Aussie Street is proud to have assembled a world-class judging panel to curate the finalists exhibitions of its competitions and award the 2019 prizes in three categories: International Single Image, International Series, and Aussie Image
Alison McCauley has a Visual Arts education and background. She is a photographer whose approach to the people and locations she photographs is instinctive, open-ended and subjective. Alison weaves her images together to create non-linear, intuitive narratives. Her work often explores the idea of identity, belonging and memory. Alison’s images are frequently infused with melancholy and feelings of restlessness and loss.
She is a member of UP Photographers. Alison is currently based in Geneva and Cannes.
Andrew Kochanowski is a street photographer based outside Detroit, USA. Since 2007 his work has appeared in both solo and group exhibits around the world. He is a founding member of Burn My Eye, an international street photography collective featured in numerous shows and exhibits worldwide. He makes frequent appearances at street photography festivals, and his work and interviews have been published in numerous print and web publications including Leica Blog, Metropolitan Detroit, Doha, Lensculture, Mutant Space, Eyeshot Magazine,Radiate, Huck Mag, and others.
Danielle Houghton is a Dublin-based street photographer and founding member of OBSERVE collective, whose work has been exhibited locally and internationally. Danielle likes to explore fresh ways of documenting people and places where the traditional definition of ʻstreetʼ can encompass anywhere life occurs. Since immersing herself in Street Photography in 2010, Danielle has exhibited internationally in England, Germany, France, Istanbul and the US. Danielle won the Urban Picnic street photography competition in 2014, and was named the Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year in 2015.
Graciela was born in Uruguay. She spent her childhood moving from country to country, from the still developing world to the already developed world and then back again.
Her career began in the Brazilian Press, going from photographing for a small political newspaper to the more mainstream press. In 1990, she moved to New York and worked for a few Brazilian and Argentinian papers and magazines, covering the news. Moving to Singapore in 2003, she started to photograph on the streets there and also in many other cities around the region.
Graciela has a BA in Journalism and an M.A. in Visual and International Communication from the University of Minnesota.
Originally trained as a cinematographer, Guille Ibanez still combines professional film work with his photography. Guille develops long term projects mostly in his home country of Spain, but he also works within the UK, South East Asia or Africa. Religion and human faith play a major part in his work which has been exhibited and awarded in many festivals around Europe, America and Australia.
Jesse Marlow is an Australian street, editorial and commercial photographer who lives and works in Melbourne. Over the last 18 years he has worked for a range of local and international magazines, newspapers and commercial clients. Jesse's work has been published in three books of his own, and in numerous street photography compilations; it has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Australia, and group exhibitions internationally; and is held in the public collections of the City of Melbourne, and the State Library of Victoria.
Jesse was selected to participate in the World Press Photo – Joop Swart Masterclass in 2006. In 2010 he was profiled in the seminal book Street Photography Now (Thames & Hudson). He won first prize in the 2011 London Street Photography Festival's International Street Photography Award, and won the 2012 Bowness Photography Prize. Jesse has been a member of the UP-Photographer collective and is represented by M.33.
Jorge Garcia (Born Miami, 1984) is a NYC based freelance photographer. He spends most of his time wondering sidewalks looking for interesting spontaneous moments. He always shoots candidly and rarely speaks to the people he captures.
In 2015, he founded the NYC Street Photography Collective (NYC-SPC) as a way for local street photographers to meet and share their thoughts on the genre as an alternative to web based communities. The goal was to establish a local community for street photographers to exchange ideas, experiences, photographs, while promoting the art of shooting street.
Kristin Van den Eede
Belgium-based member of OBSERVE Kristin Van den Eede juggles a career in language education with her passion for photography. Drawn to extraordinary lighting or striking contrasts, she specifically has a taste for emotive scenes with a dark twist. Kristin has been exhibited and awarded internationally as well as being a guest speaker and judge at several festivals around Europe and the US.
Lauren is a freelance photographer and former corporate attorney who left an unfulfilling, 16-year career, to follow her passion for photography. She is attracted to ideas and stories that display our commonalities as people; she believes that, as human beings, we are much more alike than we are different. One of her greatest joys is to make candid photographs of people, in which a single frame can tell a multitude of stories.
Her photography has received several awards and has been exhibited at various venues around the world, including: "The Fence" at Photoville, the Museum of the City of New York, Arsenal Gallery Central Park, and The Half King Photo Series, in New York City; Miami Street Photography Festival; Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco; PhotoLeiden, The Netherlands; Gudberg Nerger Gallery, Hamburg, Germany; and HeadOn Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia.
Marco Savarese is the Publisher and Photo Editor-in-Chief of Eyeshot, an international street photography publication, in print and digital version, that focuses on Street Photography in terms of language and as an art form. Eyeshot is followed by over 120 countries in the world from 5 continents.
Mathias Wasik is a New York-based photographer, who has been published in The Guardian, Interview Magazine, VICE, Slate, Mic.com, NPR, among others.
His street photography offers a glimpse into the modern-day life in New York City, exposing both the glossy surface and darker underbelly of American culture pulled to the fore, ultimately portraying a witty, affectionate satire of a diverse and fast-paced city.
Mathias is a board member of the New York City Street Photography Collective (NYCSPC), a collective dedicated to creating and sharing the art of capturing life in public spaces.
Matt Stuart has been shooting the streets of London for over 20 years and taken his craft around the world, making compelling images and passing on his passion for street photography wherever he travels. He is a long-time member of the street photography collective UP-Photographers, is a member of MAPS Images, and has taught workshops for Leica across Europe, America, and Asia.
Stuart's book of street photography, All That Life Can Afford (2016), includes photographs made in London from 2002 to 2015. His work has also been published in a number of survey publications on street photography, and exhibited in solo exhibitions in Britain and the US.
Meg Hewitt is from Sydney, Australia. Her series Tokyo is Yours won a gold medal in the Tokyo International Foto awards, silver medal in the Prix de la Photographie, Paris and was named best fringe exhibition at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. In France she was recently a top pick in Polka Magazine and her series was named one of the top five exhibitions during Rencontres d’Arles in the British Journal of Photography.
Her work is held in many private and public collections internationally including the National Art Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Melissa O’Shaughnessy is a street photographer based in New York City. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has lived and worked in Connecticut and New York since 1991.
Melissa’s work is included in the third edition of “Bystander: A History of Street Photography,” and has been featured in many street photography festivals and shows around the world. She is a member of UP-Photographers.
Michelle Rick is a New York City based street photographer. She was born and raised in Greenwich Village and Soho. Her photography has appeared in numerous exhibitions from Berlin to New York, and publications, including The New York Observer, Time Out New York, Grand Life Hotels and the New York Times.
Michelle juried the first annual StreetFoto San Francisco International Street Photography Awards in 2016 and the London Street Photography Festival in 2019. She also contributed work to the “Greetings from Coney Island” group show at the Charles P. Sifton Gallery in Brooklyn and the “Women Street Photographers” exhibit at MOMA PS 109 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In March 2020, she will be an instructor at the Click Away Conference in Atlanta. She is a member of the Superluna Collective.
Rammy Narula is a Bangkok-based photographer with a passion for learning and exploring. He often credits photography for being his lifeline, allowing him to discover more meaning as well as a sense of purpose.
As an active member of the street photography community, Rammy has judged several international street competitions and his work has been featured in local and international publications. In 2016, his photobook "Platform 10", a project shot on a single platform at the Bangkok Central Train Station, was published by Peanut Press, a publishing house in New York City.
Today, a member of Street Photo Thailand and the international photography collective Burn My Eye, Rammy continues to challenge himself to evolve and find new ways to communicate through photography and connecting with others.
Tom Young is a Canadian photographer currently trying to figure out if his camera shutter opens in the opposite direction in Auckland, New Zealand. A founding member of the Observe Collective, his work is focused on capturing atmospheric scenes and quirky human moments. His photography has been exhibited in Canada, USA, Germany, Turkey, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia, and in 2018 he received the D-Photo New Zealand Amateur Photographer of the Year Award in the People category.