April 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions – Minimalism

April 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions – Minimalism

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April 2018 monthly theme contest
April 2018 monthly theme contest "Minimalism" nominees

Dear Streethunters.net Readers,

The fourth Monthly Theme Contest photos for 2018 have been submitted and we have made our choices. Please keep in mind that the process of choosing a photo from the April 2018 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 “Minimalism” to show you! This time we had 30 valid submissions which can all be seen below.

The April 2018 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 April 2018 Street Photography Contest editors picks

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

Nominee No1

Analysis by Andrew Sweigart, Streethunters.net editor

“I adore minimalism in street photography and I’m quite envious of the great shots I see. Frankly, I’ve made several attempts at shooting in this style and have failed miserably… hence the envy. One of my favorite elements incorporated in some of the minimalist work I enjoy is the use of geometry. This image is almost perfectly bisected into two triangles. The left being the dark element of the mountain, the right being the vast, bright expanse in the distance. There is only really one other element, and that is the figure running along the ridge, hair flying. Even more magical is that the person’s feet are not touching the earth, they are perfectly caught mid-stride. It is as if they are running off the edge of the ridge and into the great wide open! The subtle streaks of sunlight add to the heavenly awe factor. Minimal elements, maximum result!” 

"Minimalism" Street Photograph by Vlatko Dekov
“Minimalism” Street Photograph by Vlatko Dekov

Nominee No2

Analysis by Digby Fullam, Streethunters.net editor

“Despite what some may think, minimalist street photography is far from easy. Go too simplistic, surreal or abstract and you risk alienating your viewer by losing context entirely, or simply creating a boring photo. Begin to add more elements to the shot and you risk overcomplicating things massively – to the point where the photo loses what made it minimalist in the first place and becomes something else entirely. A great minimalist street photo must walk a very fine line then, and that’s something this lovely photo does expertly. We have all the elements of glorious minimalism – huge swathes of negative white space (the wall), brilliant graphical elements (the surround and beautiful pill shape of the window) and cracking lighting (the simple white of the room really pops). And then we add our subject – what an amazing moment the photographer has caught here – a surreal body shape, perhaps from a yoga stretch – that both manages to fit and juxtapose the other shapes and elements in the shot. The choice to shoot in black and white was the right one too – we NEED that simplicity here to focus on the lines and tones. And there’s that extra element of detached voyeurism too that keeps things cold and cut off, adding a feeling of remoteness in this shot. This photo wowed me as soon as I saw it and is something I’d happily hang on my wall as a piece of art. The photographer should rightly feel immensely proud of this work. It is, in a word, stunning.”

"Minimalism" Street Photograph by Achim Katzberg
“Minimalism” Street Photograph by Achim Katzberg

Nominee No3

Analysis by Spyros Papaspyropoulos, Streethunters.net editor

“I totally agree with my fellow editors. Minimalism in street photography is not easy to achieve and  if the photographer isn’t too careful an attempt to shoot a minimal photo can easily turn into something other than that. So that is why the click has to be precise and the photographer has to predict the result in order to properly plan the shot. The photos this time were really good. I had a very hard time settling on one image. I wish I could have made more choices, but rules are rules and I am only allowed to choose one. So I went with this wonderfully minimal photograph. Firstly I really like how the photographer has played with the colour blue. This photo could have been B&W but the impact of the blue of the sheet against the darker blue of the sky works so much better for me. I like the balance between the negative space on the top part of the photo and the lower bottom part that includes the only elements of the capture. A couple of hands, holding a blue sheet, hanging from a line. The photo is so clean and symmetric, it just drew my attention and finally won me over. Congratulations and good luck!”  

"Minimalism" Street Photograph by Valeria Tofanelli
“Minimalism” Street Photograph by Valeria Tofanelli

The winner will win the Feature Interview on the Streethunters.net 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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