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Houston's most striking street photography needs your vote: Decide which picture will reign at Cinema Arts Fest

Last chance to pick Houston's most striking street photography

HCAF street photography contest shutter_se7en
This artfully captured moment of joy speaks volumes in shutter_se7en's photo. shutter_se7en / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest j_canoo
"Keep on trucking" reads the caption of j_canoo's photo. j_canoo / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest dhin3z
Construction at the Alley Theatre sets the stage for dhin3z's photograph. dhin3z / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest jlimon713
Clouds obstruct the Houston skyline in jlimon713's entry. jlimon713 / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest megann_marie20
The bright, dripping colors of Biscuit's 'paint wall' are captured in megann_marie20's photograph. megann_marie20 / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest myranicolephotography
A seemingly misplaced sofa sits aside a forlorn home in myranicolephotography's entry. myranicolephotography / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest williamgeoffrey
A moment captured by williamgeoffrey shows two children thoughtfully enjoying their beverages. williamgeoffrey / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest charlitoz
The setting sun beautifully outlines the Houston skyline and barbed wire in charlitoz's entry. charlitoz / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest alton_artwork
This image by alton_artwork captures the exuberance of youth and highlights the many uses of Houston's streets. alton_artwork / Instagram
HCAF street photography contest shutter_se7en
HCAF street photography contest j_canoo
HCAF street photography contest dhin3z
HCAF street photography contest jlimon713
HCAF street photography contest megann_marie20
HCAF street photography contest myranicolephotography
HCAF street photography contest williamgeoffrey
HCAF street photography contest charlitoz
HCAF street photography contest alton_artwork

The Houston Cinema Arts Festival — a five-day, multi-venue movie festival dedicated to celebrating the moving image — not only brings film and art to the forefront, but this year's fest is also helping Houstonians get creative.

The festival is featuring street scenes in an exhibition highlighting adventurous media works and installations by experimental artists called Cinema on the Verge. The theme of this year's exhibition is "Street Scenes," with photographic and video works shown by four noted visual artists. The series begins with the exhibition opening and screening of street photographer Cheryl Dunn's film Everybody Street at The Brandon Gallery on Nov. 12.

To highlight the exhibition, organizers asked Houstonians to participate in a street photography contest on Instagram by tagging photos with #hcafstreet. More than 1,500 images of street scenes, skylines and people were submitted during the 11-day contest, which ended Friday at midnight.

Now CultureMap is giving you the opportunity to decide the People's Choice favorite. The more than 1,500 entries have been narrowed down to nine hand-picked photographs and now you get to vote to determine the ultimate winner.

The winner of the People's Choice contest will receive two weekend passes to the festival and an invitation to the gallery launch on Nov. 12, and the runner-up will receive two one-day screening passes for Nov. 15. Not only that, but the winning People's Choice photos will be displayed at The Brandon alongside other contest winners.

So go ahead, choose your favorite photo and cast your vote now through Monday at 2 p.m. The winners will be revealed late Monday afternoon.