Street photography, like the medium in general, has witnessed an explosion of popularity over the past decade. What drives us to produce so many pictures, to make such endless piles (or files) of photographs? Scroll through your feed and notice how in many of these photographs the lens is pointed outward—the frame becomes the beholder’s attempt to capture a moment or make sense of the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in street photography, in which the camera is used to find some order, impose a structure, or simply recognize the joyous chaos of the world’s ever-growing cities and built environments.
We began these awards with the idea of recognizing fresh approaches to the venerable genre, hoping to support and encourage this invaluable manner of helping us visualize and understand the surrounding world. With this 3rd successful edition, our confidence in the vibrancy of street photography has been rewarded: we believe the 37 winners, jurors’ picks and finalists chosen here represent some of the most interesting approaches to street photography today. Quietly observed beauty, in-your-face confrontation, deeply personal narratives and idiosyncratic, even humorous perspectives—across all of these varied works, the language of the street is being used to tell all kinds of stories in original and innovative ways. We hope you appreciate these discoveries; we encourage you to spend time exploring all of them and then going on to learn more about your favorites. Congratulations to all! Continue reading.