Thank you to everyone who has submitted! The competition is now closed!

We are very excited by the entries received and thank you!

The judging process will be happening soon and we will be informing those in the Top 20 by the end of October 2017.

We can't wait to find the new winner of UrbanPhotoFest Open 2017!


UrbanPhotoFest Open is an international urban photography competition, open to everyone globally over the age of 18.  Now in its second year, the competition is seeking to find outstanding images that represent our cities.

Following review and feedback from last year's competition, we have expanded the competition to include 4 categories.

You are invited to submit up to 4 images across the categories that showcase your work. 

Architecture:  Architectural photography focuses on the surfaces, structures and forms of buildings and their associated environment.

Objects: Objects oriented photography explores the urban world through things and materialities.

People:  People centred photography can include street and portraiture.

Urban Landscape:  Urban Landscape photography explores what is revealed and hidden within city spaces.

The judges will select 3 overall prize winners and will select a further 17 images that will be screened at Tate Britain during UrbanPhotoFest 2017.

We are looking forward to seeing some visually compelling images across all four categories.

The UrbanPhotoFest Open is an international urban photography competition, developed and managed by the Urban Photographers Association, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote excellence in urban photographic practice, research and education.

Entry fee

The cost of entry is £6.50 per image or £20 for four images.

Credit cards accepted. 

Great prizes

We have three generous prizes for the first three winners. 

The three winning images will be shown on the Urban Photo Fest website. 

The top 20 images will be screened at Tate Britain in November 2017

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Our panel of experts in urban photography will select winning entries based on technical skll, diversity and originality

Meet our judges

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​In 2016 our winner was Yangkun Shi

2016 winning image by Yangkun Shi

Yangkun Shi was presented with his prize at Tate Modern.

Learn more about his work here:

We are looking forward to finding a new winner for our 2017 competition!

Latest two entries

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In Urban Landscape

#1071 -

In Urban Landscape

Meet our judges

Rut Blees Luxemburg

Reader in Urban Aesthetics at the Royal College of Art, London.

Rut Blees Luxemburg is an artist who deals with the representation of the city and the phenomenon of the urban, ranging from large-scale photographic works, through public art installations and operatic mise-en-scène. She has been the subject of a monograph, Commonsensual, which details projects including the opera, Liebeslied/My Suicides, devised with the philosopher Alexander Garcia Düttmann, and documents public art installations such as Caliban Towers, with muf architects, and Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes in Heathrow Airport. She is also responsible for the iconic cover for the The Streets’ Original Pirate Material. In 2016, Rut joined the judges as part of Master of Photography screened on Sky Arts.

Paul Halliday

Creative Director, UrbanPhotoFest

Paul Halliday is a photographic artist, film-maker and urbanist based at Goldsmiths University London, where he convenes the international MA in Photography and Urban Cultures. As a former Channel 4 film director and media adviser to the British Refugee Council, he is particularly interested in the social and historical aspects of street-based urban photography. He is the creative director of UrbanPhotoFest and his visual work focuses on street-based urban photography and its relationship with cultural archaeology and urban sociology.

Gill Golding

Organiser, UrbanPhotoFest Open

Gill Golding is an urban photographer whose visual research interests lie in the field of post-industrial cities, particularly with an emphasis on regeneration, gentrification and sustainability. Gill is a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, has joined the Board of the International Visual Sociology Association, is Education Director of the Urban Photographers Association, Chair of London Independent Photography, a member of the Steering Group of UrbanPhotoFest and is the Organiser of the International Urban Photography Summer School.