free entry
ranked contest (1-250)
expert judged only
3x ranking points

Decisive Moments

In association with Photocrowd

Open Judging Results

This contest is open to photographers ranked between 1 and 250 in this week’s Leaderboard.

'The Decisive Moment' was the title used in English for Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1952 photobook ‘Images a la Sauvette’ (transl. 'Images on the Run'). It encapsulates those fleeting moments of human behaviour that the photographer has a split-second to capture. Sometimes these are unexpected events , but other times, as Cartier-Bresson sometimes did, a location is staked out and the photographer waits for events to unfold in ways that might be somewhat anticipated beforehand. Cartier-Bresson taught us that photographers should always have their cameras to hand, and that a dedication to documenting the everyday world will undoubtedly be rewarded. Whilst there are many ‘decisive moments’ in other photographic genres, this contest is more focussed on street and documentary photography of the kind Cartier-Bresson focussed on.

Ranked Contests are a weekly chance to compete alongside photographers of a similar Leaderboard ranking. Three contests with the same theme run at one time - for photographers ranked 1-250; 251-1000; and 1001+. They open Saturday morning after that week’s leaderboard has been updated, and are open for 5 days. They are Premium Contests, Expert-judged, but with no Crowd vote, so are worth 3x the standard ranking points.

How it works

This contest is expert judged only with no rating by the crowd. You will be able to find out how you did when the judging or rating period has closed.

Entries closed
4 April 2024

4 April 2024 to 12 April 2024

Winners announced
12 April 2024

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