The Photographic Angle regularly runs photographic competitions which are open and accessible to everyone, regardless of their location, ability, experience, equipment or age.

Each competition has a theme, chosen by our Head of Design, and we welcome submissions that illustrate this theme showcasing originality and a unique viewpoint. The competitions are free to enter and TPA enlists the help of an independent judge who is given the responsibility of selecting the winning entries. One photographer whose entry is deemed the best representation of the competition theme will be awarded a prize.

Throughout the year, our Head of Design will also choose a selection of the best entries submitted to various competition themes for inclusion in one of our future photographic exhibitions. The chosen images will then be printed by the charity and exhibited at no expense to the photographers. If your work is chosen for inclusion you will be contacted via email and asked to send us high resolution versions of your work.

Life On The Streets

“The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world “picturesque”. – Susan Sontag, 1977

One interpretation of ‘Life on the Streets’ could be that we are simply looking for submissions that fall into the genre of street photography. Sometimes called candid photography, street photography is recognised for focussing on unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

Try becoming a voyeuristic stroller or a flâneur, as Susan Sonntag so eloquently puts it. Saunter around observing society and documenting your findings through photography. Record everyday life as it happens, those decisive moments that often go unnoticed. Focus on your framing and your timing, explore new angles and experiment with composition to capture shots that depict ‘Life on the Streets’.

Alternatively you could take a deeper interpretation of this theme and approach it more from a photojournalism, reportage or social documentary point of view to raise awareness around the issue of homelessness.

According to a global survey conducted by the United Nations in 2005, an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide and as many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing. This figure is sure to have risen since then. Can you capture photographs that tell the story of those people who live on the streets or who reside in inadequate settlements such as slums, or who are squatting in structures not intended for housing?

Perhaps you’ve captured images of homeless people and their animal companions in your local area. Maybe you have been on holiday and walked through the slums of a city. Have you captured homeless children playing in the streets or people begging for change? Can you tell their stories through your images? Can you ask those difficult questions that make us feel uncomfortable? Can you make those who often feel invisible step into the spotlight?

Let these two contrasting approaches be your inspiration for capturing ‘Life on the Streets’.


To submit your work, please click on the “Enter competition” link below, please ensure your file sizes are 1MB or smaller for upload purposes.

Competition closes for entries on Dec 31st


Bystander: A History of Street Photography

In this book, the authors explore and discuss the development of one of the most interesting and dynamic of photographic genres. Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, Bystander is widely regarded by street photographers as the ‘bible’ of street photography. It covers an incredible array of talent, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, such as Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Kertesz, Frank, Arbus, Winogrand and Levitt to name just a few. In this new and fully revised edition, the story of street photography is brought up to date with a re-evaluation of some historical material, the inclusion of more contemporary photographers and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography.

Competition Judge

Stuart Forster

Stuart Forster is a professional photographer with more than a decade's experience within the industry. He is the director of His work has been published in the UK's national newspapers, travel magazines and international publications. Stuart specialises in food, travel and people photography.