Dear Streethunters.net Readers,
The eighth 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 August 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 “Beach” to show you! This time we had 30 valid submissions which can all be seen below.
The August 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 August 2018 Street Photography Contest editors picks
Every month each one of us here at Streethunters.net will pick one photo as a nominee. Here are the photos we chose and the reasons why:
Analysis by Andrew Sweigart, Streethunters.net editor
“The beach is truly a magical place. Where the land meets the sea, it’s where us humans go for recreation and relaxation. Needless to say we feel a strong connection to the beach because of it’s beauty and the usually pleasant experiences and memories we associate with it. This factors into making the beach a street photographer’s paradise, also. Humanity is stripped down and frolicking. We are on display at our loosest. What I love about this image is that it reflects the almost spiritual connection we have with the beach. Devoid of the flesh and fun we typically expect to find in beach street photography, this takes a beautifully different approach. The figures on the beach are walking towards an almost heavenly light. The exposure of the sky is perfect as is the vignetting in the image… giving it a wonderfully ethereal feel. A fine photograph that I would love to have hanging on the wall. Not your typical “beach street photography” shot, but it’s excellence makes it an irresistible choice.”
Analysis by Digby Fullam, Streethunters.net editor
“A tough choice for my pick this month, owing to the incredibly high standard of the submissions we received. I selected this shot from a shortlist of five stellar beach street photos! So why did I choose this image over the rest? I was blown away by how difficult it must have been to make this photo. The old adage to “Never work with children or animals” absolutely applies to street photography, as I can personally attest myself from my own experiences. Nailing a decent shot of something that’s prone to rapid, unpredictable movement. For our street photographer here to have bagged this shot of the dog face on so perfectly positioned in the frame is a masterful achievement, made all the more impressive by shooting from within the sea itself and so close to the water’s surface which gives us this fabulously immersive point of view. The flash lights the dog’s face perfectly, acting as a fill light and allowing for a lovely exposure of the expansive sky and its roiling, brooding clouds which serve as the perfect backdrop for the photo, particularly as this covers the upper two thirds of the frame. The cloud shapes in the background draw our eyes into the frame, and work nicely in conjunction with the silhouette of the person in the water, which adds another layer of interest to the photo. The detail here is perfect – the wind-whipped flick of fringe which adds and extra element of interest to the silhouette figure; and the fact that the silhouette is placed perfectly on the first third vertical from the left adds to the lovely balance of the shot. These elements combine in a photo that is wonderfully surreal and so immersive that it is wonderfully dream-like. This is an arresting beach street photo that lets me hear the splash of the waves and cool ocean breeze as the sun goes down. It takes me back to long evenings spent at dusk gazing out over the big blue expanse. Magical!”
Analysis by Spyros Papaspyropoulos, Streethunters.net editor
“I agree with me fellow Street Hunters that this time round we received photos of high quality! I was really impressed with the submissions that came in and was sad to see some shots I liked not make the top 30. But the images, submitted by you dear Readers, were so many, that not all of them could make the cut. Out of all the images we received however, I fell in love with one and I feel in love hard! So, moving on to the photo.
This is exactly what a beach street photo should look like in my opinion. It follows all the “golden” rules! It ticks all the boxes of what I think a good street photo should look like. It has a good composition, excellent visual balance, uses layers perfectly, it leads the eye from front to back and from left to right in a very natural way, it has correct framing, a beautiful background, a very engaging main subject that establishes eye contact with the lens in a magnetic way and is also close to the photographer, a lovely colour palette and last but not least this photo offers the viewer various options to think of a beautiful story. For me, this capture is the clear winner this time round, however I am not alone here so I guess we will find out once the final choice has been made from all 4 of us. A remarkable job by the photographer and worth many congratulations! Superb work!”
Analysis by John Hughes, Associate Street Hunter
“I have to say that the photos submitted this month are some of the best I’ve seen since I joined Streethunters. The choice wasn’t easy, I could’ve chosen any number of the photos. So why did I lock onto the photo I picked? In my own photos I’ve been enjoying negative space and good colour, I like simple photos that just capture a moment and I felt this photo did that very well. It’s all too easy to take a photo with children playing on the swings, however, this photo shows the peace of the beach before the crowds arrive. The framing and use of colours are perfect and the photographer has done an amazing job capturing the peace and tranquility.
The image also reminded me of the seaside photos that Martin Parr was taking. Mr.Parr’s photos have a timeless feel about them and I felt the same about this photograph.“
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:
- 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 Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
- 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.
- 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!