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SAMEDI 28 SEPT. 2019

We are thrilled to bring you the first Urban Photo Race in Paris this coming September! After Berlin and London, Paris is a long due international stop for the UPR.

In collaboration with Photo Club Paris Val-de-Bièvre we’re very excited to be organizing this first edition in such a photogenic location. We know how much fun it is to participate and explore new cities, so we invite you to participate in the ultimate street photography challenge.

Get yourself a ticket and join us in this street photography adventure and race to the finish line.



The UPR PAR takes place in several locations in Paris. Take note of the addresses and their opening times below on Day Schedule.

  • CP1 - La Lingerie (Grands Voisins, 74, avenue Denfert-Rocherau, 75014 Paris)

  • CP4 - Ecole de photographie Spéos (SPÉOS l'annexe, 5 rue Bouvier, 75011 Paris)

    • Please mind the correct address above, DO NOT SHOW UP at SPÉOS, 8, rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris


  • CP1 - 10:00 - 11:00

  • CP2 - 13:00 - 14:00

  • CP3 - 16:00 - 17:00

  • CP4 - 19:00 - 22:00


For this first Paris edition we’re doing only the classic race format.

  • M - (12 Hours / 6 Themes) - This is the UPR classic race format, from 10:00 to 22:00.

Street photography in Paris

Every country has its own rules and regulations concerning the newly released privacy laws. The following are some guidelines on how to approach Street Photography in the scope of participating in the Urban Photo Race. We remind you that as a participant you are solely responsible for the photos you make and how you make them. You can read more about this on our Terms & Conditions.

  • The good news: Photographing people in public places is not forbidden - it's afterwards that things get more complicated, depending on what use you will make of your photographs (artistic, commercial or photo-journalism approach) So: the question of the image right intervenes when publishing and not whilst shooting!

  • If a person asks nicely or less nicely to delete photos that a photographer has just taken in a public place or to stop shooting, pedagogy, tact or politeness are necessary to adapt to its behaviour. Because: basically, you are in your right.

  • If people are not recognisable, there is no problem regarding publishing, commercial or other. Crowds: if no one really stands out, no problem, again.

  • If people are recognisable, make sure they are not caught in degrading situations. Ex: photo of a homeless person sleeping on the floor, taken without its knowledge. Any image that harms the human dignity of a person must therefore be subject to an explicit (and written) agreement of the subject for dissemination, otherwise the photographer might be sentenced. But the notion of dignity is rather vague and often subject to the judge's interpretation...

  • Tripod photos are very complicated regarding law and are best avoided. Not that it does really matter because most street photographers won’t work with a tripod. Unlike traditional shooting (handheld) tripod shooting requires a temporary "privatization" of the place where it is installed. One often falls into the realm of arbitrariness, with prohibitions whose exact justification is not always known (never?). And be careful, the street is a public space but some parts might be privatised, like the cafe terraces in summer, which legally encroach on the space of the street.

  • Also, it is better to avoid taking pictures in train stations. A priori, there is no proper law prohibiting these but there is a lot of supervisory staff that will make your life hard. They are often poorly informed about current laws and rather inflexible when it comes to taking photographs.

  • Be careful also when photographing children. In our time, parents are understandably very concerned and don’t like strangers to take photographs of their offspring. So better ask the parents before shooting.

  • Pictures on which we see architecture: if the architect has been dead for more than 70 years, no problem. Otherwise, an authorisation by the architect would normally be needed. But it is really very unlikely that an architect claims his rights. An exception: the Eiffel Tower when it is lit or flickers, the light show is protected (this applies to other buildings whose lighting, artistic, is recent).

  • Any commercial use requires a written permission by the person/s on the photograph. No exception. When it comes to minors, parental permission is required, unless the person/s is/are not really recognisable.

  • Non-commercial use, exhibitions and websites: If a person wishes to prohibit the publication of an image, it will have to demonstrate not only that it is clearly identifiable, but that it is indeed the main subject and, above all, that it has been prejudiced. And this proof is the responsibility of the person photographed. This point is essential because it is the person photographed who has to prove that it has suffered harm. Simply recognising oneself on a photograph is not enough to prohibit its publication.


We are also preparing the exhibition to take place in a beautiful Art Déco Builduing during the "mois de la photo".

  • Exhibition - Annexe de la Mairie du 14ème (12 Rue Pierre Castagnou, 75014 Paris)

  • Dates - The exhibition will run from November 7-17

  • Schedule - Opening and awards ceremony November 7 at 6pm.




We know you don’t do it for the awards but still we like to offer you some extra incentive. Keep an eye on this space as we update it with the awards so generously donated by our sponsors.


Best Photographer - 1st Place

  • camera bag (21 l)

  • speedlite V860II Nikon X1 Trigger Kit

  • one-year online photo course

  • photo prints

Best Photographer - 2nd Place

  • camera bag (21 l)

  • hand strap

  • one-year online photo course

  • photo prints

Best Photographer - 3rd Place

  • camera bag (21 l)

  • one-year online photo course

  • photo prints

Jury Favourites

  • three month online photo course

  • hand strap

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Anouk Graux

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In photography, I always preferred the Human to the landscape, but the top is the Human in the landscape ... street photography: there we are!
To be bold, but respect people, to anticipate situations, be there at the right time, and here we are in the heart of life. Street photography is also contemporary photography par excellence, because it keeps forever, to our greatest pleasure, the traces of the present time.

Leonardo Antoniadis

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Born in Rosario, Argentina, Leonardo Antoniadis studied anthropology and started to get into photography in Buenos Aires. His first experiences in press photography took place within local newspapers and the magazine « Paz y Justicia« , run by the Nobel Peace prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel. In 1991, in France, he worked freelance for newspapers and magazines: L’événement du jeudi, l’Humanité, Libération, Le Monde. Studying visual anthropology and training in video making triggered his interest for documentary cinema. From 1966 he started making « reportages » for foreign newspapers: El Mundo, La Nacion, Svenska Dagbladet. On a personal level, he has always had a strong interest in the lives of stigmatised populations. Since the 1980s, he has produced in-depth photo- and video-documentaries about Ocaina, Shipibo, Mataco people, South American slum inhabitants and Romani and travellers populations in Europe.

In parallel with this professional shooting work, he has taught « reportage » photography at the Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris since 2002

Juliette Jem

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Independent photographer, I'm mainly into institutional photography.
But this activity leads me to hit the streets of Paris where I like to take snapshots. Street photography is for me a mixture between reportage and humanist photography. Passionate about human beings, I take pictures of people or situations as soon as I can!

Gautier Van Lieshout

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To me, street photography is a complex art, a little intrusive. I usually work in the studio where each element is mastered. In the street, the photographer is dependent on the reality, the surroundings. I admire these artists for whom the street is a huge playground. I love street photography: the photographers manage to tell a story, without embellishment. Just the real, nothing but the real.

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

They 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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Annette Schwichtenberg

1st Urban Photo Race Paris Coordinator, I am a member of photoclub Paris Val-de-Bièvre for many years now, as a photographer and workshop animator.

In my time-off, I travel, often solo and take photographs of places both strange and quiet. I like to lose myself in a book or a map and have a great passion for hiking and endurance sports. Apart from these precious mind and body escapes, I work in publishing for an international organisation.

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Anterion Frederic

Photography is a long life companion, from my 1st Kodac Retinette to a digital camera, from Parisian streets to far-off countries, so many faces and landscapes captured, so much progress made!

I live my passion for photography as a photographer and animator at the Photoclub Paris Val-de-Bièvre since 2009, but I am also very fond of jazz and classical music, and play the guitar.

After a long career in the IT industry, I have launched my own consulting business, BRAINNOV, in artificial intelligence, the next revolution!

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Gilles Hanauer

Photography is a recent business, I only started in 2006 with the digital world. Long live technology ... good-bye to chemistry!

I travelled around the world for many years for a multinational company and have kept the taste of travel. I still do a lot of traveling, especially in Japan which I have visited regularly for over 40 years now and where I expose every year.

Being rather hyperactive and curious, I began to publish novels, to give electric guitar in a small group of blues a try, after practicing classical singing for 20 years, accompanying me still today...in the shower.

An open eye and mind, my leitmotif every morning : feeling the urge to act to keep alive !

www.japing.net and www.gilleshanauer.photography

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It is a competition after all, so yes, we have rules. Please read them carefully.

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