Theme: BLACK & WHITE April 2017


  • Winning Photographer Gabriele Casini

    Winning Photographer Gabriele Casini

    This photo was taken on a search and rescue vessel in the Mediterranean sea. A 9 months pregnant woman from Eritrea fainted because of the intense heat and gasoline fumes from the engine of the dangerously overcrowded boat she was traveling on, in a desperate attempt to reach European shores. She took the incredibly hard decision to leave her home country, ruled by an oppressive regime, and embark on dangerous journey to guarantee a better future to her baby. She survived the crossing and gave birth few days later. Unfortunately hundreds of others - including many children - encounter a far grimier fate. In fact, in 2016 alone, over 5000 people drowned while attempting this same journey. © Gabriele Casini – Instagram
  • Finalist Rui Caria

    Finalist Rui Caria

    © Rui Caria – Website
  • Finalist Nadav Ariel

    Finalist Nadav Ariel

    © Nadav Ariel – Website
  • Finalist Abbey Bratcher

    Finalist Abbey Bratcher

    © Abbey Bratcher – Website
  • Finalist Scott Hoyle

    Finalist Scott Hoyle

    © Scott Hoyle – Website
  • Finalist Nancy Lin

    Finalist Nancy Lin

    © Nancy Lin – Website
  • Finalist Gil Barez

    Finalist Gil Barez

    © Gil Barez – Website
  • Finalist Nicolas Desport

    Finalist Nicolas Desport

    © Nicolas Desport
  • Finalist Keiichi Ichikawa

    Finalist Keiichi Ichikawa

    © Keiichi Ichikawa
  • Finalist Dan Tyler

    Finalist Dan Tyler

    © Dan Tyler

Finalists

“I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.” – Henri Matisse

“Just like certain images look more distinctive in monochrome, not every image will work in Black and White. It is the very first and fundamental decision that the photographer makes in the process of creation. Black and white photography offers a particular sense of abstraction and a unique relation to a scene; A certain balance is established between the photographer’s intention and the outside world. From content to form, and regardless of genres, all the photographs above bear the subtle nuances and strength of monochromatic expressions. Congratulations to all photographers. Stunning work!”The Independent Photographer Editors

– The Theme: Black & White Photography

From the earliest days of photography to the modern digital era: Black & White photography has changed the way we see the world. Regardless of genres, the Black & White legacy left by the great Masters of photography still inspires and encourages both amateur and professional photographers to work in Black & White. This award aimed to discover the finest Black & White photographers of today.

– The Judge: Francesco Merlini

Francesco Merlini is an Italian photographer and photo editor at the international photographic agency Prospekt. Working primarily in Black & White, Francesco explores reality and uses it as a mirror to reflect on himself and to create unique visual languages.

After covering Italian news with publications in magazines such as Internazionale, Rolling Stone, Le Monde or Wired, Francesco Merlini now works mainly on personal long-term projects, corporate-work and editorials. His project ‘Farang’ has been recently exhibited in Paris and his photography has been featured on TIME Lightbox among the new most interesting contemporary Black & White photographers.

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