The OBSERVE Collective Under Construction street photography contest shortlist has been announced and the list contains some truly excellent work from some of the brightest minds in street photography. All images in the shortlist will be exhibited alongside the OBSERVE show in Germany and the 3 winning images will share €1000 in prize money. Hit the jump for more information.
OBSERVE Collective Under Construction Shortlist
Entries for the OBSERVE Collective Under Construction street photography contest closed on May 1, 2015 but they’ve just released the shortlist of photographs that will be exhibited alongside the first OBERSVE group show in Iserlohn, Germany on June 13, 2015. The shortlist contains images from 70 street photographers:
The top 3 images will be selected to win a total of €1000 in prize money. Winners will be announced at the exhibition party in Iserlohn, Germany and on the OBSERVE Collective website on June 13, 2015.
More information can be found on the contest’s Flickr group:
OBSERVE Collective Under Construction Flickr Group.
I have to admit that I’m scratching my head at the “short” list that contains 70 images. It’s a mixed bag of good to truly excellent street photography but I can’t help but think that this list looks more like a first edit than an actual shortlist.
One of the issues I have with this contest is that OBSERVE isn’t judging the contest. As a result it doesn’t really represent the high standards that we’ve come to expect from one of the best street photography collectives working today. You have to hope that the final winners will up the ante a bit!
However you look at it, there’s a solid group of photographs represented in the shortlist and I’m eager to see the winning images!
What’s your take on the OBSERVE Collective Under Construction shortlist? Do you have a favorite image? Post your ideas in the comments below and keep the conversation going!