About Michael Kowalczyk

Portrait of Michael Kowalczyk - Photo by J.Ruszkiewicz
Michael Kowalczyk Portrait with camera - Photo by J.Ruszkiewicz
Michael Kowalczyk – Photo by J.Ruszkiewicz, Miami 2016.

Michael Kowalczyk is a photographer with a special interest in making photographs in public to visualize the spirit of the times. He was born in Poland and started photography self taught in Germany in 2003. During a two year stay in New York City he developed his passion and skills in street photography and helped educating students while working as Teaching Assistant in the International Center of Photography School. After a year long backpacking journey trough South and Middle America he moved back to Germany and currently works in University Teacher Education. Michael continues to create a personal body of photographic works. Selected images were awarded, published in books and exhibited at international competitions. His favorite quote is from Alfred Eisenstaedt. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter”

Michael Kowalczyk started a project called Street Photo Tip.


Competitions and Awards


SIENA Awards 2020 (Category Street Photo) – 2nd place

Siena Awards 2020 2nd place Street Photo Medellin Mirror
Medellin Mirror Colombia 2018
Medellin Mirror, Colombia 2018

Lichtblick Konstanz “Nähe und Distanz” – 8th place

Überfahrt, Konstanz, 2020


Urban Photo Awards 2019 – Finalist (Single Image)

Medellin Mirror Colombia 2018
Medellin Mirror, Colombia 2018

Italian Street Photography Festival 2019 – Finalist (Single Image)

Medellin Mirror Colombia 2018
Medellin Mirror, Colombia 2018


Miami Street Photography Festival 2018 – Finalist (Single Image)

Frozen NYC 2017
Frozen, NYC 2017

Pentaxforums.com Photo Contest May “People, Candid or Street” – Winner

Smokey Coat NYC 2017
Smokey Coat, NYC 2017

SPi Street Photography International Awards – Finalist

Closeup Dreams Fort Tilden NYC 2016
Closeup Dreams, Fort Tilden, NYC, 2016


ΦΩS ATHENS – Finalist

Window NYC 2017
Window, NYC 2017

EyeEm Photo Awards 2017 – Finalist (The Street Photographer)

Exit On Wall Street NYC 2017
Exit On Wall Street, NYC 2017

Urban Street Dive Contest 2017 – 2nd place

New York City, 2017


#ShootOnaLeica Contest – Winner

Fly Away Miami 2016
Fly Away, Miami 2016

Exhibitions (Group)

Publications (Print)

Publications (Online)

Learning Photography

Teaching Photography

Stock Photography

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