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Our 5 winners were announced at Tate Britain on 10 November!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition this year!
The quality of entries was so high, we have extended the top 20 images to 30
All 30 images can be seen on the image carousel above
We screened all 30 images at Tate Britain
We added two further prizes (£30 vouchers) to make up 5 winners
The 5 winners were announced at Tate Britain on 10 November
The five prize winners are:
First Prize: Henning S Pettersen
The judges said: There is an electrifying dynamism in this photographic urban poem, intense colours bind together disparate elements of the urban space: ornamental bins, cars and street are connected and yet the narrative is tantalisingly elusive and invitingly open.
Second Prize: Arek Rataj
The judges said: This evocative portrait of child and a cat merging into one face reminds us of the possibility of a magical world where human, animal and nature are intertwined and safeguard each other. The cat metamorphoses into a protective mask, shielding the child behind the ominous fence.
Third Prize: Dominic Teagle
The judges said: "I want to live there" Roland Barthes exclaimed when he saw a photograph on an old house. We have a similar response seeing this place of possibility. All the elements are here, the well-used automobile, some urban horticulture, and the yard with stuff to make things with. This photograph celebrates a certain type of place where there can still exists a certain type of freedom.
Fourth Prize: Frank Verreyken
The judges said: The windows to No. 40 are boarded up, the lower window fenced off by a grille, and yet the image is not bleak, as through the transformative power of photography the chip-board becomes textured marble and the symmetry of the brick work provides a frame. This work alerts us to the pleasure of looking.
Fifth Prize: James Mason
The judges said: The lip-stick red textile corner clashes with reflective chrome, marble, glass and polished concrete in a joyous celebration of the ground. By drawing our attention to what is 'low' we are placed within the pleasure-ground of the 'common sensual': vibrancy, textures and rhythm.
Congratulations to the 5 winners!
The names of our 30 finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Arek Rataj x 2 images
Frank Verreyken x 3 images
Henning S Pettersen x 2 images
Kendra Susan Pfeil
Luca Tommasi x 2 images
Matt Portch x 3 images
Victor Frankowski x 2 images
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.
The cost of entry is £6.50 per image or £20 for four images.
Credit cards accepted.
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
Our panel of experts in urban photography will select winning entries based on technical skll, diversity and originality
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: http://www.shiyangkun.com
We are looking forward to finding a new winner for our 2017 competition!
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.
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.
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.