The folks at I SHOT it have FINALLY added street photography to their never ending list of paid photo contests. The first I SHOT IT street photography contest starts on November 26, 2014 and the winner gets a brand new Leica X (Typ 113) plus a cash prize. Hit the jump for more info.
I SHOT IT Street Photography Contest
I SHOT IT has regular photo contests for cars, dogs, cats and birds so it’s a bit of a mystery as to why they waited this long to add a street photography contest! But they finally got on the ball and the first I SHOT IT street photography contest is scheduled to start tomorrow and run until February 18, 2015.
Each entry will set you back $8.00 USD and the winner will receive a cash prize ($3.00 from each entry is added to the pot) and a brand new Leica X (Typ 113). Not exactly sure why the street photography contest prize isn’t a new M 240 when the black and white competition offers a Monochrom. Here’s hoping they realize that street photography will be a marquee contest and offer an appropriate prize the next time around!
The I SHOT IT street photography contest is being judged by Herbert Piel, a photojournalist who has worked for the DPA (German press agency), Associated Press and several news magazines. He has photographed in crisis areas like Kosovo, Ethiopia, Russia, Tschernobyl, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and covered the political scene in Europe for many years.
It’s an interesting choice to use a photojournalist to judge the street photography competition as many photographers see the two disciplines as unique unto themselves. Looking forward to seeing the results!
About The I SHOT IT Photo Contest
For a small fee, i-shot-it.com lets photo enthusiasts of all levels – from amateurs to professional – take part in photo competitions. Depending on the competition, the images are either judged by a jury of acclaimed photographers or by the I-Shot-It community through direct online voting.
Winners of the online photography competitions receive cash prizes – financed by the charges due for uploading image material — and a Leica camera. The current fourteen categories include genres such as wildlife, landscapes, black and white, cars, transport, flowers, street photography, sports, food and more.
Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder of Leica Camera AG, acquired a 25.1% stake in I Shot It in 2013.
What’s your take on the I SHOT IT street photography contest? Great opportunity to see the work of street photographers from around the world or just another rights grab? Post your ideas in the comments below and keep the conversation going!