In reference to the general theme of the City Street³ Conference (CS³), the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition invites entries to document a street with one photograph depicting warmth, sociability and liveliness, a shot that captures urban streets occupants and their ongoing activities.


There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.’ Robert Frank

To me, photography is an art of observation, it’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.’ Elliott Erwitt



English is the official language of the City Street³ Conference. All text accompanying submitted photographs, if any, should be written in English.


The competition ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ is open to professional and amateur photographers above 18 years. The submitted photographs must have a clear link to the main theme of the Competition.


‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition offers three prizes. The first prize is USD$2,000, the second prize is USD$1,000, and the third prize is USD$500. The Top 15 photographs will be printed and exhibited starting on the first conference day, October 31, 2018 and until November 5, 2018.


The jury’s decisions will be final and irrevocable. The City Street³ Conference (CS³) competition organizers reserve the right to replace a jury member at anytime. Photographs submitted to the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition entries will be assessed according to their engagement with the competition theme, their creativity, aesthetic impact, and technical excellence.


Serge Najjar

Serge Najjar’s approach to photography is intuitive. It derives from his passion for modern and contemporary art. He started working as in professional photography in 2011 and was soon contacted for various exhibitions all around the world. He is the Laureate winner of “Photomed 2014”. His works are exhibited in international fairs.


Dalia Khamissy

Born in Beirut in 1973, Dalia Khamissy received her diploma in photography in 1999 from USEK, Lebanon. In 2005 she worked for the Associated Press as their photo editor in Beirut. She quit at the end of 2006 and since then she has been documenting the aftermath of the different wars of Lebanon as well as its social issues. In 2010 she started her ongoing project on the Missing of Lebanon, telling the stories of the estimated 17,000 people who went missing during Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. Since 2011 she has been photographing Syrian refugees who had fled their war-torn country and found refuge in Lebanon and Jordan. Her pictures have been exhibited widely and published locally and internationally.


Caroline Tabet

Caroline Tabet is a Beirut-born photographer and video artist who grew up in France and studied photography at Montpellier. She gained experience in Paris before moving back to to live and work in Beirut.
Caroline’s practice revolves around the relationship between urban landscape and human trajectories, as well as notions of memory and loss. Part of her photographic work is based on research in experimental techniques through the use of organic matter, analog enlargement, manual transformations and alterations in the darkroom.
In her video practice she develops a dialogue between the distinct aspects of image and sound.
In 2003 Tabet co-founded the collective Engram in collaboration with the Lebanese photographer Joanna Andraos. Their project "290 rue du Liban" was self-published as a monograph in 2010.
Caroline’s work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

How to Submit

Participation in the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition is free of charge and registration is through the City Street³ website. Only one entry per person is allowed. All entries should be submitted in digital format through the CS³ ONLINE SUBMISSION. The photograph should be of 5MB – 10MB at 300 dpi.

Types of Submissions

Various formats are accepted including: panoramic, diptych, triptych, and square.
Photographs that have been digitally manipulated beyond acceptable optimization procedures will be disqualified. Applicants can adjust colors, contrast, brightness, and sharpness. Dust and scratches can be removed. Crop and B&W can be used as well.
Failure to comply with any of the above guidelines will result in the applicant's disqualification from the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition.

Originality and Copyright

  • The author of the photograph guarantees that s/he is the sole owner of the photograph that he/she submits.
  • The author of the photograph guarantees that s/he has the right to make the photograph available to the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition.
  • The author of the photograph guarantees that the photograph does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person's rights of privacy or publicity.
  • The organizers of the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition and the City Street³ Conference deny all responsibilities in case of legal pursuits relative to any photograph that depicts people who did not consent to appear in the photograph, or if they contain elements whose owner did not consent that they be represented alongside or in relation to these elements.
  • The organizers of the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition and the City Street³ Conference commit themselves not to sell any photograph(s) without previously contacting the author in order to reach an agreement with her/him.
  • The author accepts that her/his photograph be used by the City Street³ Conference for press releases.
  • The author accepts that her/his photograph be used by the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition and the City Street³ Conference on their website
  • The organizers of the ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography completion and the City Street³ Conference reserve the right to choose the photograph for exhibitions taking place in 2018. They also reserve the right to select the format and the venue of these exhibitions.


Important Dates


Competition registration
1 September 2017 to 30 April 2018

Photographs submission
1 September to 6 September 2018, 8.00 pm GMT+2 (10.00 pm Beirut Local Time)

Notification of the Top 15 pre-selection
1 October 2018

Final Jury and Announcement of winners During CS³ on 3 November 2018  

Claims and Final Dispositions

  • Participation in ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition implies that the candidate fully agrees to all conditions and guidelines set forth in this document.
  • The ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition cannot be held responsible if, due to major constraint or by any reasons beyond its control, changes in exhibition dates should occur, the Competition is modified, and/or the exhibition is cancelled.
  • The ‘Urban Streets Conviviality’ photography competition assumes no responsibility for any incorrect, inaccurate, or incomplete information, whether caused by website users or by the equipment or programming associated with or used in the Competition.
    The competition registration has the legal value of a signature, and the photographs' owner recognizes that s/he has acknowledged the conditions and regulations, and commits herself/himself to abide by them.