Black & White Award January 2023


  • black and white studio portrait of a woiman with breast cancer by Martina Holmberg

    Winning Photographer Martina Holmberg

    Winning Photographer Martina Holmberg

    “Emma” - From " Outside the inside" series
    In this project, I examine the exterior of the body, its shell; defects, wrinkles, aging, and changes as symbols of life, that we have lived. The project also involves people who have suffered from diseases that have changed their bodies both on the inside and the outside. Emma lost her twin sister to cancer a few years ago. Now, Emma, herself lives with a chronic brain tumor and breast cancer. © Martina Holmberg
  • black and white photo of Dubai and oryx by Florian Kriechbaumer

    Second Prize Florian Kriechbaumer

    Second Prize Florian Kriechbaumer

    “The Confrontation” - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    A journey of patience led me to this image, as it took many scouting trips to identify this spot, and even more visits to the location to finally find clear skies adorned by clouds, while a pair of oryx were engaging in their territorial rivalry. The resulting photograph is meant to represent both the confrontation of the animals, but also the contrast of the harsh urban shapes of Dubai, with the natural soft outlines of the dunes of the UAE desert. © Florian Kriechbaumer
  • black and white portrait of a Canada goose by Melissa Cormican

    Third Prize Melissa Cormican

    Third Prize Melissa Cormican

    “Canada Goose” - Brevard, North Carolina, USA
    The Canada goose is a large wild goose with a black head and neck, white cheeks, white under its chin, and a brown body. It is native to the arctic and temperate regions of North America, and it is occasionally found during migration across the Atlantic in northern Europe. © Melissa Cormican
  • black and white street photo of woman in bus by Ahmad Badr

    Finalist Ahmad Badr

    Finalist Ahmad Badr

    “Rain drops” - Southwark, London UK
    © Ahmad Badr
  • black and white landscape photo of mountains and Lake Carezza, Italy by Charlotte Ladefoged

    Finalist Charlotte Ladefoged

    Finalist Charlotte Ladefoged

    “Balanced” - Lago di Carezza - Italy
    Lake Carezza is a small alpine lake in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. It is known for its wonderful colors and its view of the Latemar mountain range. © Charlotte Ladefoged
  • black and white portrait of a kazakh eagle hunter in western mongolia by Alessandra Manzotti

    Finalist Alessandra Manzotti

    Finalist Alessandra Manzotti

    “Unbreakable bond” - Western Mongolia
    A kazakh eagle hunter of Western Mongolia poses with his beloved eagle during a winter Migration through the Altai Mountains. © Alessandra Manzotti
  • black and white portrait of a south korean eldely woman diver by Alain Schroeder

    Finalist Alain Schroeder

    Finalist Alain Schroeder

    “Wonja Kang, 83 years old' - From series: "Haenyeo - The Grandma Divers”
    Jeju island, known for its characteristic basalt volcanic rock, sits off South Korea. It is the home of the renowned Haenyeo or women of the sea who free dive off the black shores of Jeju harvesting delicacies from the sea. Wearing thin rubber suits and old-fashioned goggles, this aging group of women are celebrated as a national treasure and inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, but the tradition is slowly fading as fewer women choose this extremely hazardous profession. Today, the majority of Haenyeo are over the age of 50 and many are well over 70. In a society obsessed with education, the future of this physically arduous activity would appear bleak, and yet… Efforts by the government and local communities to preserve and promote this ecological and sustainable lifestyle have brought renewed interest from young people disillusioned with urban life and eager to return to their roots. It is perhaps a renaissance. © Alain Schroeder
  • black and white photo of a flying great Egret captured in Florida, USA by Fenqiang Liu

    Finalist Fenqiang Liu

    Finalist Fenqiang Liu

    “Paradise” - Winter Park, Florida, USA
    After countless trips to Kraft Azalea Garden in Central Florida, I captured this beautiful moment in late February of 2022. During the post-process of converting the color picture to a black-and-white image, I darken the originally blue sky in Lightroom. After transferring the file to Photoshop, I also made specific areas of the image darker by using a digital airbrush before adding lights to the background to create a mysterious and dreamy world that could exist only in imagination. © Fenqiang Liu
  • black and white photo of children in Zanzibar school by Roberta Vagliani

    Finalist Roberta Vagliani

    Finalist Roberta Vagliani

    “The right to know” - Zanzibar
    Nelson Mandela said, «Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world». This image was taken in a school in Zanzibar, where there are no desks, chairs, or school supplies. All these little girls own is a notebook and their own memory. Knowledge is passed on to them by a single master. In every person, there is the possibility to transform the world. © Roberta Vagliani
  • blacvk and white photo of Kambala annual buffalo race in India by Arun R Hegden

    Finalist Arun R Hegden

    Finalist Arun R Hegden

    “Kambala Buffalo Race” - Karnataka State, Southwest India
    Kambala is an annual buffalo race held in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. Traditionally, it is sponsored by local Tuluva landlords and households in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi of Karnataka, and Kasaragod of Kerala, a region collectively known as Tulu Nadu. The Kambala racetrack is a slushy paddy field, and the buffaloes are driven by a whip-lashing farmer. © Arun R Hegden

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  • Black and white portrait of elephant by Nick Brandt
    © Nick Brandt

    Judge: Nick Brandt

    Nick Brandt is a British photographer who focuses his work on humanity’s destruction of the natural world. He spent nearly two decades photographing African wildlife and former wild areas decimated by human development. His fascination with the changing natural world is evident in series like Inherit the Dust (2016), where Brandt placed previously unreleased life-size animal portraits among sites of urban development, new factories, wasteland, and quarries, and This Empty World (2019), a series that addresses the destruction of the natural world and shows its impact on animals.

    Often photographing animals in black-and-white or sepia tones, Brandt portrays his subjects as sentient creatures not so different from humans. Experiences photographing African elephants and learning about their poaching prompted Brandt to co-found the Big Life Foundation, which protects the animals and ecosystem of a large swath of Kenya and Tanzania.

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© Kevin Benckendorf

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