Regardless of genres, we wanted to celebrate the beauty and wealth of black & white photography. Be it in street, fashion, portrait, landscape, documentary, or any other form of photography: we want to be moved and inspired.
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1ST PRIZE: Soner Abaci
“The incorporation of light is outstanding. The photograph itself has a sense of dynamism that keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats. Each of the subjects in the photograph has its own elements that stimulate the viewer’s imagination, and I believe this is the true appeal of black-and-white photography. Well composed. It is a very nice photograph capturing a moment in time.” — Tatsuo Suzuki
2ND PRIZE: Joanna Borowiec
“The image and statement are a perfect synergistic match. The photograph itself is also fantastical, and the slightly blurred image is rather intriguing to the viewers. The power of black-and-white to stimulate the imagination is beautifully demonstrated here as well. Great shot.” — Tatsuo Suzuki
3RD PRIZE: Alexandre Caetano
“A thoroughly captivating and atmospheric image that demonstrates the potential of black & white. Perfectly framed, the striking alabaster lines that fringe the road direct the viewer’s gaze into the nubilous horizon, and contrast dramatically with the textured, charcoal scenery, creating a dream-like composition that intrigues and stirs. It is an immaculately constructed compelling assertion of monochrome’s enduring relevance, for it is hard to imagine it would have the same impact were it rendered in color.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Tatsuo Suzuki
Tatsuo Suzuki is a Japanese photographer, renowned for his visceral, monochrome portraiture and depictions of everyday life in his homeland. Born in Tokyo in 1965, he has received numerous awards and has exhibited internationally on numerous occasions, including at Photo Shanghai in 2015 and in London in 2016. In 2020, he published his debut photobook, Friction / Tokyo Street, with Steidl, which featured an extensive collection of his Tokyo street photography.