The Independent Photographer

The Independent Photographer

Deadline: September 30, 2020
Entry Fee: from $15 to $40
Prizes: $400, $600, $1,000, publications and exhibitions

Theme: Street Photography

“It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important.” – Bruce Davidson

Street photography has been one of the most exciting and influential forms of photography since its creation.

Whether the subject is your own city or as you explore other territories and cultures: this month we want to discover the streets through YOUR lens!

The Judge: Richard Kalvar

Born in 1944, Richard Kalvar is an American photographer who has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1977.

Kalvar’s photographs frequently play on a discrepancy between the banality of a real situation and the uncanny feeling that is produced by a particular choice of timing and framing. In 1972 Richard Kalvar helped found the Viva agency and in 1975 he became an associate member of Magnum Photos, and a full member two years later. He has subsequently served as vice president and president.

Richard Kalvar has done extensive work in America, Asia, Europe, and notably in France, Italy, England, and the United States. A major retrospective of his work was shown at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2007, accompanied by his book Earthlings.


  • 1st Prize: $1000
  • 2nd Prize: $600
  • 3rd Prize: $400

Entry Fee

  • 1 image – $15
  • 3 images – $30
  • 6 images – $40

An International Panel of Experts

The competition jury is comprised of internationally acclaimed artists working in prestigious agencies such as Magnum Photos, VII Agency, National Geographic, Agence Vu’, Vogue & GEO.

Contest Info

Each month the competition winners and finalists are rewarded with $2000 cash prizes and direct online exposure. At the end of the year, all images are published in the ‘Talents of the Year’ book and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners are printed and exhibited during our annual group shows in Berlin and Milan.

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