©Michael May

June 2017 will mark the fourth anniversary of the OBSERVE Collective, so we’re throwing another party! The Street Photography Festival "Observations 2017" will open on July 14, 2017 in the Städtische Galerie in Iserlohn, Germany, and will run through July 23, 2017.

In conjunction with the festival opening, OBSERVE is also hosting a juried street photography competition, open to any interested photographer. All shortlisted and awarded images will be exhibited as part of a public event on July 15, 2017 in Iserlohn, in a location that is "down by the river".

The competition will be awarded with a total of €1000 in prize money.

Winner: €500
Second place: €300
Third place: €200

The theme of the competition is "down by the river".

Many members of the OBSERVE Collective will meet in Iserlohn that weekend in July. Contest participants and friends are all invited to join us for the festivities.

Submissions will be accepted until SUNDAY MAY 28, 2017 at 22:00 GMT. The winners will be publicly announced on our website on July 16, 2015 and at the contest exhibition in Iserlo

The jury for Down by the River has now been announced! Submit your best images relating to the theme for a chance to have your work reviewed by this impressive panel:
Andréa Holzherr (Global Exhibitions Manager, Magnum Photos Paris)
Matt Stuart (Photographer, Magnum Photos)
Katharina Mayer (Professor, BTK - Hochschule für Gestaltung - Design & Kunst Berlin)
Dr. Christoph Schaden (Professor, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, Faculty of Design)
Dr. Dörte Beier (Curator, Stadtmuseum Schleswig)
Fadi BouKaram (Photographer, Observe Collective)
Rainer Danne (Curator, Städtische Galerie Iserlohn)

Die Idee des internationalen Wettbewerbs "Down by the river" ist es, die im Zuge der Regionale neu gestaltete Lennepromenade in Letmathe durch Bilder mit Flusssituationen auf der ganzen Welt zu synchronisieren. Ab Samstag, 15. Juli, werden die Wettbewerbsbeiträge und Siegerbilder in den Wandrahmen entlang der Promenade präsentiert. Ausrichter des Wettbewerbs ist das Observe Collective in Kooperation mit der Abteilung Stadtentwicklung und Freiraumplanung sowie der Städtischen Galerie.

Aktuell wird der Wettbewerb u.a. auf der englischsprachigen Webseite von Streetshotr.com besprochen.