We are so excited to announce the first edition of the ASPAwards, an international photography festival that is focusing on the street – that “universal place, background to endless small and great stories of the day-to-day, which only an attentive eye can turn into a shot able to realize the ongoing moment.” The location of the festival is stunning, the jury is highly talented and most of all, the ideals behind the contest and festival revolve mostly around street photography that can document life in a way that creates emotional impact – exactly what we love about street photography in a nutshell. Here’s a little more about the festival but be sure to read the manifesto – it’s wonderful:
“The street will be the absolute protagonist of the first edition of ASPAwards. The international photography festival will be held in the splendid city of Alghero, pearl of undisputed beauty lying in the middle of the mediterranean sea. The festival will be preceded by an on-line contest, through which participants will submit their work to a prestigious jury. The judges will then choose and award the best works in the contest. Prizes will be awarded in the evening of the 26th of may 2018 at the gala in the civic theatre of Alghero, and all the awarded works will be exposed at a travelling exhibit within the picturesque old town of the sardinian city.”
Who is behind the festival? A non-profit cultural association called Officine di idee. This organization cam into existence in 2016 with the goal of promoting visual arts and cultural events in Alghero. On a larger scale, the association hopes to build a “global platform where photography can be promoted as a tool for reflection on the world and its dynamics.”
There is still time to enter – the open call doesn’t close until February 15, 2018 – so get your entries ready! Remember, this competition requires more than just a solid street shot. It’s about photographic stories that evoke emotions. It’s about well-documented images with substance, personality and courage and a tale to tell. To create that kind of image, authoriality and depth of work are key. Get inspired at the ASPA website by browsing the images on display and other work by those selected photographers. Then hit the street with an author’s eye and capture a story, small or great, that is worth telling.