The Results Are In! Photo Contest Winners Announced for the ThinkTank Giveaway

Thanks everyone for the overwhelming response and involvement in our Street Photography contest. We had a blast looking through the thousands of entries and have finally managed to wittle them down to our three favorites….plus five honorable mentions that we felt compelled to shine a spotlight on. Take a look!
[Winners – congrats! We will be in touch with you about your ThinkTank prizes.]

The Winners

Wojtek Lesiak

This photo embodies the spirit of street photography. Out in the world, traveling, fun and spontaneous. What makes it good is that the photographer saw something that no one else did. There are great parallels in the frame. Out of more than 2,000 photos this one caught me off guard and made me laugh aloud. The photo looked back at me.


Jeremy Givens

The photographer merged fashion and street for this photo. Breaking down the barriers between two genres in a “candid-posed” moment. Genre-bending. I love the reaction of the lady looking back while everyone else is trying to ignore the model.

Adrian Woźniak

The photographer saw an opportunity for a unique moment – one that would be very easy to overlook. The expression is gritty and raw. I couldn’t figure out where the man is even standing!? I like the shallow depth of field with the tack sharp face – it’s a really impressive technical photo while still achieving some mystery and wonder.

Honorable Mentions:

Sr. Alexander Gilman,

We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive process and our entire group can be grateful to you.

I have recently started a website, the information you offer on this website has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.” by Marcus Tullius Cicero.

James says:

Love these shots!

Yvel says:

I love street photography and these photos are amazing. Congrats to all the winners.

I’m so crazy happy! Love the Jarvis team, Creative live, and am stoked to have a small part in it!

Heikki says:

Great urban photos! My points go for Jeremy Givens because great contrast of different people.

adrian says:

Thanks Lawrence :)

Congratulations to the winners! (especially the surprised and humble Adrian! :) )
Some awesome photos here – would love to see the top 500. But I guess that is subjective too.
As for the legalities of taking and then displaying photos – this world has gone mad.

adrian says:

Wow, I’m a little shocked I have to admit. First time I won something in a photo contest :)))) Person on my pic is a tram driver reflecting in the rear mirror.

Congratz to all the winners :)

adrian says:

Rear view mirror I mean ;)

Erik Hecht says:

Congrats Adrian. Send an email to with your address so we can get your bag to you.

Enjoyable pictures!… Thanks for organising.

Can you point us to a blogpots (yours) that ellaborates the subject-rights to these images?
Specifically,.. Did the photographer get a signed release from the girl (and dog’s owner) and motorbike brand (we can see the logo) ?? Should he have? Are YOU guys legal-safe in publishing these without releases?.. Or are you passing on the legal-problems to the submitter-photographer in the case of legal-process? I think to understand, for example, that here in Switzerland photographers don’t even have tacit-yes rights to snap the shot (where the subject clearly sees that you are taking a pic of them and they smile and clearly show they are happy with that) let alone publish-rights.

I would LOVE to do more street photography,.. But am so worried about the legal ramifications (ever-evolving) and the image-rights of recognizable people in the shots…. that I often renounce. Do you know of a summary book/url/other?… Or articles of horror-stories… or articles of success-stories (where the photographer was legalAttacked but got off scott-free because he was within his rights). ? THANKS


Shawn — You can shoot street photography as long as your local laws don’t prohibit it. In the U.S. releases are only needed if these photos were going to be sold or licensed to a commercial entity for advertising (for example: sold through a micro stock photo web site). Street photography can be shared online like these were and even sold as prints to private collectors without a release. That’s how it is here. You would need to check the laws where you are at.

Hope this helps.


Davor Pavlic says:

@Shawn Koppenhoefer


Everything in a public place is permitted to be photographed with some exceptions. Buildings which have higher security (banks, embassy, etc) and, depending on your countries law, children.
A person may or may not like to have his or hers picture taken, but that is the risk they take every they by choosing to go outside or in the words of Dian Arbus: “One of the risks of appearing in public is the likelihood of being photographed.”

You do not need approval or a signed model release for non commercial use of the photographs. In case you want to participate in an exhibition or a contest, you can do that. If you would like to put the image on some micro stock site, then you need permission and a signed release.

A member card of a local photoclub could help you in inevitable discussions with authorities now and then.

prakash says:

great pics, and congrats to the winners

Jim Shaw says:

Excellent choices, It was a fun contest to be part of , Thanks to everyone who worked on it. Jim

Farrah Allan says:

Wow, Dave – beautiful shot! well done.

Davor Pavlic says:

It looks like the 2nd place is not a reflection, so you can’t realy place the person. Because it’s a torn out picture standing somewhere. (?)

1st and 3rd place by Polish guys?! Hell yeah!

Thank you, Chase! ;)

Krebs says:

Congrats Wojtek and all winners! Great pics.

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