Istanbul Street
Photography Festival
Events and Workshops 13-19 December
Award Ceremony 20 December
Halic Congress Center

Istanbul Street Photography Festival!

Istanbul Street Photography Festival (ISPF) is a well-attended event that represents street photography with different approaches and brings street photographers together. The common goal is to share through street photography using the advanced possibilities of photography and to encourage participants to participate in an event they will enjoy.

The festival will be held free of charge in 2020. A camera will be given as a gift for each category winner at the festival. Award details will be announced in the following days.

How does it work?

1 – Upload Photos

After determining the category you want to participate in, fill out the form online.

Deadline: 13 December 2020

2 – The Jury Chooses

The festival jury evaluates the photos submitted to them and determines the winners for 3 categories.

3 – Winners Announced

The winning photos are announced at the award ceremony at Haliç Congress Center on December 20, 2020, and the awards are received.

Participation Rules

  • All submitted images must fall under the category of street photography.
  • There is no restriction as to when the submitted image was created
    although more recent work is preferred.
  • Any location within the public realm, worldwide, is acceptable: indoors and outdoors
    (i.e. streets, beach, train, park, restaurants, dirt road, etc.)
  • There are no restrictions on the type / brand of camera used.
    Photos taken with mobile phones should only be shared on Instagram for the Istanbul category.
  • Photos may be either black/white or color.
  • Photographs that previously received awards can also participate.
  • Maximum 5 single photos and up to 5 photo series can be uploaded.
  • The jury may request the original of the winning photo.
  • Images must be .jpg/jpeg files, no bigger than 5mb.
  • Watermarked and/or signed images will not be accepted.
  • Open to all participants from around the world 18 years or older.

Participation Categories

Participation with a Single Photo

A person can participate in the festival with a maximum of 5 single photographs. Photos can be from anywhere in the world.

Participation with Photo Series

A person can participate in the festival with 5-10 photos in series. Photos can be from all over the world. (Min. 5 photo)

Participation with Istanbul Photos

One person can participate with a maximum of 5 Istanbul photos. Only photos taken in Istanbul should be submitted.

Singles Contest Judges

Nick Turpin

Cagdas Kul

Ilker Karaman

Julie Hrudová

Maciej Dakowicz

Metin Ekin MG

Series Contest Judges

Gabi Ben Avraham

Julia Coddington

Sami Ucan

Serkan Tekin

Suzan Pektas

Istanbul Contest Judges

Taras Bychko

Efe Caylak

Livia Belkova

Melissa O’Shaughnessy

Nurten Kurt


How many photos can a person send at most?

Due to the fact that the 2020 event is free;
– Single Photo category: maximum five,
– Photo Series category: up to five photo series (series are between 5-10 photos),
– Istanbul Photos category: maximum five photos on Instagram.

Can I participate with the photos I took with my mobile phone?

Only photos taken with a camera are considered valid in Single and Photo Series categories. You could share the photos taken in Istanbul with your mobile phone in the Istanbul category on your public Instagram profile with the hashtag “#istanbulstreet20“.

Will the photos be exhibited?

An exhibition will be held for the finalists among the photographs submitted for the Istanbul Street Photography Festival. (It can also be organized as a virtual exhibition due to COVID-19.) Half of the sales fee for the photos sold at the exhibition will be paid to the participant. The photographs not for sale will be sent to the participant together with the print and frame.

Photo Workshops and PhotoWalks?

Experienced photographers will organize paid / free workshops with a limited number of people between 13-19 December 2020. The photo walk will take place free of charge on 19 December 2020. Detailed information and program will be announced in the coming days.

When is the Award Ceremony?

The award ceremony will be held at Halic Congress Center Sadabat Hall on Sunday, December 20, 2020, where the finalists and the winners for the 3 categories will be announced.

In the event that will start at 13:00; There are talks, panels, photo shows, exhibitions, stand activities.


Our organization does not have a photograph of any photographer. The copyrights of the photos belong to their owners. Photographs can only be used for promotional activities. Finalist photos are published on our website and social networks with the name of the photographer.

Istanbul Street Photography Festival is an international non-profit event that exhibits street photography in Istanbul.


The aim of the festival; building a community and networking, learning and developing through exhibitions, workshops, conferences, competitions and related events.


ISPF is an Istanbul-based FOTON Association project whose goal is to enrich urban projects with cultural projects.