You lug your camera with you wherever you go. In fact, people expect that of you. You're always looking for that authentic moment – that raw, real or priceless shot. You don't mind shooting strangers – you even prefer it. If this sounds eerily like you, you just may have what it takes to be the ultimate street photographer!
The London Street Photography Festival, which had its first run this past July, was a massive success with 13 exhibitions and more than 30 events around London over the course of the month. An even bigger and better festival is in the works for next year and applications are now being accepted for the 2012 International Street Photography Awards.
The London Street Photography Festival defines Street Photography as: "Candid photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings." (You can read more about it here.) They're looking for exceptional international photographers that display a unique style and depth of work in the genre of street photography. The genre crosses over into portraiture, documentary and art photography.
Here are some of the winning shots from the 2011 competition. (We picked out 20 of our favorites.)
The international winner will receive 2,000 cash plus a solo exhibition in London and an all-expenses paid trip to the exhibition launch and awards ceremony in London in June 2012 – total value 10,000. The first 500 applicants will be automatically entered into a draw to win some fabulous prizes including: a signed print from one of the 2011 exhibitions, an Olympus PEN camera, 100 Blurb voucher, a Crumpler Muffin Top camera bag, photo-books by Magnum and Thames & Hudson. Categories include an overall winner, a runner up, and 10 finalists.
The entry fee is 30.00? and you can register online here.
Application deadline is January 5, 2012.