Submission Guide

Urban Picnic Street Photography is a high quality resource for street photographers and everyone interested in photography based on a street theme.

This site strives for excellence in street photography.

Submissions to this website are curated to keep standards high and this page is a submission guide for you to know how to get your images published on UPSP.


Join Us

  • You must be registered with us to submit a post.
  • You can post to the UPSP Flickr Group page. If successful you may be asked to feature the image on UPSP.
  • You can post to the UPSP Tumblr page. If successful you may be asked to feature the image on UPSP.



Update August 2013

The Urban Picnic Street Photography project has been up and running for less than a year, yet its success has been overwhelming. The amount of submissions we receive through the UPSP website continues to grow exponentially. Our passion is to offer a high quality resource for street photographers, inspire others to reach these high standards and promote the best in contemporary street photography.

One of the issues we face is managing the plethora of these submissions. Our aim is to showcase the best in street photography but without some parameters we are in danger of diluting the standard of work held on the UPSP website. With this in mind we are moving the goal-posts slightly. Photos submitted to UPSP that fall within the broad criteria of street will be curated by the editors and if deemed a high enough standard will be published in the Street PhotographyImage Pool’.

From the ‘Image Pool‘ the editors (both full-time and monthly guest editors) will decide which images go on to become published in the Street Photography and Featured‘ sections. This will slow down the amount of featured images to no more than one or two a day and help define better what we consider to be great street photography. We’ll continue to publish these featured images across social networks and they will replace the ‘Best of the Day’. The street photography pool will be available to view and, more importantly, critique (the critique section has been moved to the UPSP Flickr Group). Although not a prerequisite to uploading we encourage photographers to discuss each others’ work. We feel this will help everyone understand better street photography as a genre.


A Note On The Editing Procedure

Different editors have varying tastes of street photography but as a basic guide we will edit submissions based along the following criteria:

1. The image should capture a ‘decisive moment’.
Examine the photograph and ask yourself whether taking the photograph a moment earlier or a moment later would have missed the shot. What is it about that split second captured that makes it ‘decisive’? What is happening in the shot that engages the viewer?

2. Artistic Merit
Do all the elements of the photograph come together to build the over-all picture? How well is the image composed in terms of foreground, background, geometry and composition?

3. Originality
How different is your photograph from the one next to it? Have you taken another cliché or does your photograph offer a different take on a scene?




  • UPSP looks for the best and the editing process starts with you the photographer.
  • Please read through our guide to street photography and types of street photography.
  • View the photos that get featured and chosen by the editors – this is the standard expected.
  • When you upload a new photo it is classed as ‘Pending’.
  • Uploaded images are curated and categorised.
  • When published the image status default is ‘Image Pool’.
  • There is no long guide to what is allowed, but try to avoid large watermarks, borders and over manipulated images.
  • Homeless and street performers will now not get published.
  • One uploaded image per post only.
  • Ideal image size for upload = 930px width.

Submitted photos that lack imagination, poorly taken or have little artistic value will not be published. No reason will be given if your submitted photo wasn’t accepted onto the website.



  • Photos that make it past the initial publishing criteria are categorised
  • Pending – unpublished, waiting minimum review for quality
  • Image Pool – Default category for published photos. Editors review this section to promote to Street Photography
  • Street Photography – Generally a good shot and can be boosted to the featured category by editors, photographer community votes and positive feedback.
  • Featured – High quality and interesting, imaginative and unique.
  • Submitted photos may change category or be deleted retrospectively.

Images in the ‘Image Pool’ folder may be purged at a later date.

Photographers and subscribers are encouraged to give feedback on submitted images.


Featured Photos

  • Chosen by the editors and guest editors of UPSP and promoted as ‘Featured’.


Editors’ Choice

  • Editors’ Choice photos are chosen from the best photos submitted in a given month.


Featured Photographers

  • Featured photographers are chosen by the editors for consistently producing outstanding images and contributions to the site


Guest Editors

  • Each month 2 or 3 guest editors are invited to curate for ‘Street Photography’ and choose their top shots to become ‘Featured’. Editors also choose their favourite image at the end of the month.


If your submitted photos do not appear it means they didn’t make it. Please do not re-submit. Every image is carefully checked for quality.

Thanks for using the site and enjoy the best in street photography.




Street photographs are mirror images of society, displaying "unmanipulated" scenes, with usually unaware subjects.




  1. July 1, 2013  2:52 pm by uneek

    i uploaded one of my best street photos yesterday, but it was rejected. i guess i can de-register if this is NOT a street photo. i don't see the point if i don't get any reason why a picture had been rejected. what can i learn here if nobody tells me what's not good in a picture?

    • July 1, 2013  3:31 pm by Rob Hill

      Photos get purged at the end of the month. So maybe not much time for any feedback.
      Upload again and we can offer some critique to maybe help.

      • July 1, 2013  3:35 pm by uneek

        ok thanks, rob. i just uploaded another one. hope this is what you're looking for. and thanks for your feedback if it's rejected. :)

        • July 4, 2013  11:49 pm by Luis_Rubim

          I think the key is not taking it personally. I haven't had much luck either, I have had everything I have submitted for a while posted onto critique and quite a few rejected. You just have to look at what you are doing or rather not doing. I haven't had much time lately to shoot much and I have uploaded stuff that in retrospect I can see it's not up to scratch. Sometimes you go through the motions, sometimes you are atuned and sometimes you aren't. Currently I feel that I am a bit out of touch with the street and photography in general, as other things took over at the moment and I need help selecting and editing. It's a phase. But personally, I think if something is put up on the Critique section it is simply not good enough and I get rid of it. I decided to use this as an aid to my selection and editing process. Just see it that way. I personally think feedback is of limited help in street photography as everyone sees something different in your street photos and a street photo comes out from within you and people get it or they don't. I see it as something very guttural both for you and for the viewer. But I don't take it personal.

          • July 6, 2013  7:58 pm by Mike Raker

            Very well stated Luis. I agree with so much you said. I think at first you have to enjoy what you are doing by photographing things on the street. Even if you are the only one that likes one of your photos that is okay because you were there and shot the image because of something you saw and thought was worth capturing. This is the way I would approach street photography because if you read books about this unique type of photography, you will see a lot of variety between folks as what is street photography. I think Urban Picnic actually allows a lot of types of street photography to be posted and shared which is great for allowing creativity. But back to my key point, enjoy the street photography you are doing--and what a great way to take in city life but with a walk through a city/town with a camera!

    • July 22, 2013  11:46 pm by Kevin Shelley

      I quite agree with the above that ultimately it's the photographers own enjoyment that comes above all else.

      However, having looked through the long list of pictures in the 'critique' section, I don't see much in the way of it (critique that is).

      For me (and I'm sure others as well), there can't be anything worse than seeing 'your' favorite photo's slipping down the page without so much as an idea why from anyone. I know the suggestion is to examine accepted photo's but the reason some of those were chosen escapes me - the 2013 competition winner for example.

      Ultimately, the selection process is down to the tastes and decisions of one or two persons.

      I have been doing street for a considerably long time, way before it became the 'in thing'. A time when you only worried about Sharpness when you were splitting a strip of negatives.

      Sorry, but I'm not prepared to post my hard won and favoured images on a forum, without so much as a reason for rejection.

      Constructive criticism where it's due please, but life's to short for guessing games.

      • July 23, 2013  12:26 am by Rob Hill

        Please don't be put off if shots end up not making it. You're correct that this is very much subjective and down to personal tastes. We rotate the editors each month and try to be varied. Ultimately we look to showcase shots that will improve everyone's perception of street photography and inspire creatives. It's also hard to actually critique everyone's work and is something only recently added, but to simply not show anything seemed harsh. Keep posting, when people have asked specifically for critique the editors will dive in, but only if you are struggling to know why your shots don't make it. Be self critical, post your best shots. Hope this helps.

  2. August 6, 2013  3:26 pm by Luigi Casentini

    If I delete a picture that goes in critique, can I try to upload another one the same day or I must wait the day after?

    • August 6, 2013  7:03 pm by Rob Hill

      Hi Luigi, limiting 1 post per day helps the editors cope with the number of submissions. We are currently reviewing submission guidelines and publication criteria so the system will change soon. Be self critical and post your best shots only.

      • August 6, 2013  11:13 pm by Luigi Casentini

        thank's Rob

  3. August 8, 2013  1:46 am by CyrilJayant

    My photos are rejected and my profile was erased and I had no way of logging to my account So I guess this site is really Wow and I think I know little more how the curating world shines and fortunately for me I am a photographer. and it not a good thing to criticise the curates job and I stop here.

    • August 8, 2013  9:43 am by Rob Hill

      Profiles are not erased. Photos in critique are eventually purged. Photos in street photography and featured are kept.

  4. December 13, 2015  4:47 am by Allen Hammer

    In response to the thread about getting accepted - I agree with those who offer the perspective that the only really satisfying art is one that comes from your heart, You do it because it makes you feel good (regardless of any validation by others ) I always think of Vivian Maier who appeared to not even care about recognition. She just kept shooting and shooting. I would say that's a testament to pursuing your art JUST because it fulfills something inside you. Any praise or acknowledgement should just be valued because it is proof that you may ALSO be putting something out there that touches someone else as well as yourself.

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