International Street Photography Award 2013

International Street Photography Award 2013

The best street photography from around the world

Entry Start:

12th December, 2012


12th February, 2013 11:00 PM GMT


17th February, 2013 23:00 GMT


Annual Award



£30 / £15 students and entrants from certain countries


Skill Level:


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The best street photography from around the world

After the success of the International Street Photography Awards in 2011 and 2012, the Awards returned for their third year running in 2013. The Awards followed a similar format to the previous two years, but were organised in 2013 for the first time by the exciting new home of photography, Fotoura.

To celebrate, we worked hard to make the 2013 Awards bigger than ever, with a stronger international focus and more opportunities for community involvement. All shortlisted photographers had their work promoted internationally via press outlets, the Fotoura website, iPhone & iPad apps and our social media platforms. We awarded first, second and third prize winners and 10 runners-up.

The 2013 International Street Photography Awards (ISPAs) included Open and Student categories, and were open to photographers from around the globe. Work from the winners and a selection of the best entries to the 2013 competition were shown in an exhibition at the prestigious East London gallery, ICN Space, between 18 and 27 April 2013.

All entries to the 2013 Awards were submitted around the theme: HOMETOWN. The 2013 Award season also introduced a new Public Vote element, giving photographers even more opportunities for recognition beyond the main prizes if they chose to have their work featured in the Fotoura App. The app allowed the public to vote for their favourite images, and the most popular entry from each country was showcased online and at the Awards exhibition that took place London alongside the other country winners.

To see the winners from the 2011 and 2012 Awards, visit the 2012 International Street Photography Awards page and the 2011 International Street Photography Awards page.

The Theme: Hometown

Photographers were asked to keep to the same parameters of the previous Street Photography Awards - in other words, complying with our definition of Street Photography; and were required to comply with the theme by only entering photographs taken in places they live or have lived, wherever that may be.

Read more about the HOMETOWN theme →.

  • £2000 cash
  • Your work headlining at the Awards exhibition in London
  • Samsung Galaxy WiFi Camera
  • £100 book voucher to print your own photo-book

  • £500 cash
  • Your work shown at the exhibition in London
  • £100 voucher to print your own photo-book

  • £250 cash
  • Your work shown at the exhibition in London
  • £100 voucher to print your own photo-book

  • Selected images shown at the exhibition in London
  • A Crumpler camera bag
  • A Thames & Hudson photo-book


James Lange
James Lange

James has been a professional photographer in London since 1998, working for a n ... READ MORE >>umber of editorial clients, specialising in portraiture and reportage. From 2005 - 2011 James was archive manager of the PYMCA image library specialising in Youth Culture and music. During this time he was responsible for picture editing and content management as well as curating a number of exhibitions including 'Unordinary People' at the Royal Albert Hall and editing the book 'Streetstyle' by Ted Polhemus, published in 2010. In 2011 James joined Universal Images Group as a picture editor, editing content from image libraries for international distribution. He continues to work as a freelance photographer.

David Gibson
David Gibson

David Gibson has been taking street photographs for 25 years and is a member of ... READ MORE >>in-public the international collective of street photographers. His work has been widely exhibited and published including recently in the Thames and Hudson book, Street Photography Now, an anthology of some of the world's leading street photographers.
In addition to his photography David regularly leads street photography workshops in London and other cities worldwide.

Jesse Marlow
Jesse Marlow

Jesse Marlow was the inaugural winner of the International Street Photography Aw ... READ MORE >>ard in 2011. Based in Melbourne, Australia he has been widely exhibited and published over the last 15 years including the Thames & Hudson Street Photography Now book. Marlow has published two of his own books - Centre Bounce: Football from Australia's Heart and Wounded. In mid 2013 Marlow's latest book of street photos Don't Just Tell Them, Show Them will be released. Marlow is a member of the international street photographers collective

Richard Garner
Richard Garner

I started working as a photographer in 2006 after ditching an unfulfilling comme ... READ MORE >>rcial career to follow my passion for taking photos.
Work in Travel and Event photography followed, both for editorial and for music acts in cities and festivals, I've used these opportunities to explore my fascination with street markets, which forms the basis of my long-term project - to capture and collect market life around the world.
Fotoura was conceived as the answer to what I needed when I switched careers - a place to discover, learn and share photography. Every month it evolves into something new and I enjoy it's growing sense of being an International community of like-minded photographers.
Although I still take photos professionally most of my time goes into making Fotoura better for other photographers... so my photography these days is less about me and more about being a small part of everyone elses!

Peter Dench
Peter Dench

Made in England. Based in London.
Dench works primarily in the editorial, portra ... READ MORE >>iture, video and advertising fields of image making. A keen and astute observer of human nature and in particular some of the quirkier aspects of life. His distinctive, strong reportage style, predominantly in color, has guaranteed regular commissions from a range of respected national and international publications including, among others; STERN, TIME, & the New Yorker.
Dench has achieved a World Press Photo Award in the People in the News Stories category and participated in the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass. Solo exhibitions include; LoveUK, Cardiff, 2010; England Uncensored, Visa pour l’Image festival of photojournalism, France, 2011; The British Abroad, Photoreporter festival, France, 2013. In 2010, Dench placed 2nd in Advertising at the Sony World Photography Awards.
Football’s Hidden Story, a FIFA sponsored project comprising 26 stories across 20 different countries documenting the positive impact that football has had at grass root level on individuals and communities across the planet, received six global accolades including a World in Focus, AOP Open and PDN Photo Annual Award.
Dench's memoirs, the often laugh-out-loud Dench Diary, was published by the United Nations of Photography in 2013. England Uncensored, his first visual monograph was published by Emphasis in May 2012. He is also contributing editor at film & photography magazine, Hungry Eye and Co-Creative Director at White Cloth Gallery, a film + photography events space in the heart of Leeds, UK.

Lauren Heinz
Lauren Heinz

Lauren Heinz is currently Senior Editor at the British Journal of Photography. S ... READ MORE >>he was previously Director of Foto8, working on 8 Magazine and curating at their gallery space in London. Alongside editing 8 Magazine, Lauren was invited as a guest curator at the London Festival of Photography in 2012 and the Noorderlicht Photo Festival in 2009 and continues to work with photographers who are committed to story-telling.

John Maloof
John Maloof

I guess you can call me a street photographer. I always have my camera with me t ... READ MORE >>o document interesting moments or stories I come across in my life. I'm not a commercial photographer and not interested in becoming one. Photography is a personal obsession of mine.

Tiffany Jones
Tiffany Jones

As a photographer Tiffany has made the street her subject for the past ten years ... READ MORE >>, shooting daytime and nightlife scenes in London and afar. She is Editor of fLIP magazine for London Independent Photography and was on the judging panel for three consecutive years for the International Street Photography Awards (2011-13). She regularly exhibits and speaks about her photographic work, and also leads workshops in street photography and project editing.


  • The theme of the competition is Hometown. We are looking for examples of street photography that adhere to this theme.
  • Please read our definitions of STREET PHOTOGRAPHY and of HOMETOWN carefully before you begin.
  • Photographs may be taken anywhere in the world.
  • Photographs may not be staged or posed.
  • Photographs do not need to include people, but should at the very least imply human existence.
  • Photographs must be taken in the public realm (for example: streets, subways, museums, beaches, parks, events, the countryside, etc.)
  • Images do not need to form a set or tell a story, but submissions will be judged as a body of work and not as individual photos.
  • You may enter only one award - either the Open Category or the Student Category.
  • You must submit between 5-8 (no less than 5) images or your entry will not be accepted. However you may go in and change your images or add more (up to a total of 8) until the deadline.
  • Images should be a minimum of 2000 pixels in width/height at 72 dpi and no more than 7 megabytes in size.
  • NOTE ON COPYRIGHT: the images remain the property of the author and Fotoura requires a license to use the images in any way other than in relation to the awards. For any other usage we will always ask the photographer first.
  • You must adhere to the entry rules


12th Dec 2012 - 12th Feb 2013: Competition Open

During this time, entrants may submit photos and edit their entries through the Fotoura site.

13th Feb 2013 - 17th Feb 2013: Late Entry - Penalty Fee

During this time, entrants who have paid the late entry fee may submit photos and edit their entries through the Fotoura site. There will be no further extension period.

1st Feb 2013 - 28th Feb 2013: Public voting open for country winners

If you choose to include one of your images in the Fotoura App, you will also be eligible to win a public vote to become an individual country winner for your particular country. All entries will be viewable on the Fotoura App, with voting taking place on the Fotoura website. The person with the most votes in each country, as of 11pm on the 28th February 2013, will be the country winner for that country. Make sure you check back to vote on your favourite photographers from each country.

13th Feb 2013 - 11th March 2013: Judging of all submissions

Our panel of judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners, plus 10 runners up from all submissions. The main judging of the competition is completely separate from the public vote taking place via the Fotoura App and entrants' identities are kept anonymous until winners are chosen. This process has been extended by one week from the 4th to the 11th.

12th March 2013: Winners of all categories announced.

The winners of each category - Open, Student and publicly voted Country winners - will be announced on the 12th March 2013 on the Fotoura website, and all entrants will be informed of the results via email. This has been extended by one week to allow more time for judging.

April 2013: Winners exhibition, London, UK

An exhibition will be held in London (dates and venue TBC) featuring all the winners and finalists.

ENTRY START DATE: 12th December, 2012 | ENTRY DEADLINE: 12th February, 2013 11:00 PM | DEADLINE EXTENSION: 17th February, 2013 23:00 GMT

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