions over the past 10 years, Jacob's work has been shown extensively around the world. Exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Milwaukee Art Museum, Michigan Museum of Modern Art, Three Shadow Gallery, Beijing. Rencontre D'Arles, Polka Gallerie (Paris), Yossi Milo Gallery (New York) and Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark.
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    Ihiro Hayami
    Organizer
    Tokyo International Photography Festival
    Tokyo, Japan
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    more about Ihiro
    Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka Japan) is the director of Tokyo Institute of Photography, and the organizer of Tokyo International Photography Festival. He’s the former chief editor of Japanese Photography Magazine, “PHaT PHOTO”(2012-2014). From 2008-2012, he worked as the one of the directors at RING CUBE gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. His selected curatorial exhibitions include, “10x10 American Photobooks” (2013), Alejandro Chaskielberg’s “High Tide” (2012), and Alex Prager’s “WEEK-END” (2010).
    He is also known as lecturer. He teaches RISING SUN Master class with Marc Prust (artistic director, Photo Reporter) at Tokyo Institute of Photography, and gives lectures at universities and photography schools such as Tokyo Polytechnic University, Nihon University College of Art, and Nippon Photography Institute on invitational basis.
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    Enrico Stefanelli
    Artistic Director
    Photolux Festival
    Lucca, Italy
    www.photoluxfestival.it/en/
    more about Enrico
    Enrico Stefanelli is the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival, the biennial of photography in Lucca, Italy. He has curated several exhibitions including: Tim Hetherington, Jan Saudek, Horst P. Horst, VII Agency, Nobuyoshy Araki, Boris Mikhailov and David Douglas Duncan. Since 2010, he is the Italian curator of the European Photo Exhibition Award. Enrico is a photographer and journalist and teaches photography in workshops. He has written articles and contributions on photography for several catalogs, books and magazines. He participates in portfolio reviews around the world, serves on international photography juries, and is a member of the nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass at World Press Photo.
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    Jim Casper
    Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
    LensCulture
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    www.lensculture.com
    more about Jim
    Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief and publisher of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper organizes annual international photography events, travels around the world to meet with photographers and review their portfolios, curates art exhibitions, writes about photography and culture, lectures, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror and nominator for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations. He serves on the board of directors at SPE, the Society for Photographic Education, the world’s largest association of photography educators.