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Congratulations to you all, you did it!

We would like to thank all the participants of the first London edition of the Urban Photo Race. It was fun and for sure exciting to organize it for the very first time, we had to explain to new partners what this photo race is all about and we are proud that we have managed to engage such great names as The Photographers Gallery, the London School of Photography and Wex Photo Video (formaly Calumet).

These were the London 2018 themes:

T1 - Not just a Londoner
T2 - A dime a dozen
T3 - Superior
T4 - As good as it gets
T5 - Eerie London*
T6 - SOHO inspired by Tish Murcha*

(*theme 5 and 6 were suggested and also separately judged by the London School of Photography and The Photographers Gallery)

We hope you enjoyed participating, despite the heavy rain... But the rain is also fun and we had some great examples of reflections, which wouldn't be there without those shiny, little drops of rain.

As you can imagine, it takes some effort to organize such a day and we couldn't do it without the help of our local team, the day volunteers as the support of our sponsors. A special thank you to the café/workshop Look Mum no Hands, who hosted both the first and the last check points of our photo race, they were lovely and warmed us up after a long fun, but also wet and cold late September day.

We leave you with the winning photo galleries below. Get inspired and we hope to see you again next year!





Our 2018 jury is handpicked for their keen eye and individual photographic background, they will go at your photos from all angles.

Our jury elements are a very photography active bunch, they are photographers, educators, gear geeks… you have it all!  Please check out their work and learn more about them.

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Camila Cavalcante

Camila Cavalcante is a visual artist from the north-east coast of Brazil, currently settled in the UK. With a background in journalism, she has a varied interest in investigating the conceptual, sentimental and social perception of art. Through the use of documentary photography, her work creates a place in which the idea of ‘private’ and ‘public’ overlap and complement each other.

Camila holds a Masters degree in Photojournalism from University of Westminster and was awarded two photography national prizes in her home country. She has taken part in over 30 exhibitions and three art residencies in Brazil, the US, Mexico and the UK. Camila currently works for the London School of Photography, teaching Portraiture and Street Photography.

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Sipke Visser

Sipke Visser (1977, NL) is an artist living and working in London, England. The focus of his photography based practice are the individuals he encounters from day to day. For the project ‘Return to Sender’ he sent 500 handwritten letters with an enclosed photo to addresses throughout the UK (selected randomly via Google maps) requesting responses. For the ongoing project 'Take a Look at Yourself’ he takes a portrait of the sitter and then presents them with a high quality photographic print, with the invitation to then write down what they see or feel when they study their own image. Sipke Visser's work (and life) is also to be seen in ‘A Sort of Diary’, the website which he started when he first moved from Amsterdam to London in 2005. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Portrait of Britain, (photographic works from which were shown on advertising boards) London and nationwide, UK (2017); Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK (2017); Beer Culture, Barcelona, Spain (2017); Taylor Wessing Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (2013); Doggies (S.V, 2014); The Photographers Playbook (Aperture, 2014); Return to Sender, (S.V, 2013).

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Giacomo Brunelli

Giacomo Brunelli (born Perugia, Italy, 1977) is a photographer based in London. Graduated with a degree in International Communications in 2002, his series have been exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK), The New Art Gallery Walsall (UK), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany), Nordic Light Festival (Norway), Hamburg (Germany), Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands) and BlueSky Gallery (Portland, USA). The work has won the Sony World Photography Award and the Gran Prix Lodz (Poland). It has been featured in the art and photography press including BBC (UK), The Guardian (UK), Eyemazing (The Netherlands), European Photography (Germany), B&W Magazine (USA), Creative Review (UK) and Foto&Video (Russia). His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (USA), The New Art Gallery Walsall (UK), Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) and Portland Art Museum (USA). Giacomo has published 3 books: “The Animals” (2008) and “Eternal London” (2014) by Dewi Lewis Publishing and “Self Portraits” (2016) by Editions Bessard. In 2012, he was commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery to do the “Eternal London” series and in 2015 he was commissioned by Deichtorhallen to produce “Hamburg”.

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Becky Frances

Becky Frances is a street photographer based in North London who has been walking the streets of the capital for 7 years in search of quirky people and situations. She studied photography at college many moons ago when everything was shot on film and digital photography was a concept reserved firmly for the future. She put her camera down after finishing college didnt pick it up again until 2006 . Over time her work has evolved and as a result, she has been featured in articles by Time Out, Inspired Eye Magazine, Street Photography Magazine, Women in Photography and Gasp Street Collective.

She was named as one of the top 20 up and coming women photographers of 2017 by Streethunters.net and has had photographs selected for shortlist by the British Life Photography Awards. Her first exhibition in London came to a close on 31 January this year after a 4 month run.





Jurgen Onland

London School of Photography 1 week course (4 days) Street photography course + WEX Photo Lensbaby composer with sweet 50 optic


Patrick Dreuning

The Photographers Gallery Exhibition book Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991 + WEX Photo SpiderPro Camera Holster single camera system


Jeanette Lendon

WEX Photo SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC Card + Calumet 7106 4-section Monopod




Jury Becky Frances
Jurgen Onland

WEX Photo SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC Card

Jury Camila Cavalcante
Richard Forjoe

WEX Photo SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC Card

Jury Giacomo Brunelli
Patrick Dreuning

WEX Photo SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC Card

Jury Sipke Visser
Patrick Dreuning

WEX Photo SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC Card




Theme 5 - “Eerie London” by London School of Photography
Patrick Dreuning

WEX Photo SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC Card

Theme 6 - “Soho Inspired by Tish Murtha” by The Photographers' Gallery
Ger Lieve

WEX Photo SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC Card

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