Announcing the Winners, Finalists, Jurors’ Picks, & Top 100
Street photography captures the instant pulse of diverse people, urban cultures, traditions and communities all over the world — better than any other art form or language. While human nature may remain constant over the decades, fashions, trends, architecture, technology and the collision of urban visual clutter all seem to make our shared environments feel new, ever-changing and always bustling with life.
These award-winning photographers may shock, delight, sadden or surprise you.
In the world of photography, there is a fear that we’ve already seen it all before, especially in a genre like street photography. But this year’s 34 winners, jurors’ picks and finalists clearly defy that sense of déjà vu — especially as we encouraged photographers to stretch and expand their interpretations of what can be captured out in the streets and intersections of the world. Their results ranged from street fashion and portraits, conceptual investigations and pure poetry, to moments of daily life — both ordinary and extraordinary.
The international jury for this competition, no strangers to the great history of street photography, wanted to be surprised and share their unusual discoveries with you. So, some of what you will discover among this year’s winning entries may shock or delight you, stun and sadden. No matter what, we believe that each of these photographers has captured some rare moments on the streets that are worth regarding and contemplating.
Single Image Winners
Each of the eight jury members selected one photographer to be awarded special distinction and a cash grant. Here are the jurors’ special selections, with a brief quote from each juror explaining what they especially appreciate about these photographers and their work.
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What is amazing about an international call for entries like this one—we reached photographers all over the world, in 15 different languages—is how we are able to discover new places, trends, traditions and rituals. The entries, which came from 141 countries, amount to a snapshot of tremendously varied urban life in places all over the planet, right now. Since there was so much good work to see, we decided to share with you single images from an additional 100 photographers whose submissions were rated highly by the jury. We feel they deserve recognition and attention, so we’ve included a slideshow of their work for your pleasure and inspiration.