We are extremely happy to announce the results of our fifteenth In-street Monthly Thematic Contest – April, 2019.
The Street Photography Contest Theme for April, 2019 was ‘Odd One Out’.
We received lots of great images during April 01 – April 12, 2019 in our FB group. Thank you so much friends for your enthusiastic response and huge participation. We are very happy to see many images with some innovative interpretation of the monthly theme. It was a tough and exciting job for us to choose the best ones from so many great images.
It is with great pleasure that we announce our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners along with 9 other honorable mentions.
We also have a special winner this time – The Mentor’s Choice image has been chosen by our Guest Mentor Moushumee K Jha.
So here is the result… The winner is – Ilan Ben Yehuda !
[In-Street Review] When we are looking at a single photo, we always look for two ingredients that transcend the image from its ordinary status into something unique. Those ingredients, together with the blending of other elements, depart from mere representation of facts by means of aesthetic and conceptual choices and at times the incorporation of emotional/psychological component. Does the photograph deliver a particular emotion to the viewer as a result of photographer’s intuitive connection with the subject, and does it become an experience? Not all images possesses these qualities.
Here Ilan Ben Yehuda’s aesthetic sensibility and visual language are very well reflected in this image with great use of human elements, color and varied range of strong expressions and emotions. It is clearly visible that the photographer is more into the moment both on a formal and emotional level. Not only that, through this image, the photographer invites the viewers to wonder, to get engaged and to be part of the moment. It doesn’t provide answers, rather it raises questions, makes us wonder, makes us feel, and still the mystery remains! And that makes the image really strong! Above all it is worth mentioning that the image is a perfect fit for the theme.
Second place goes to Sachin Sawansiya !
Third place goes to Yiannis Yiasaris !
And the Mentor’s Choice goes to Deb Lahiri !
[Guest Mentor’s Review] We always admire content that intrigues us, engages us, inspires us, motivates us. Something in the content holds our attention for longer than usual as we scroll thru the infinite choices we are presented daily. Good images distract us for longer than usual, great images have a unique way of dialogue with their viewers. You ask questions about the image. You look deeply. It makes you think within the boundaries of your own individual vision and perspective and then you try to find your answers within the image. You start a conversation with the image without actually saying a word.
An image may have all the technical perfections and presentation yet may fail to open up that conversation. An image may look ordinary at the first glance but at times it makes you come back and urges you to open up a dialogue.
This images created that curiosity in me. My admiration for the image grew only stronger every time it popped up on the page because it managed to throw a strange puzzle in front of me and I was provoked to solve it. Those figures with unusual body contour looking at a different direction, God knows in search of what, that itself was a puzzle. And then a man pops up in the scene with his own set of expression and body language looking at a new direction.. this threw another puzzle at me. I was not sure whether he was also as curious as me to find out where and why those figures were looking at or it is just that he had eyes fixed on something else that the other figures failed to see. These are hypothetical situations, yet it succeeded in creating a storm within me with these curiosities. That is precisely when the image became a winner for me.
Finally, here are other Nine Honorable Mentions !
Many congratulations to all the respective photographers! Cheers!
If you want to participate in In-Street Monthly Thematic Contest, please join our FB Group and look for the announcement of our next monthly theme.