The freelance photographer has announced the most emotional street photographs taken by photographers around the world (10 photos)

The Independent Photographer, an international network of photography enthusiasts and photographers, has announced the winners of its street photography competition, which took place in May 2022. We received images from over 50 different countries, mostly states United States (30% of participants), but also from Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and China.

The Street Photography Contest aims to celebrate and reward photographers who are the best at observing and recording life on the streets. Whether the subject is the photographers’ urban environment or whether they are exploring other territories and cultures, we were looking for these spontaneous and ephemeral moments and it is with great pleasure that we present the work of these incredibly talented artists to you!

Contest judge: Bruce Gilden. A member of Magnum Photos since 1998, Bruce Gilden is one of the most iconic street photographers of our time. Known for his graphic and often conflicting close-ups shot with flash, Gilden has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and, in 2013, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Since the 1970s his work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

We are delighted to present the images of 10 artists whose work demonstrates exceptional talent. All of the full captions can be found on The Independent Photographer’s winners page, along with comments from competition judge Bruce Gilden.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

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Davide Albani – 1st place. Price – $1,000

“Oktoberfest” – Munich, Germany.

The photo is taken during the famous beer festival, Oktoberfest.

Valentine de Villemeur – 2nd place. Price – $600

“Scouts” – Paris, France.

“I was walking around Paris when I heard children chatting and laughing from afar. I saw that it was a group of scout children and I knew that there was an interesting plan there. So, I stood in the middle of the street so they would face me. Suddenly a child grabbed his friend by the shoulder and shouted at him “look over there!” and I quickly took the picture while he raised his arm to point at something behind me.

Francesco Gioia – 3rd place. Price – $400

‘Hand and Cigarette’ – Leicester Square, London, UK.

Brad Jones – finalist

“A Fragile Utopia 72”

“I started A Fragile Utopia with the belief that I was creating a project where I would document my daily life in Brooklyn. Understanding at the time that this city was a cultural and political refuge for me because I grew up in a small town I’ve come to realize that A Fragile Utopia is more about building a world that I want to see in my head.

Andreea Badiu-Slabu – finalist

“The Parisians” – Paris, France.

“I imagine he lived in Paris most of his life. How many times has it been photographed?! I want to guess not much. But now there is at least one.

Anna Biret – finalist

“Look to the future” – India.

“I was at the bus station and this girl on her way to school caught my eye. She had a very intriguing personality, a form of pride and modernity, which contrasts directly with the reality of life in India.

Dovlet Annayev – finalist

“Gel Doy” – Berlin, Germany.

A night shot was taken on a snowy winter night on the streets of Berlin, Germany.⁠

Ilya Nikolayev – finalist

“Coffee and Cigarette” – Manhattan, New York, USA.

Candid photograph taken on 47th Street, NYC.

Inge Colijn – finalist

“Street scene” – Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Young boys search for abandoned fish at the fish market in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Pierluigi Mesolella – finalist

Established in 2016, The Independent Photographer has quickly become a major resource for the world of international photography thanks to the popularity of its online magazine and annual exhibitions. We run a monthly photographic competition with the aim of discovering new talents, with a jury such as Steve McCurry, Maggie Steber, Jacob Aue Sobol, Alessia Glaviano, Ed Kashi (and many more), bringing together the biggest names in photography. To date, we have held over 60 competitions and awarded over $140,000 in prizes to artists, and printed, published and exhibited over 400 photographers, both online and at our annual exhibitions.

We welcome all photographers. From professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs to beginners. We are interested in all kinds of photography and we think everyone has a chance.

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