"Times Square, 2015" won the top award in the 2015 World Street Photography Awards, and is featured on the cover of the annual book.
"Jonathan Higbee is defined by more than his once-in-a-lifetime shot. At his core, the photographer is a New Yorker who has channeled his passion and love for the city into his own colorful, poetic style. One look at his portfolio and it’s plain to see that Jonathan Higbee, the street photographer, is also an artist. One with unwavering patience and a tireless work ethic. The same can be told from portfolio samples of his fine art and urban abstract/minimalism work. And it’s not just color and the moments that make Higbee’s work stand out. The shooter has a keen eye for the abundance of geometric delicacies the city can serve up." -- Andrew Sweigart, Street Hunters
"Jonathan lives the dream of so many aspiring photographers out there." -- Chris Gampat, Phoblographer founder
"Jon's story is one of the more incredible ones I feel I’ve brought to you all in a while. He struggled with depression and anxiety, then was medicated for it, and then tried to wean himself off of the treatment with the help of a medical team. The result for him is a very difficult one that he’s learned how to translate into images.
"But he hasn’t only done this with surreal and conceptual work, his photograph is the cover of the World Street Photography Awards 2016 book just went up for pre-order. At the moment though, he’s currently working on his Akathisia series; and has a lot to say about its creation." -- Chris Gampat, Phoblographer founder
"Any creative pursuit, especially photography comes with anxiety and a whole lot of uncertainty. We all have our ways of dealing with them but for Jonathan Higbee, it is the impetus that is driving his work forward. Together with his keen eye on color and creative juxtapositions, he positions his work to counteract this anxiety by putting it front and center in his work." -- A.g. De Mesa
"This is a fantastic capture. It is another classic example of a “decisive moment”. One of the most stunning elements of this image is that the man’s camera is almost the same color as the splash of color on the wall behind - as if he is beaming this teal/blue splash across the scene from this little piece of machinery he holds. It is a brilliant moment captured by a truly talented photographer."
"It is obvious why this photo is killer. Jonathan has managed to combine random moments into a masterfully composed capture. The man on the left is photographing someone that is not in the frame, while standing in front of a wall with black and blue colours. The camera the man is using is blue also, which is a most pleasant coincidence that adds to the story of the photo. The girl on the far right is someone who has nothing to do with the photo the man is shooting, but she is there, in the perfect position, right in front of the blue part of the wall that is in the background. She is essential in the composition, helping the illusion of the “blue light” projecting from the man’s camera to seem more real. Jonathan Higbee saw the connection between these two strangers. He saw the illusion present itself to him and he grasped the moment – he took the shot. The colours of the wall in the background connect the man and the woman, making a story that is totally surreal. A story that can make even the most stuck-up photo critic shut up and drink the Kool-Aid. This is an awesome image and I say hats off to Higbee!" -- Spyros Papaspyropoulos
"His work is good in a way that I cannot quite put my finger on. It's subtle, decisive, intuitive, and at the same time it's warmhearted and romantic - much like the man himself. ...
I also love that this work is in color. So much of what he captures here just wouldn't work in monochrome - and perhaps that instinct to search out these moments of color is what indicates a master color photographer more than anything." -- Michael Ernest Sweet
"The first picture I have seen from Jonathan is Columbus Circle (the one with the old lady with sunglasses) and I wanted to see more from this photographer. That picture…I think is one of the most impactful seen in the last times…there is someone that could make a career with an image like this, by the moment someone has made a “career” with much less than this…" -- Alex Coghe
"Columbus Circle, 2015" (above) was chosen as a "Special Mention" by Michael Ernest Sweet
"As a New Yorker I am proud to include this image. Although I did not chose it because it was shot in Manhattan. I chose this image because it is a good candid portrait. There is a play between photographer and model which implies a tacit consent, but at the same time is not a “set up” photograph. The woman is quintessential New York. Although a bit Bruce Gilden’ish (which I would normally turn away from due to the over-abundance of copies) it works here. This photographer has taken inspiration from Gilden, not merely a copy. The leopard print shirt and glasses adds the final touch - Columbus Circle indeed!"