December 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions

December 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions

Dear Readers,

The twelfth and final 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 December 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions was not easy!

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

ATTENTION: 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 “Love” to show you! This time we had 30 valid submissions which can all be seen below.

The December 2017 Street Photography Contest Submissions

Here are our favourite 30 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 December 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

“With Love being this month’s theme, I expected a heap of displays of public affection. I wasn’t wrong with my prediction. Kisses, embraces, hand-holding… all these things can usually be spotted after spending a bit of time out and about. I was looking for something special, an image that had an extra element to push it over the top. This picture did it for me. A double shot! Framed within the triangle formed by the legs of the sculpture are two lovers in an embrace on the ground. The sculpture itself is of two lovers with the feminine figure’s leg slung over her partner’s. Notice the one lover on the ground also has their leg wrapped over their partner’s! The absolute clincher for me is the killer geometry formed from the legs of the couple on the ground and the sculpture. Three triangles are formed in ascension, curving to the right of the frame!” 

“Love” street photograph by Renato Baer
“Love” street photograph by Renato Baer

Nominee No2

Analysis by Digby Fullam, editor

The ‘Love’ theme prompted a series of fairly similar responses – many of them street photos of people in some kind of embrace or kissing (much akin to the example photo of Spyros’ that we used when we announced the contest). Lots of the photos we saw were really nice street photos in themselves, but what I appreciated about this shot was that it was a departure from the rest. Like so many of the other photos, this one shows a couple in love (and, as a aside, how fantastic it was to see love represented by so many different types of couples across the photos in our contest), but our couple in love here are shown in an interesting context – as part of the tapestry of a rich scene. The newlyweds (and for the purposes of this we hope they are, and aren’t simply models) appear to be posing for a photo to be captured by a photographer opposite the road and out of shot. They’re positioned against a wonderful colourful and graphical wall with the leading lines of the road crossing stretching out before them. For the posed photo these markings would probably lead directly into the frame of their wedding photo, but in this street shot they dissect the frame horizontally to lead our eyes towards the man in the baseball cap in the foreground. Our street photographer here clearly made a very conscious decision to use such an aperture to keep the focus on the newlyweds and throw the onlooker into a slight out of focus blur so he doesn’t vie for attention in the frame. The result is one of a fascinating scene where an outsider is looking on at the image of a young couple very much in love, which makes us wonder – how does he feel about what he is seeing? Does he feel purely happy for them, reminded of fond memories of his own wedding perhaps? Or wistful for the optimism and opportunities of newly married life? Or perhaps neither, maybe he’s just intrigued by the surreal sight he’s seeing! Either way, we’re left with a rich, potent street photo with many layers and lots to digest, with a nice dose of intrigue. Fantastic!

“Love” street photograph by Arif Sahroni
“Love” street photograph by Arif Sahroni

Nominee No3

Analysis by Spyros Papaspyropoulos, editor

“This photograph just brings out something romantic in me. I look at this couple, standing there all alone, nearly touching heads, being close and all I can think of is that they are sharing a moment, sharing a connection that can only be felt through love. He has a calm look on his face, she looks as if she is relaxing to his touch. Are they about to say goodbye? Have they just met after a day of being apart? The possible scenarios vary. As for composition, the photo is nicely framed. The subjects are in the left third of the photo and the whole image balances nicely thanks to the background “noise” that isn’t too prominent. The light is beautiful, creating some nice long shadows of the couple, that even though backlit, can still be clearly seen. Well done to the contestant and good luck to all participants!”

“Love” street photograph by Terry Leung (2chanze)
“Love” street photograph by Terry Leung (2chanze)

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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