Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos showing strangers in the city and to all the photographers that helped us find the People's Choice by voting for their favorite shots! A city can be a melting pot of individuals sharing space and cultures while exchanging looks of interest and curiosity, be sure to browse the amazing selection within this photo contest gallery and get inspired for your next stroll in the city with your camera in hand!

A special mention to our friends at BETAShell for making this photo contest possible: design our protective cases as professional tools for photographers, travelers, and adventurers alike. Thanks to friend and professional photographer Nicholas Goodden for his collaboration as  a guest judge. Nicholas Goodden aka Nico is an award winning urban photographer who focuses on London from street photography to urban landscapes. An official Olympus ambassador, his work has been published in magazines, websites and advertising campaigns and is gaining recognition in the capital with already 4 exhibitions this year including 2 solo shows.

Grand Jury Winner

"Excellent, simple yet effective photo with real emotion and feelings coming out. The proof that often less is more. I doubt this has had any manipulation, no major one anyway. If you look at other black and whites in this selection, many have gone way over the top in post processing (halos around people...overdone HDR type photo..). I just love the strong contrast and subject perfectly lit." - Nicholas Goodden

Runner Up

"I love the unusual angle and the yellow stripes making it almost resemble a bar code. There's an abundance of lines but they all work together very well. It's very organised, unusual for a typical urban scene.
This was almost the chosen winner and a very close call with "Alone"." - Nicholas Goodden

Congratulations Runner "Phone Booth" by Boholm

"Excellent light, contrast and tones giving it a cool and mysterious feel. This is the kind of photo which leaves you thinking, trying to imagine what's the story behind it. " - Nicholas Goodden

Congratulations Runner Up "Girl in Tokyo Subway Station" by Eduardbetz

"There is no mistake this photo was shot in Tokyo. Great converging lines, use of motion blur yet managing to get the person pin sharp. The orange and yellows work very well together and the subject is well chosen." - Nicholas Goodden

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