Shooting window Saturday and Sunday

It's time to shoot! Take your picture on Saturday or Sunday this weekend. Deadline for shooting is midnight on Sunday Pacific Time (California).

Have fun and good luck!

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Reminder- Shooting is Saturday and Sunday December 14th and 15th

Don't miss your chance to take part! All images submitted need to be taken on one of these two days.

Two Weeks to Go!

Only two weeks until the shooting period for the challenge. Join in and tell a friend!

Winner of the Decisive Challenge IV Summer 2013 Announced.

Well the votes have been cast and counted and the 8 prize winners are about to be revealed. I’d like to thank everyone who took part, either as a participant, a voter or a prize contributor. Without all of you this event would be nothing.

We had a great turnout, almost 50 individuals entered images, over 100 people cast votes for their favorites. The variety of images was fascinating and the quality high.

So, with no further ado, let’s get down to business.  

The winner of the Decisive Challenge IV Summer 2013 Competition is….. Let Her Run by Gail Tang
I will be contacting the winners in the order of their finish so they can choose from the remaining prizes. Great job everyone!!! Until next time…  

Order of finish (prize positions):
 Let Her Run by Gail Tang

The Cage by Jane 71 (Janko Oven)

The Other Side by fixedfocallife (Tristan Parker)

Riding for Rapelje by Rob Ruble (From Google+)

The Cave by erikhaugsby (Erik Haugsby)

Anglepoised by telenous (Alkis Plithas)

Guitar Nun by Clint Troy

Flying Youth By nicolaspinel of LUF (Nicolas Pinel)

Submissions are Now Closed.

The submission deadline has passed so we now will be looking forward to the voting period which should begin on Wednesday. Voting will be taking place on, home to our generous prize donating members.

Submission Deadline July 14th

Now that you've wandered the streets with your camera you have until midnight on July 14th to submit your entry. Files must be no larger than 1000px on the long side and 300k in size.

Good luck!!

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It's On!!

The shooting portion of the Decisive Challenge IV Summer 2013 Edition is now ON! You can shoot images from now until 11:59 on Sunday June 30th (Pacific Time).

Get out there and do your best. Most importantly, have fun!!


As it's already June 29th in the Far East I wanted to post the prizes everyone will be competing for. Thanks to very generous donations from the members of we have some cool stuff to go for.

Prizes include:

From Clint Troy:
- Nikon F401-x Body in almost Like-New Condition (or Mint +++ if you prefer) (5-10 rolls, if ever). I must say that I like this camera quite a bit. It's zippy, has an excellent and very clear viewfinder.

- 4 Mini soft releases (2 Black and 2 Red)

- One Tom Abrahamsson "8" Soft release!

From Roland (Ferider)
Canon 50/1.8 LTM lens

From Joe (Back Alley)
Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 30i Bag

From Keith (KXL)
- A Brick (10 rolls) of B&W film (for the winning B&W film shooter).
- A Nikon SB-23 AF TTL flash

From Kent (Me, kdemas)
- A $39 100' roll of Kentmere 100 or 400 or the same value of your favorite film.

[I]Note: For international winners there my be a charge for shipping (we can only ask so much of the donating parties). Shipping can be discussed between the winner and provider. [/I]


All images that are submitted MUST be taken on either June 29th or 30th. I have received some nice entries already that unfortunately won't qualify.

What will you be shooting on June 29th & 30th?

What camera are you going to use for the Decisive Challenge this weekend? I'm probably going with my new Ricoh GR.

One week to go!

Only one more week remains before the shooting challenge phase opens! Mark your calendars.

Announcement: Decisive Challenge IV Summer 2013 June 29th & 30th. Join In!

As summer makes it’s way across the Norther Hemisphere it’s time to dust off the street shooting gear and go out to try and capture the “Decisive Moment” once again. Join with fellow photographers from around the world to create a day where street shooting and capturing life around you reigns supreme. Whether you’re in a small town or a major metropolis, do your best and share your skill and “eye” with fellow photographers.

 Use any camera you like. Shoot as much, or as little as you like on June 29th & 30th. This fun challenge is about the end result, how you get there is your business.

 We are going to set up a gathering of our local RFF group for that day as a bit of a nexus for getting lots of people involved in a fun way. I’d love to see regional clubs around the world do the same.

 If you're planning in participating please let us know here by exclaiming "I'm In!" in the comments area. Having a nice big turnout might help us with sponsors so we can have some goodies for the top vote getters!

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 29th and 30th.

Where: EVERYWHERE. The challenge itself is a worldwide challenge, open to anyone who wants to capture a “decisive moment” on the 29th & 30th. Let's see street work from around the world on one day, this day.

What’s this all about? On June 29th & 30th you will head out into your local city, village or town and try to make HCB or Garry Winogrand proud. One thing to remember, this is about YOUR style of shooting street, not an attempt to copy HCB or anyone else. Let your talent shine.

What are the rules? Not many.

  • All photos MUST BE TAKEN ON June 29th or 30th. 
  • This is not a limited “one lens, one camera” challenge, instead you can use whatever tool best works for you and take as many pictures as you like. Digital, Analogue, Rangefinder, SLR, Holga, iPhone...whatever you like. HCB used the tools that were right for him, and if he was alive today he would do the same I am sure. It’s about the image and capturing the moment, use whatever allows you to do that. 
  • You have ALL DAY to shoot so you can find the light and conditions that are right for you. It’s the honor system, so an image taken one minute too early or late should not be submitted. 
  • Please submit all photos in Black and White. Well, that’s a nod to HCB and his preferred medium. 
  • Each participant can enter one, and only one, photo. If we do not get enough participation we may expand this to two photos but let’s count on only one. 
  • For fair and unbiased judging please do not include anything that tips off who took the shot. No watermarking or copyrights on photos, no naming that gives away who the photographer is.
  • IMPORTANT- Pictures should not be shared anywhere before the contest. Anonymity is important for a nice fair vote later on. Any images that have been found anywhere on the web prior to results being posted will be disqualified. 
How do we submit our entries?

  • You will have until midnight on July 14th to submit your entries via the entry form located at 
  • Submissions should be no more than 300k and measure no longer than 1000 pixels wide.   
Then what?

  • On July 16th I will take all submitted photos and post them, in random order and with no names attached, to a site for review. 
  •  Voting will be open until midnight July 28th (PST Time). 
  • Votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced on August 29th. Example where photo “x” is your favorite, “F” is your second choice and “A” is your 3rd favorite. You must make 3 selections or the votes will not be counted.: X-1 F-2 A-3 
Prizes... Well beyond the obvious honor and thrill of winning this event we are working to provide some nice prizes for the top three vote getters. [B]We are currently seeking out sponsors and prize donations so there is no guarantee at this point of any prizes.[/B] [I]**If you are a merchant or a manufacturer that would like to sponsor or supply a prize please let me know![/I]

Most Importantly... Have Fun! This event is designed to give shooters of all types, with all different equipment, the chance to participate in a fun challenging competition. Shoot what you want, at the time of day you want, in the light you want. Impress us all and enjoy!

**Note- This challenge is in no way connected to or in association with the Cartier-Bresson family, Foundation or Magnum Photo. This is merely a grass-roots contest in honor of a famous and well-respected photographer and man.

Decisive Challenge Summer 2013. Dates? Tell Us.

Take the poll on the right side of this layout to let us know what weekend you would prefer for the Summer '13 Decisive Challenge. We want your feedback so please vote!

The Winners of the Decisive Challenge Winter 2012 are...

Well the votes have been counted and it was a terrific competition! 39 different images received votes with 28 different images getting first place votes. We had runaway winner this year in terms of points but the competition for the rest of the prize positions was very tight. For ties we used the number of first place votes as a tie breaker. 3 points were given for first, 2 for second and 1 for a third place vote.

And so, with no further ado, I will announce the winners of the Winter 2012 Decisive Challenge. Winners will be contacted in order of finish to select the remaining prize of their choice. Thanks again to the incredibly generous RFF members who donated this terrific set of prizes!!

The winners of the 2012 Winter Decisive Challenge are:

1st Place: Man Centered Square Triangles by Clint Troy on RFF.

2nd Place: Indecisive Moment by thompsonks on RFF.

3rd Place: Chinatown 1889 by Warren T. on RFF.

4th Place: Winters Seagulls by lam on RFF.

5th Place: Levitation by KDemas on RFF.

6th Place: Grandpa by tuanvinh2000 on RFF.

Thank you to everyone who participated! It was a superb collection of images and I really enjoyed seeing everyone's work from the weekend, I hope you did too.

Prizes Reminder:
Winners will be getting one of the following:
- CLA'ed Leica IIIC + Leica Summitar 50mm Lens courtesy of Ferider.
- Used Olympus E-P1 with 17/2.8 lens and OVF courtesy of FrozenInTime.
- Agfa Isolette with a roll of TMAX 120 courtesy of the one and only Helen Hill.
- 10 rolls of Tri-X 35mm film courtesy of our last winner Telenous.
- A 100' roll of Arista EDU 100, 200 or 400 speed film courtesy of Me.
- Bare Bones Bag courtesy of icebear.

Until Next Time….

Submissions Period Over for the Winter Challenge

Images are no longer being accepted for the Winter 2012 Decisive Challenge. Thank you to all those who have sent in an image!

Final Reminder!

Midnight Pacific time tonight is the deadline for submissions. As of this posting there's a little more than 3 hours to go.

Best of luck to all who enter!

Final Day to Enter!

You have until Midnight Pacific Time (Los Angeles) today (December 10th) to submit your entry into the Winter 2012 Decisive Challenge. Entries recieved after the deadline will not be included in the competition.

Enter, it's easy to do! GO HERE TO ENTER.

Submission Deadline January 10th.

The deadline for submitting your image is fast approaching. You have until Midnight on January 10th Pacific time to enter.

Go to to enter your image. Share your best effort!