The Independent Photographer had organized it’s monthly photo contest in February 2021,under the theme “Street Photography. An iconic contemporary photographer, Martin Parr had been a judge in this event selecting the best photographs.
Parr, well-known photographer for his iconic photography projects that take an intimate and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, documenting the social classes of England, and wealth of the Western world.

Being the president for Magnum Photos from 2013 to 2017 which he was a member since 1994. He is world renown for being featured and curating a huge number of photography festivals.

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#1 Joseph- Philippe Bevillard- 2nd Prize

“After Church Wedding”- Wexford, Ireland, 2019.

Irish travelling community women and girls getting together after church. Little girls as of age 3 are in high heels, makeup, tanning and also in colorful dresses as a part of their ritual.

Prize: $600.

Martin Parr had said in his feedback, that the image was captured at a traveller’s wedding in Wexford, Ireland really catches the ambiance of the event, with everyone in their places. The woman on the left, adjusting her daughter’s dress, with a cigarette in the mouth is exceptional, and this with the layers of pink dresses makes an exceptional image. Also it is a co-incident that the 2 winners both distilled a complicated real life situation into beautifully balanced images. And that we will see with his runners up, we often get a strong image embedded in simplicity, but his challenge of street photography is to make order within chaos.

#2 Giuliano Lo Re

“The Train for Jaipur”- India

The journey from New Delhi to Jaipur, while people are rest inside the train. On the journey for a few hours the wagon is like their home. Some people are lost in their thoughts while resting on the seats and some brush, shave or into preparing meals.

#3 Marcel Van Balken

“Repair”- Dordogne, France.

Someone under the vehicle shows the car might be broken but it’s not very clear what the lady is trying to do. Maybe she’s trying to fix the car while her dog sits in the car. Her doggie doesn’t seem satisfied with it.

#4 Monia Marchionni—3rd Prize

“The gardens from the sky”- Cuba.

On a summer day, members of an Italo-Cuban family spend their time in a beach-front house.

Prize: $400.

The Independent Photographers Editors had stated in their feedback, theoretical and deeply expressive, Monia Marchionni’s impeccably-timed skills communicates the diversity of the family life; capturing the uniqueness of each person with equal lucidity, it demonstrates how a plainly random scene can be transformed by the lens of a skilled photographer.

#5 Orna Naor

“Children looking through the glass”- Beni Brak, Israel, 2000.

#6 Carlos Antonorsi

“Fantasy Alley”- Hollywood Beach, Florida, USA, 2020.

#7 Florian Lang—1st Prize

“Buddhist Roadside Shrine”- Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2020

People visiting a buddhist roadside shrine found in Siem Reap.

Prize: $1000

Martin Parr had given his feedback saying, one of the attributes of an exceptional street photo is to get every element lined up, so out of a random bunch of people, objects along the background share room to breathe. In this composition of this Buddhist shrine in Cambodia everything fits, and the people have actual roles inside the frame. Errors are not found easily in this photo, and that he is aware how hard this is to capture.

#8 Andrew Biraj

“Workers in a shipyard”- Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Shipyard workers by the river Buriganga, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

#9 Lorenzo Caten

“La comitiva”- Paola, Calabria, Italy, 2020.

An italian term that is used to describe a set of youngsters with a close bond is “La Comitiva”. He had met this group randomly at the seaside and he had enjoyed his evenings with them portraying their daily rituals along the beaches of a small town in Italy.

#10 Susanne Grether

“Workout session”- Varanasi, India, 2020.

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