Black & White Award February 2022


  • black and white street photo of dog and birds with shadow by Soner Abaci

    Winning Photographer Soner Abaci

    Winning Photographer Soner Abaci

    “Dark Night” - Turkey
    © Soner Abaci
  • black and white film photo of a woman in water by Joanna Borowiec

    Second Prize Joanna Borowiec

    Second Prize Joanna Borowiec

    “Unfinished Dreams” - Poland
    "Unfinished Dreams" is a series of images taken after the death of my father who passed away in his sleep. I could not understand what happened or come to terms with the loss. I looked for him everywhere and imagined he was asleep and dreaming. As a result, I have contact with him in the dream world he is with me. My dreams are sometimes like butterflies – whirling, delicate, suddenly arriving in swarms and vanishing abruptly before I manage to inspect them closely. Sometimes dreams teeming in my head resemble moths flying around a light bulb. They multiply as the night approaches and cannot be chased away. These records are born out of imagination and perishable ephemeral memory. They are not meant to be unambiguous; they should leave the door open for free interpretation and free reading to enable everyone to supplement them with their own story." © Joanna Borowiec
  • black and white landscape film photo of a road by Alexandre Caetano

    Third Prize Alexandre Caetano

    Third Prize Alexandre Caetano

    “On top of Serra da Capelada” - Galicia, Spain
    The Galician mountains, 600m above sea level, where the Cantabrian Sea faces the Atlantic Ocean. © Alexandre Caetano
  • black and white fine art studio portrait of a woman and flower Bella von Einsiedel

    Finalist Bella von Einsiedel

    Finalist Bella von Einsiedel

    “Yin”
    Part of my series YIN & YANG. Which shows the connection between human beings, nature and the balance of the universe. The bright side and the dark side of life, which belong together and therefore cannot be viewed separately. Would we appreciate the light without knowing the darkness? Where there is shadow there is also light, which is why I chose strong black and white contrasts. © Bella von Einsiedel
  • black and white landscape photo of men cycling in India by Dimpy Bhalotia

    Finalist Dimpy Bhalotia

    Finalist Dimpy Bhalotia

    “Untitled” - India
    © Dimpy Bhalotia
  • black and white photo of flower in water by Hilda Champion

    Finalist Hilda Champion

    Finalist Hilda Champion

    “Beginning”
    Thin rhizomes are leading out of the darkness of the water and anchor the first thin leaves. This is the humble beginning of a water nymph, a beautiful plant with showy flowers that delight every viewer. © Hilda Champion
  • black and white abstract fine art photo of a man in suit under water by Caitie Yevoli

    Finalist Caitie Yevoli

    Finalist Caitie Yevoli

    “The Black Suit”
    Description: "Man in the black suit, following what floats by
    Playing cancer's flute, letting the air get him high
    He plays songs of june, tapping naked feet
    In the waters blue tune, his heart keeps the beat
    He inhales with caution, puff puff goodbye
    The mind's sea he gets lost in, old memories wash dry
    With the rhythm he breathes and in silence dives down
    A wet heart on his sleeve, no gravity pulling his sound
    His crescendo breaks the surface, wading us along
    All blue tunes serve their purpose, all swimmers sing songs"
    © Caitie Yevoli
  • black and white photo of hands and hair by Emilio Daniel

    Finalist Emillio Daniel

    Finalist Emillio Daniel

    “That Which is Wanted”
    These hands that bind
    Such machiavellianism in kind
    Of a drained world beyond
    Where my word is my bond
    Would these hands lie to you?
    © Emillio Daniel
  • fine art black and white photo of woman and man in landscape by Alana Cartwright

    Finalist Alana Cartwright

    Finalist Alana Cartwright

    “The Chasms That Divided Us”
    This image is part of a larger body of work, exploring the evolution of harmony to chaos in a human relationship heavily impacted by the environment. This photo is representing estrangement. The figures are placed separated from each other in a dark, and desolate atmosphere. © Alana Cartwright
  • black and white abstract photo of shape in water by Esteban Amaro

    Finalist Esteban Amaro

    Finalist Esteban Amaro

    “Water Portals 023” - Chile
    Levitating in the waters of the Chilean coast, the photographer places these sculptures in the form of portals, that represent our origin in the heavens, and that operate as entrances to some unknown places outside this world, but which are connected with our same space and time through this anti-gravity geometry. Portals and teleportation have been a part of the history of man from ancient texts such as the Bible and the Mahabharata, in which beings of light and even humans appear and disappear from this world, and it is precisely in the water where some of these phenomena occur. © Esteban Amaro

Finalists

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  • black and white self portrait by Tatsuo Suzuki
    © Tatsuo Suzuki

    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.

Nicolò Taborra
© Nicolò Taborra
color portrait photo of a girl and a woman in India by Robi Chakraborty
© Robi Chakraborty

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Travel Deadline: 31 August 2022

Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY
When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it. Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary… We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually – Let’s travel together!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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