Miami Street Photography Festival 2017
December 7, 2017 - December 10, 2017
HistoryMiami and the Miami Street Photography Festival created the Miami Photo Series competition as homage to the festival’s host city. Participants submitted a series of 5-7 images that document a story or explore a theme inspired by life in Miami. On display were the top three finalists, selected by award-winning photographer Maggie Steber, and J. Tomas Lopez, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami. The grand prize winner was announced at the awards ceremony during the week of Art Basel.
Street photographers strive to capture the life and culture of public spaces, searching for what photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson termed the “Decisive Moment.” This is the split-second when an image becomes complete in its composition, when the shutter is released, and the moment is captured forever.
Photographers use their keen sense of observation to capture candid, unique, and compelling moments in the everyday life of strangers—whether they are gestures, actions, or scenes. There is no posing involved, no manipulation of the scene, and little or no post-processing of the image. This realism has provided an accurate and insightful record of street culture throughout the world, with images portraying everything from the ugly, gritty side of life to more humorous situations. They are moments that unless captured, might otherwise go unnoticed.
Participants from sixty-two countries competed in the 2017 Miami Street Photography Festival competition. On view were ninety-nine images selected as finalists by an expert panel of judges. These images represented contemporary street photography at its finest, worldwide. First, second, and third-place winners were selected during the week of Art Basel by Magnum photographers Alessandra Sanguinetti and Constantine Manos, New York street photographers Larry Fink and Richard Sandler, and National Geographic’s Maggie Steber.