The fifth edition of the Brussels Street Photography Festival took place from June 1 to 4, 2023. For the Singles competition 55 street photographers with 65 photos were selected as finalists, and the Series competition consisted of 17 finalists. These 181 photos were showcased from June 1 to July 9th, 2023 in the Marquis building.
These finalists were selected by Blake Andrews, Sachin Chauhan, Swarat Ghosh, Julie Hrudová, Welmer Keesmaat, Céline Pannetier and Sonia Madrigal. During the festival a second jury including Mary Gelman, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Joachim Naudts, Sebastian Steveniers and Sébastien Van Malleghem chose the winners.
The first prize of the Singles competition went to Armin Graca, with a picture of the 2021 flash flooding in Sarajevo. The second prize was for Dewang Gupta with a dynamic (and also rainy) shot. In the Series competition Md Enamul Kabir won with the colorful 'To Be Or Not To Be'. Second prize was awarded to Jonathan Jasberg with 'Cairo: A Beautiful Thing Is Never Perfect'. An honorable mention was given to Argus Paul Estabrook for his Series 'Fare Adjustment'. The Brussels award was given to Merlin Meuris.
In addition to the finalists exhibit ‘The BSPF retrospective: an expedition through the eyes of the female finalists’ also took place in the Marquis building. This selection focused on the distinctive perspectives of the female photographers from the previous 4 BSPF editions. A third exhibition was presented in Centre Tour à Plomb with pictures of the renowned guest photographers who provided the talks, workshops, panel discussions, feedback sessions and photo walks during 2023 BSPF or were a jury member for the competitions.
Both locations together with Muntpunt and our capital Brussels provided us with the perfect setting for our full 2023 BSPF program, made possible thanks to Mathieu Asselin, Maude Bardet, Christophe Chailloux, Mary Gelman, Welmer Keesmaat, Evelien Kunst, Merlin Meuris, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Joachim Naudts, Dani Oshi, Céline Pannetier, Vincent Peal, NicolasPetit, Max Pinckers, Jan Rosseel, Valentina Stellino, Sebastian Steveniers, Rose Vandepitte and Sébastien Van Malleghem.