Take a Walk Around the Globe With These Emerging Street Photographers

Winner of the first prize ($1,000) of the Street Photography Award: Maude Bardet, “Goat Auctions in Nizwa,” Oman (all images courtesy the artists and Independent Photographer)

The Independent Photographer has only been around for around four years, but in that time span, it has awarded $85,000 in cash prizes to emerging photographers around the world. Every month, the organization hosts a themed competition — October’s topic is the very broad category of “People,” and it is still taking submissions; three winners will share a $2,000 award. You can peruse their archives of winners and finalists online.

September’s theme was “Street Photography,” a rich subject with a long history. Looking at the winning photographs and finalists, which were selected by the competition judge and American photographer Richard Kalvar, we’re reminded of the chaotic and energetic city streets of days not so long ago — what Kalvar describes of the winning photograph, by Maude Bardet, as “a kind of dance.”

Take a walk through Bangladesh, London, New York City, Shanghai, and Bathsheba, Barbados in the images of the 10 finalists below.

Winner of the second prize ($600): Mithail Afrige Chowdhury, “The Eyes,” Dhaka, Bangladesh
Winner of the third prize ($400): Francesco Gioia, “Red Girl,” Oxford Street, London, UK
Alexandra Avlonitis, “Marchers, St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” New York City, USA (finalist)
Giuseppe Cirillo, “Untitled,” India (finalist)
Johnny Martinez, “MIKE,” Shanghai, China
Luning Cao, “Egg Picker.” A man picks out dug eggs in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. (finalist)
Paul Kessel, “Soho,” New York City (finalist)
Stephen Taylor, “Broken Home.” A man walks past an abandoned house in Bathsheba, Barbados. (finalist)
Sujon Adhikary, “Shadow tells many tales,” Bangladesh (finalist)

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