25 Winners & Finalists Of LensCulture 2021 Street Photography Awards

1st Place Series: Reflections Inside the Seoul Metro by Argus Paul Estabrook

Here are the winners and finalists of the LensCulture 2021 Street Photography Awards.

On the heels of a global pandemic, with cities around the world reopening little by little, we wondered what the 2021 Street Photography Awards would show us. Would images be celebratory, with photographers reveling in the closeness of passersby after more than a year of solitude? Or would they remain eerily quiet and uncertain?

What we discovered was a wide world caught somewhere between before and after Covid-19. This year’s competition brought us hundreds of entries, revealing the hustle and bustle of daily life proceeding as it once did, but in new, often socially distanced spaces. And we were reminded that photographers express themselves with metaphors and emotions, as much as they do with the street scenes unfolding around them.

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From Seoul to Sydney, Rio to Manhattan, Istanbul to Yangoon City — talented photographers showed us their daily habitats captured brilliantly with light, shadow, color, drama, serendipity, and often a sense of humor.

2nd Place Series: In Visible Light by Sam Ferris

3rd Place Series: Out of the Shadow by Anna Biret

1st Place Single: In the Shadow by Bego Amaré

2nd Place Single: Geometric Hong Kong by Jason Au

3rd Place Single: Goat Auction in Nizwa by Maude Bardet

Jurors’ Picks: Independent Mysteries by Michael Magers

Jurors’ Picks: In Search Of It by Murat Harmanlikli

Finalist: The Light Smoker by Andrea Pozzoni

Finalist: Sea of Socks by Nrian Hodges

Finalist: My Splendid Mirage by Ed Peters

Finalist: The Trees Knows All by Giannis Giannelos

Finalist: Floating in the Sky by Herve Chatel

Finalist: Human Theatre by Merja Varkemaa

Finalist: Preparing for Paradise by Michael Mcilvaney

Finalist: Suit and Tie by Noel Rivera

Finalist: White Wall by Ole Christiansen

Finalist: Out From The Shadows by Pelle Sten

Finalist: Street Moment From NYC by Sicong Wu

Finalist: Struggle by Thaw Aung

Finalist: Dream On by Tufan Cevahirci

Finalist: Guilt by Thanakorn Treratanaboot

Finalist: Lido di Venezia, 2020 by Pier Andrea Perini

Finalist: Eyes of the City by Emre Cakmak

Finalist: Untitled by Umbrto Verdoliva

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