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Arguably one of the trickier genres, street and candid photography is nonetheless incredibly gratifying when you get it right. Capturing the unwitting choreography of people as they go about their daily lives is a challenge worth rising to - and this category gives you the opportunity to do just that. Take a look at the work of legends of this classic genre such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and Vivian Maier, and learn what you enjoy about their approach. Then study the likes of Martin Parr, Niall McDiarmid and Bruce Gilden, for a more contemporary outlook. In all cases, keeping the kit simple and - generally speaking - shooting with a wide to standard lens will keep you close to the action.
£1,000 of SIGMA prizes, plus subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine to be won.
Expert panel's winner: SIGMA will give the panel's winner £1,000-worth of prizes of the their choice.
Crowd winner: The community vote winner wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine, and a year-long master subscription to Photocrowd.
The overall winner of APOY 2019 will receive £2,000-worth of prizes of their choice from SIGMA.
Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. In this contest, the entries are hidden until the rating period begins.
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To avoid any potential for bias, the results of the crowd vote will only be announced once expert judging has been completed.
Amateur Photographer magazine invites amateur photographers from around the world to enter its annual competition and the chance to win the title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019’.