Regardless of genre, 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: Mindaugas Gabrenas
“I selected “If Dark Falls Apart” for the First Place Award for its dynamic emotional pull. The “double negative exposure” is evocative in its juxtaposition of subject matter. The falling birds are from a bad dream and seem as flowers flung by an element from their now bare stems. By comparison, the portrait is pensive and withdrawn to the inner life. I enjoyed spending time with this image.” — Monica Denevan
2ND PRIZE: Kuba Świetlik
“The expressive “Grego” is my Second Place Award selection. A gorgeous portrait, with lovely tonality, and strong lines, it has a sculptural quality. I hear music that resonates and imagine a moment between the energy of movement. There are opposites at work, poised, self-aware, yet ready for flight. Stunning.” — Monica Denevan
3RD PRIZE: Jc Calingo
“JC Calingo’s portrayal of a New York City street scene during a winter storm is imbued with cinematic intensity. The solitary figure, starkly silhouetted against the snow-covered streets on which he strides purposefully, creates a striking contrast. Meanwhile, in the background, the neon lights and street lamps, filtered through the heavy blizzard and rendered in a monochrome palette, form an ethereal glow that accentuates the dramatic ambiance. It is a captivating composition – reminiscent of film-noir – which effortlessly immerses viewers in its atmospheric setting and highlights the enduring power of black & white photography.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Monica Denevan
Monica Denevan is an American Fine Art photographer based in San Francisco, renowned for her stunning black-and-white depictions of Myanmar and other parts of East Asia.
Her focus on documenting people in remote, untouched locations sheds light on traditional cultures. She photographs almost exclusively with a medium-format, Bronica film camera, which adds a distinctive quality to her work.
Denevan’s images have received widespread publication and international acclaim through exhibitions worldwide. Through her lens, she immortalizes captivating moments in time, that convey distinct narratives of cultures often overlooked in our rapidly evolving world.
Open to All Photography
Be part of a vibrant community: The competition award is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and provides a platform to celebrate the very best of contemporary photography.
Win $2000 Cash Awards & International Exposure
In February, all approaches are valid: portrait, street, documentary, landscape… Enter now and show us YOUR stories!
- Win $2000 in Cash
- International Exhibition
- Shared on +715K IG network
- Free Portfolio Account
Deadline: 29 February 2024