INSP Awards: The Best Photo Nominees for 2017 are here!

The INSP Awards are fast approaching, and we’re pleased to be bringing you the nominees for the editorial categories all week. Today, we bring you the longlist for Best Photo.

Our snap-happy street papers have offered up hundreds of impressive images this year, and we’ve got the top ten all developed and ready to go below – check them out!

The nominees who’ve made the longlists will go forward to our international judging panels, who will pick our finalists.

The finalists will be announced in early August, and the winner will be revealed at the 2017 Global Street Paper Summit in Manchester.

The nominees:

Big Issue North, UK

Photo by: Darren O'Brien

Photo by: Darren O’Brien

“Most would agree that treating the elderly well is a mark of a decent society and many care workers are desperate to be able to do their job well. The first thing Karen McDonald does when she enters Pauline Kaye’s bedroom is plant a kiss on the 70 year old’s forehead. Pauline, who has slept in her living room since a stroke left her completely paralysed in 2006, is bed bound. The bond her and her carer is obvious and touching.”

Faktum, Sweden

Photo by: Mario Prhat

Photo by: Mario Prhat

“Faktum vendor Lothar kept this painting of himself hidden for many years. A portrait of him painted in Hollywood in the early ‘70s. The artist, Kenneth Gordon Kendall, is best known for his sculpture of James Dean standing in Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles. This beautiful photograph shows Lothar holding the picture of himself as a young man – with his unmistakable smile.”

Hus Forbi, Denmark

Photo by: Mette Kramer Kristensen

Photo by: Mette Kramer Kristensen

“A homeless Danish couple said they hope to show that anyone can find love and happiness, after their wedding day made it into local and national media in the summer of 2016. Gilbert and Cappella Fricke – better known to their friends as ‘Teddy and Catfish’ – are both Hus Forbi vendors. Their wedding made it to the cover of Hus Forbi. Photographer Mette Kramer Kristensen’s photo catches the hope, the joy and the love of the summer of 2016.”

Lice v Lice, Macedonia

Photo by: Tomislav Georgiev

Photo by: Tomislav Georgiev

“The photo fits perfectly into the whole suggestion that this issue of Lice v Lice has – let’s play with the reality around us. Let’s just for a moment risk and try to see things like homelessness, hunger or exclusion from the other point of view. Using contrast, the ball looks like a moon on the sky, or like a pancake thrown in the air, waiting to fall back on the pan. The children are in a state of waiting, and the photographer catches the moment of anticipation – is this ball going to end in the basket, or not. Or – if you accept to play with us – will the pancake end in the pot, or down, on the floor. Again, our view depends on our point of view.”

Megaphone, Canada

Photo by: Carmine Marinelli

Photo by: Carmine Marinelli

“For six months, Rami, Salma, and their daughter Lilyan welcomed Megaphone’s Joshua Hergesheimer and Carmine Marinelli into their lives. Through what English they had learned, they managed to articulate their harrowing story of how they escaped from Syria into Lebanon before becoming refugees in Vancouver, B.C. Our aim was to humanize their story and the photo captures the spirit of the pregnant mother and her child, that despite it all they still have a smile on their face and just want a normal life, an opportunity to thrive. It is such a contrast to what they had experienced, and Megaphone was so grateful to be allowed an intimate window into their lives. ”

Nový Prostor, Czech Republic

Photo by: David Háva

Photo by: David Háva

“We were interviewing two girls running a social project – where you can submit a picture and they will hire old pensioned ladies and pay them to brocade your picture onto a blouse or whatever you want. We are always proud of the main portrait photo, that should be innovative, funny, not too serious with high-level of technical quality. We don’t want to follow the stereotypes of charity-themed portraits.”

Real Change, USA

Photo by: Alex Garland

Photo by: Alex Garland

“This photo shows a man named Frank riding his security shift for the main camp, known as Oceti Sakowin, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The image is the embodiment of this vital protest that continues on at other fossil fuel projects across the country. Frank is seen volunteering, overlooking the land on his white horse. Behind him are water jugs, tools, cardboard boxes and signs that read “No DAPL.” And in the sky, an upside-down American flag, a visual representation of the conflict between the land’s native people and the country that has taken it over.”

Sorgenfri, Norway

Photo by: Mari Vold

Photo by: Mari Vold

“I have lived in this apartment for eight years, and I like it a lot. I have four rats, two parakeets, to cats and a lot of fish here. And a horse, but not here obviously. I dream of a small farm in the countryside, with a riding course.” Tor Jonny (pictured).

The Curbside Chronicle, USA

The Curbside Chronicle

“This photo features Darnesha, a vendor for The Curbside Chronicle, modelling handmade, local jewellery from Oklahoma City artists. It was the cover of our March/April issue in 2016 for a fashion article. Darnesha has experienced homelessness at various times in her life. Because of this situation, often times people judge her at first-glance and don’t take the time to look past her situation of homelessness to see her for her innate beauty. Darnesha is one of the strongest, most resilient women you could meet. We were honoured to share her radiance on the cover of this issue of Curbside.”

The Curbside Chronicle, USA

Photo by: Chazzi Davis

Photo by: Chazzi Davis

“One of the most challenging aspects of living with mental illness is the isolation. Curbside Chronicle vendor and photographer, Chazzi Davis, uses photography to counteract the loneliness and as motivation to live a fuller life. Twenty years ago, Chazzi lost everything due to mental health issues, and has found that taking abstract photos is like therapy for him. Chazzi uses editing software to make his photos more abstract. He likes to play with the colours and textures to make them unique.”

Don’t forget to keep checking back this week as we reveal more nominees for the 2017 #INSPAwards. Take a look at the nominees we’ve already announced here.