November 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions

November 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions

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Dear Readers,

The eleventh Monthly Theme Contest photos for 2017 have been submitted and we have made our choices. Please keep in mind that the process of choosing a photo from the November 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions was extremely hard!

But let’s take a look at all the photos that were submitted and accepted in this Monthly Theme Contest.

ATTENTION: This time round we had a lot of submissions that were out of subject! Maybe “Hatred” was too difficult an assignment. Anyway many good photos had to stay out because of this. So this time we have kept only 20 images. The photos that didn’t meet the Theme or the Editors criteria were not chosen to be in the shortlist. They have been disqualified or removed. If your pic isn’t in the shortlist, don’t get discouraged. Try again next month!

At this moment I would like to thank each and every participant for submitting their photograph. We have a great collection of photos with “Hatred” to show you! This time we had 20 valid submissions which can all be seen below.

The November 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions

Here are our favourite 20 photos that made it through our strict Editors criteria! 

*All images that were not sent in at the correct size, have been resized. This might affect the quality of entries that were sent in very small sizes.

The November 2017 Street Photography Contest editors picks

Every month each one of us editors picks one photo as a nominee. Here are the photos we chose and the reasons why:

Nominee No1

Analysis by Andrew Sweigart, editor

“From the start, I wondered how ‘Hatred’ as a theme would play out. I mean how often do we see examples of hatred while out on the street? I thought the only obvious answer would be in a subject’s reaction to the photographer. Maybe in the form of an angry scowl or a gesture. I forgot all about protests and demonstrations and the clashes between factions that can be a result. Given the current political unease in the USA, this also should have been an obvious answer. This shot stuck out from the other submissions because of racial tension felt through the photo. Racism is hatred. Ignorant hatred. It seems that the two people in the forefront are in a very heated debate. It’s the signs behind them that speaks to the hatred theme, though. The sign on the left with ‘Say Their Names’, a list of African-American victims of police brutality. The sign on the right apparently stating, “I Love Trumps Love’. Given the current political and cultural climate here, one can sense a feeling of hatred underlying in this well-framed shot.” 

“Hatred” street photograph by Taylor Green
“Hatred” street photograph by Taylor Green

Nominee No2

Analysis by Digby Fullam, editor

“We gave you all another really challenging theme this month. Hatred can be defined as many things and in all sorts of different ways: loathing, resentment, fury, envy – the list goes on. So conveying this emotion in a street photo (which by the genre’s very nature will lack context) is no mean feat. The shot I chose as my favourite doesn’t epitomise fury to me, more a powerful distain and perhaps even jealousy. There’s simply so much going on here too! I love the splashes of colour in the outfit of the woman who serves as our focal point, and her glitzy accessories too – pink handbag, silver watch and gold case on the smartphone she’s using for her selfie. Contrast all this with the women on the right hand side of the frame who are all wearing identical drab police or military uniforms. The two closest to the selfie woman are looking on at her with barely concealed contempt – are they envious that she’s able to dress up like this and show such individuality when they all have to become anonymous? Or are they merely contemptuous of her vanity in taking a selfie in the first place? And what’s going on with the standing woman in uniform with the orange headscarf? Why is she allowed colourful head coverings and the rest must make do with black? Whatever the reason, the splash of colour here adds another layer of visual interest to the shot. And finally the young woman and little boy sitting on the suitcase – are they related to the glamorous woman? It’s hard to tell. What is certain is that the boy’s direct eye contact with the camera lens (and thus us as viewers) and his enigmatic expression adds even more intrigue. So many layers and hidden meanings and mystery in one photo – brilliant!”

“Hatred” street photograph by Tomi Saputra
“Hatred” street photograph by Tomi Saputra

Nominee No3

Analysis by Spyros Papaspyropoulos, editor

“What I was looking for in this monthly theme contest was a photograph that would make me either feel hatred or hated. Most submissions this time were not even close to the subject. I understand that it isn’t every day you see examples of hatred in the street and if you do, it is certainly difficult to take a shot of it without having it misinterpreted for something else. You see I think this is the reason why we got so many ‘out of subject’ photos this time. The photographers knew that the scene involved some kind of hatred or another because they were there experiencing it first hand, but didn’t manage to freeze that feeling and capture it in a photograph. When I was looking through the photos of the contest I stumbled upon this one and I remember thinking how this woman’s stare felt so cold, heavy and full of hatred. She looks so full of hate, that I imagined poison dripping from her eyeballs! I remember thinking ‘wow, I wouldn’t like to be the receiver of that hateful glare’ and then and there I knew that I had found the photo I was going to choose. Although I would have preferred it if the two ladies in the back were not in the image, the subjects expression is more than enough to make this photo a perfect candidate for the “Hatred” monthly contest! Congratulations!”

“Hatred” street photograph by Alain Karsenty
“Hatred” street photograph by Alain Karsenty

The winner will win the Feature Interview on the website and more!

The photograph that wins the Monthly Theme Contest will receive the following prizes:

  1. The winning photo will be featured on our website in the respective “Announcing the winner” post and will also be featured for 1 month as our cover photo on our FacebookTwitter and Google Plus pages.
  2. The Street Photographer that shot the winning photo will be interviewed by our Editorial team and his/her work will be featured on our website and on our Youtube channel.
  3. At the end of the year we will upload a video presentation of all the winning photos along with narrations by the winners themselves, explaining the story behind their photograph.

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!


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