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.
1ST PRIZE: Mikhail Potapov
“The winner is this image that I kept coming back to time and again in the selection round. The dynamics of the image, the repetition, and the mystery, are all present. Why is that horse walking there? Are they high up in the mountains? A very beautiful image that would not look out of place in a beautiful frame on a white wall. “ — Bastiaan Woudt
2ND PRIZE: Aaron Farrelly
“In the second place, this image from the series “Human Form”. I like the form of the body, an original way to show human shapes. Photographed without discomfort and in its purest form. After this image, I am immediately interested in the rest of the series. “ — Bastiaan Woudt
3RD PRIZE: Giorgos Tantsis
“Giorgos Tantsis’ thoroughly arresting image is characterised by rich monochromatic contrasts and a deep perceptivity that recall the works of the great humanist photographers. Immaculately framed, and imbued with a palpable atmosphere, it displays a considerable skill and artistry, and serves as testament to the timeless potential of the monochrome format.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Bastiaan Woudt
Dutch artist Bastiaan Woudt is now known for his strong landscapes and black and white portraits, his eye-catching works being mostly centered around the female body. Through a sophisticated use of both camera and post-production techniques, Woudt gives his own graphic and wholly contemporary twist to the classical.
Woudt is represented by the Kahmann Gallery in Amsterdam and Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta. He has published several books and his work has been widely exhibited and featured in renowned magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, The British Journal of Photography, GUP, and Vogue.