Congratulations to photographer Simona Bonanno who’s image won the competition!
– Theme: Black & White / Competition Judge: Francesco Merlini
From the earliest days of photography to the modern digital era: black & white photography has change the way we see the world. Regardless of genres, we wanted you to show us all the beauty and wealth that black & white photography has to offer!
First Prize: Simona Bonanno
“To me photography reaches its highest level when the camera impress those epiphanies that bring truth into a new, magical dimension. Very short instants, so difficult to immortalise, when material elements of this world act together in such a way to create something that exceed the boundaries of rational thinking. The result is an image that puts the audience in awe and to me, at a time where people seem anaesthetised, it is something really powerful and precious that highlights the need for photography now more than ever.” – Francesco Merlini
Second Prize: Edgard De Bono
“Usually I don’t really like photographs with multiple subjects but the framing, complex and balanced at the same time, and the individual force of every element, both kinetic and static, has definitely struck me. Each one of the photographed subjects could be the main protagonist of this picture; Many faces of the same moment making different scenarios dance together involuntarily while sharing the same instant. Individual scenes, broken and mixed all together, creating something new, unanimous and unique.” – Francesco Merlini
Honorary Mention: Artyt Lerdrakmongkol
“While a great range of technics exist to create surrealist photographs, the poetic narration of a moment supported by a truly personal expression remains the most powerful element. Departing from a single reality it develops into a multitude of new layers and emotions for the viewer to interpret. Here, the subtle and yet absolute duality of the image, between light and shadow, life and death, presented in a last farewell simply masters the duality of black and white colours. Stunning work, undoubtedly!” – The Independent Photographer Editors
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 using it as a mirror to reflect upon himself in order to create unique visual languages. From the vivid tones and textures of the series ‘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.