Helen Levitt’s wonderfully candid black-and-white shots from the 1930s and 40s of urban kids playing and ordinary people going about their lives— as well as the wonderfully warm and humorous street theater in her dye-transfer color prints from the 60s through the 80s— have inspired generations of photographers. Now is the time for her work to inspire you.

With that in mind, this year’s Helen Levitt Photography Contest invites photographers to interpret Contemporary Life in America. Of course, there are many ways to approach this subject, but we are looking for your take on contemporary American society— your daily life, your friends and family, your thrills and disappointments, your commentary, the things that make you laugh and smile, and the things that console you. We want to see all of it. The hurt, as well as the every day, and the fantastic. Most importantly, we want your photographs to speak for themselves.

One photograph from every submission will be displayed at Kobo Gallery the week of A-Town Get Down Festival 2018.   A separate solo show will be held for Professional winners at a soon-to-be-announced Savannah gallery.


Submission Dates: January 15, 2018 – March 23, 2018
Concept: Contemporary Life in America
Deadline: Midnight, March 23, 2018 EST

Submit Payment via PayPal at : paypal@a-towngetdown.com
Images: No Larger Than 25MB, High-Res 300dpi, Up to 16×20
Label Images: lastnamefirstname_title_image1 (2 or 3)

Email Should Include:
PayPal Receipt
Subject Line: Helen Levitt 2018 Contest Submission
Full Name, Age, Location, File Names
Small Intro about You and Your Images
Send to: : contest@a-towngetdown.com

Any submissions not following these instructions may disqualify your entry AND your submission grants A-Town Get Down usage rights.


$20.00 Submission Fee
Send Five to Six (5-6) Images from Larger Body of Work
If shortlisted, a request will be made to see the remainder of the work (up to 12 images)

$10.00 Submission Fee (under 18 years of age)
$20.00 Submission Fee (over 18 years of age)
Send Up to Three (3) Photos


1st Prize – Solo Exhibition – Location TBD
2nd Prize – Editorial Piece/Mention in Ain’t Bad Magazine
3rd Prize – Online Piece in Ain’t Bad Magazine

1st Place – $250.00 plus Professional Portfolio Review
2nd Place – $100.00
3rd Place – $50.00

Viewer’s Choice

To Be Voted Upon By Attendees at the Exhibition

Established in 2014, The Helen Levitt Photography Prize is a competition that recognizes and awards contemporary American photography and is overseen by the Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation and the A-Town Get Down Foundation.