:The balance of the composition and the content is what creates the magic in this photo. I see a lot of street photography in which the composition is perfect--multiple layers of elements, all spaced out properly to give the photo a sense of depth. But very often, the photos seem very cerebral or formulaic and don't "say" or make me feel all that much. On the other hand, there were a lot of submissions in this competition that showed someone experiencing an emotion, for example, but did not take into account the rest of the space in the frame. Lastly, there were many photos that showed someone emoting, literally, be it a child crying, laughing, etc. There is nothing wrong with that, but when it comes to street photography, I am more interested in a photo that CREATES something, rather than just records something. I think it's very difficult to create a photo where the composition and content are equal in caliber. And those that do, stand out. This photo has so many interesting elements that lead the eye through the frame. The first thing I see is what looks like a hand (it's probably the shadow of a plant or something). Then the stepping stones lead me to the plant and then to the guy walking on the street, then to the pants hanging on the line and back to that "hand." The photo evokes "a calm before the storm" feeling in me. At first glance, everything looks pretty normal--someone;s laundry is hanging out to dry while a guy on a cel phone passes by. But at second glance, everything inside the gate, seems a little too quiet and perfect. And then that eerie looking "hand" gives me a sense that something is askew. This photo provides more questions than answers, and leaves me feeling very uneasy! Great job!