We're delighted to reveal the names of the 25 talented photographers who won AAP Magazine #22: Streets. They come from 14 different countries and 4 continents!
John Maloof wrote A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light and composition, impeccable timing, a populist or humanitarian outlook and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment.
The twenty-five winning photographers did just that and captured life in towns and cities around the world.
For this 22nd edition of AAP Magazine, we were looking for the heart and soul of a society and its people. Whether photographed in the countryside, or in an urban setting, the images we chose reflect the diversity of the photographers background and approach to street photography. Thanks to their ability to grasp decisive moments, they allow us to become a spectator of their wanderings, a curious observer of people's behavior.
Selecting the winners was certainly not an easy task, but in the end we hope you will all enjoy this collection of weird and wonderful stolen moments.
The Winner of AAP Magazine 22 Streets is Denis Karasev (Russia) with the series 'Meanwhile in Russia'
The Dragon from the series 'Meanwhile in Russia' © Denis Karasev
Shot in Hongkong in 2017
Denis Karasev on Instagram
The Second Place Winner is Annette Lang (France) with the series 'Whimsical Street'
Alter Ego from the series 'Whimsical Street' © Annette Lang
With the world shrinking due to the pandemic, I have explored the limited stretch of the Nice waterfront over and over again. I had expected boredom and endless repetition and found the contrary. The one mile of the world at my doorstep held all the magic I had been hunting throughout the world. Looking more closely and feeling totally tuned in to my environment, many totally unexpected and wonderfully whimsical moments unfolded in my lens. From a senior swimming club celebrating Halloween in their own facetious way and medical students having back to school fun to a tricycle transformed into an amphibious flamingo float, the Promenade in Nice turned out to be a spot of renewed wonder. The sky shining in bright blue became the canvas against which the beauty of everyday scenes was set. The signature line of blue chairs looking out to the sea or the wall running along the shore host many a human moment that become fascinating if ony we are ready to slow down our pace and watch.
Annette Lang on Instagram
The Third Place Winner is Joseph-Philippe Bevillard (Ireland) with the series 'Irish Travelers'
Pink Cotton Candy, Borris Fair, Carlow, Ireland 2019 from the series 'Irish Travellers' © Joseph-Philippe Bevillard
An Irish Traveller girl enjoyed a cotton candy at a popular Travellers Fair in Carlow.
Joseph-Philippe Bevillard's Website
Joseph-Philippe Bevillard' on Instagram
Marco Gualazzini (Italy)
Somalia: the resilient nation © Marco Gualazzini
Somalia: the resilient Nation
Somalia, Bosaso. 06/10/2015 Haji Mire Primary School in Bosaso, with 9 classes where children study English, Arabic, Maths, Physics and the Koran. Bosaso: the coastal city of 700,000 inhabitants. It is the main port of Somalia and it is the capital of Puntland; this macro-northern region, compare to the rest of the country, enjoys of a relative political and military stability, but it’s one of the spots most affected by drought during the 2017.
(life returns in aftermath Al- Shabaab)
Somalia has an emblematic role to play in any attempt to understand the refugee crisis today, because this country on the Horn of Africa - together with Syria - is the state from which a large proportion of the population are fleeing in search of asylum throughout the world.
The internally displaced number over a million, and another million that have found refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe; however, by virtue of a historical and geo-political paradox, this country - the emblem of war on earth - has also become a place of welcome: over 30,000 Yemenites have already landed on the Somali coasts, in flight from the Arabian peninsula (where the Houthi rebels are at war with the Saudi-guided coalition) and have found refuge in a nation that for 25 years now has been under the anarchic rule of hordes of undisciplined soldiers.
The help these Yemenites are receiving from the Somali people is indicative of the desire for change afoot in the former Italian colony. From Bosaso to Dolow, this desire for change is palpable everywhere: girls from Mogadishu go to the beach; beauty parlours and games arcades are opening up; people want to start living again, and to do so they are prepared to stand up to the dictates and threats of Al Shabaab. The jihadist group, although in difficulty and rocked by an internal crisis, has not however ceased to carry out terrorist attacks and take carefully targeted action against journalists, government figures and international troops.
The climate of terror, the corrupt state administration, the formation of armed clan groups are all contributing factors to the disease that has been devouring Somalia for decades, but rising up against it today is the collective sentiment of a people that does not wish to feel alone and has decided to take its destiny into its own hands in order to conquer fear and look to the future.
Anna Biret (France)
My Lovely Dog from the series Street Emotions © Anna Biret
I live for spontaneous encounters that can only take place in the streets, looks, compositions and colors lead me to create portraits through contact and empathy.
A woman blindfolding her eyes from the sun, a shadow flooding the edges of a fruit stand, a scarf carried away by a sudden gust of wind, these ordinary scenes become extraordinary fragments that make up my photos. I am fascinated by the contact with people - silent understanding, expressive gaze... The street is a constant spectacle of life.
Alain Schroeder (Belgium)
Brussels Café © Alain Schroeder
By coincidence, I rediscovered 5 rolls of Tri-X 400, shot in a café in Brussels, that I thought were lost.
The 3 Portes café was located in the neighborhood of Les Marolles on the Place du Jeu de Balle in Brussels. It was an everyday meeting place for local people that unfortunately no longer exists. There were a few typical cafés like this around the square where people gathered to socialize, drink, dance and flirt.
Jonathan Jasberg (USA)
Sailors and the Sphinx from the series 'Cairo: A Beautiful Thing Is Never Perfect' © Jonathan Jasberg
Members of the French Navy's bagpipe band 'Bagad Lann Bihoue' visit the Sphinx - October 2020. While working on a long term photography project based on the city of Cairo since 2018, I've visited the Pyramids numerous times. Before covid, the site was usually packed with tourists and local vendors. The few times I visited during covid, it was virtually void of visitors, providing not much more than a good opportunity for stock photos of the pyramids. However, on a random morning visit in October 2020, I was shocked and surprised to see a cluster of 20-30 red doted hats atop the heads of a large group of pristine bright white uniformed men standing out against the barren desert landscape. A candid shot of a rare visit, made even more rare by the fact that there was almost nobody else around due to the circumstances.
Laura Zito (Ireland)
Belfast Piece from the series 'Moment' © Laura Zito
An elderly woman out shopping in Belfast feeds the doves, a sign of peace, in front of murals on a wall, which Belfast is famous for, of the U.D.A., the Ulster Defense Association, and the U. F. F. (Ulster Freedom Fighters) a cover name given to the paramilitary attack group of the UDA so the UDA would not be outlawed. The symbology on the mural takes the shape of a flying bat decorated with a cross, hovering menacingly above the three figures, the woman, a soldier in the mural holding a gun that appears to be pointed at an actual man walking on the street, down the alleyway toward the woman, who eyes him with a somewhat tense gesture. The troubles in Belfast erupted over divisions between Catholics and Protestants.
Paul Kessel (USA)
San Gennaro Feast © Paul Kessel
The San Gennaro Feast takes place in Soho, NYC, every year. Most of the concession stands and activities are on Mulberry Street in Little Italy between Canal and Houston Streets and on several cross streets as well. The event is in September and lasts for ten days. Often there are dense crowds. My favorite shooting situation seems to be a crowded frame with optimal chances of layered photos that fill the frame. The density and flow of the people also makes it easier to shoot from very close up with a wide angle lens. I have been immersed with candid street photography for about ten years.
Guillermo Espinosa (Germany)
Rockstar from the series 'Book of Characters' © Guillermo Espinosa
Rockstar is part of an ongoing project without deadline, called Book of Characters. This idea of focusing only on the character and putting the composition aside was born during my recent search for something more human and raw, trying to fing spontaneity and friction in my work in a more direct way and keeping the aesthetics and abstractions out of the frame. I almost feel like a casting director in public places.
Brad Jones (USA)
Cao Luning (China)
A Fragile Utopia © Brad Jones
By the Umbrella from the series 'The Streets' © Luning Cao
Shot in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. An old lady was resting under the umbrella, while a cobbler was doing some repair job by the umbrella.
Susan Weiss (USA)
Marci Lindsay (USA)
Fifth Avenue Smoke from the series 'The Human Habitat' © Marci Lindsay
An inveterate people-watcher, I find observing and capturing them with my camera to be a fascinating pursuit. I attempt to document glimpses of the normal behavior of humans in their natural habitat. To do this successfully, one must be patient and quiet, pick a good spot, be prepared, and remain respectful. This represents a small sample of my collection.
Jose Ney Mila Espinosa (USA)
Mila from the series 'The Romantic Angels of the Earth' © Jose Ney Mila Espinosa
My interest in this proposal is the human being immersed in his daily life in public spaces, for his spontaneity and unconscious relationship in that environment. I look for in these visual experiences, the reflection of the possible oneiric or irrational appreciations, without losing the interpretation of their anthropological reality...
Jose Ney Mila Espinosa
Sakulchai Sikitikul (Thailand)
Dan Fenstermacher (USA)
Horse and the Crack © Sakulchai Sikitikul
Boxers in Training © Dan Fenstermacher
Young children train in martial arts and boxing in the old fishing neighborood of Jamestown, in Ghana's bustling capital city of Accra. August 2021.
Eric Kunsman (USA)
585.235.9196 – Grape and Orange Mini Mart, 111 Orange Street, Rochester, NY 14611 from the series Felicific Calculus: Technology as a Social Marker of Race, Class, & Economics in Rochester, NY © Eric Kunsman
The Greater Rochester area's payphones are part of a felicific calculus regarding the decision made to leave the payphones and the locations in which they are located. Frontier Communications were losing money from these payphones and decided to maintain them for the greater good of one of the poorest cities by the number of people under the United States' poverty level. To many individuals, these payphones serve as a social marker or social indicator, and to others, they serve as a marker of crime. Such social markers often draw conclusions from the perception that one area is worse than another. Often these perceptions can lead to dangerous or ignorant decisions. This perception that I witnessed firsthand drove me to educate myself on what was leading these individuals to their perceived notions of a place they had never visited before. I began to look at census maps and overlay them with maps of the payphone locations. What became apparent to me was the direct correlation between the poverty level and the payphones' location. The average income for these areas of payphones is under $20,000 per family.
Amir Appel (Israel)
Easy Liv'n from the series End of Summer © Amir Appel
People enjoying last rays of summer 2021 at Tel-aviv beach, Israel
Candy Lopesino (Spain)
The Iberians © Candy Lopesino
The coexistence of pagan and Christian manifestations led to define the features of the current Carnival, where laughter, mockery and satire are essential elements in the Iberian Carnival. For a few days a year everything is allowed, social criticism, parody, the grotesque and even the burlesque.
The Iberian Peninsula is a geographical concept formed by Spain and Portugal, two geographically united countries but separately by an invisible border. THE IBERIANS is an essay about my travels through this territory visually narrating the things that happen while wandering around Iberia, how to write in a sketchbook. The knowledge of a specific territory gives depth and meaning to my project, that is why my work is a continuous journey through Spain and Portugal. They are places where I explore the concepts of territory, border, light, memory and identity through the observation of the other. In The Iberians I rediscover the common places, their people, their culture, their realities circumscribed to a geography, in short I explore the human condition.
Phil Duval (Australia)
Stefano Carotenuto (Italy)
The Greeting from the series 'Sunny Days' © Phil Duval
Susanna Knyphausen (Sweden)
From the series 'Awareness' © Stefano Carotenuto
Jason Au (Hong Kong)
All the sacred trees from the series 'Streets of Bissau' © Susanna Knyphausen
Midfielder from the series 'Geometric Hong Kong' © Jason Au
A leisure walk around the city park spontaneously brought me to this relaxed guy lying at the center circle of a football pitch. There was a very prominent L-shaped pitch marking pointing towards him, so I composed with a lower perspective to bring out more dynamic tension of the leading line in this image.
Kevin Lyle (USA)
From the series 'City Life' © Kevin Lyle
Cities are often full of drama, some more than others. The intensity of the drama within city life is balanced by simple, less dramatic vistas that may provide food for thought, humor, comfort or wonder. I present some of these simple tableaux.