December 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions – Flash Street Photography

December 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions – Flash Street Photography

December 2018 monthly theme contest

Dear Readers,

The twelfth and last 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 December 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 in one of the next Street Photography contests!

At this moment I would like to thank each and every participant for submitting their“Flash Street Photography” photograph. We have a collection 20 valid submissions which can all be seen below.

The December 2018 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 December 2018 Street Photography Contest editors picks

Every month each one of us here at will pick one photo as a nominee. Here are the photos we chose and the reasons why:

Nominee No1

Analysis by Andrew Sweigart, editor

“How can an already intense scene be made even more intense? The answer with this great shot is flash! My guess is this photograph was taken during a protest where tear gas was involved. The photographer’s timing is impeccable, catching the moment where a street medic is dousing the subject’s eyes with what appears to be milk, not an uncommon sight during heated protests. With the aid of the flash, the protester’s anguished look is spectacularly illuminated in the heart of the scene. The freezing of the splashes and droplets of milk make this image rise above. The droplets even cast shadows against the subject. A very powerful image that was made outstanding with the use of flash!!!” 

"Flash Street Photography" Street Photograph by Tzen Xing
“Flash Street Photography” Street Photograph by Tzen Xing

Nominee No2

Analysis by Digby Fullam, editor

“Flash street photography is one of my favourite street photography styles and one I’ve written quite extensively about. There’s loads of potential for experimentation with punchy, dramatic high contrast lighting as well as awesome pushing-the-envelops style effects which can only be achieved with the addition of an external artificial light source. And it is the latter which is showcased to great effect in my pick for this month’s street photography contest. This striking street photo could not have been captured without a flash. The photographer needed a slow shutter speed to create the light trail effect with the boy’s ‘headdress’, and to also blur the background sufficiently to create the illusion of movement and also separation. But this slow shutter speed would have rendered the running boy a blurry mess were it not for the addition of the flash, which serves as a fill light, providing not only illumination to separate the boy from the background, but also raises the exposure sufficiently to ‘freeze’ the boy still. The overall effect is a multi-layered mix that is a wonderful combination of the ethereal and the dynamic. The composition too has been carefully designed to emphasise the dynamism of the shot. The fantastic leading lines of the railings and the extended pointing arm from the left hand edge of the frame draw our eyes towards the boy whilst also emphasising depth, so it really feels like he’s running at us. If you look deeper into the composition you’ll notice that the boy himself is actually positioned around the golden ratio point in the frame, adding more artistic ‘balance’ to the photo. All these elements combine superbly to create a brilliant flash street photo, well done!”

"Flash Street Photography" Street Photograph by Ayanava Sil
“Flash Street Photography” Street Photograph by Ayanava Sil

Nominee No3

Analysis by Spyros Papaspyropoulos, editor

“This time round it was very hard for me to choose. There were so many good photos sent in by our contestants that I just couldn’t settle on a favourite one easily. After lots of thought I decided to go with this one. I really like the use of layers, the surreal setup, the fact that I can see the eye of the person taking the selfie through the smartphone case, the flags in the background and the way the main character is lit up. The colour of his mobile phone case and its slightly shinny surface, his gold rings on his hand and the red armband on his wrist, give him a very interesting look which draws me in. I really like the way his shadow looms over him from behind too. It is as if it is about to smash something on his head! Good work and thanks for submitting to our Flash Street Photography contest! “

"Flash Street Photography" Street Photograph by Inu Nukul Leekanchana
“Flash Street Photography” Street Photograph by Inu Nukul Leekanchana

Nominee No4

Analysis by John Hughes, Associate Street Hunter

“The photo for just made me laugh, the look on the lady is awesome. Perfect timing for a street photo, I really want to know why she has that evil grin on her face. This photo leaves me asking questions and I like that. The flash really helps the viewer focus on the woman’s face.”

"Flash Street Photography" Street Photograph by Never Edit
“Flash Street Photography” Street Photograph by Never Edit

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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