BLACK & WHITE Award 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

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  • black and white photography with high contrast and flash by francesco merlini

    Judged by: Francesco Merlini

    Francesco Merlini is an Italian photographer and photo editor at the international photographic agency Prospekt.

    Working primarily in Black & White, Francesco likes to explore reality and use it as a mirror to reflect on himself and to create unique visual languages. From the vivid tone and texture of Farang to the extreme grey spectrum of Le Tchad Dense, Francesco Merlini likes to work out of his comfort zone, always evolving and often moving in extreme contrast.

    After covering Italian news for publications such as Internazionale, Rolling Stone, Le Monde or Wired, Francesco Merlini now works mainly on personal long-term projects, corporate-work and editorials. His work has been published in the MONO book Vol. One alongside renowned photographers such as Daido Moryiama, Anders Petersen and Antoine D’Agata. 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.

Andrea Lillus
© Andrea Lillus
Portrait photograph of a woman with red lipstick and blue eyes in Oxford Street, London, UK by Francesco Gioia
© Francesco Gioia

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