Breathtaking Shots from the Monochrome Photography Awards

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Don’t dream in color, but still dream? Don’t have an $8,000 Leica Monochrom, but still dig black and white photography? Then amateurs and pros alike take heart: entries are now being accepted for 3rd annual International Black & White Photography Contest, aka the Monochrome Awards. Deadline: July 9.

In anticipation of this year’s results, here are some selections from last year’s competition, in all their color-free glory:


Portrait – 1st Place Winner, and 2016 Monochrome Discover of the Year

Pure by Mikhail Shestakov (Russian Federation)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: I was born in the small city of Arkhangelsk in northwest Russia. I lived there for 20 years and moved to study to Saint-Petersburg to the University of Culture and Arts. I started taking pictures when I was 13 years old. it happened somehow by itself. I shot for myself. Camera was always with me. I took pictures of my friends, the city, concerts. I do only studio portrait photography for the last several years. My series dedicated to the study of human Beauty in all its manifestations. I like to look for all kinds of people and to tell their stories. Two things that I’m trying to show about the Beauty – is naturalness and simplicity. That’s what I want from my pictures.

Portrait – Honorable Mention

Sumo Kids photographed by David Sharabani (Thailand)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Three young sumo trainees line up at a training camp in Akiruno-shi. To become a professional sumo wrestler it takes both luck and extreme dedication. They must naturally meet the size, weight and strength requirements, which very few can achieve despite diet and training.

People – Honorable Mention

Adoration photographed by Zenaidy Castro (Australia)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: The pictures capture the nomadic life of the Kazakh and their unique culture and the century-old tradition of riding with golden eagles to hunt for foxes and marmot.

Nature – 1st Place Winner

Volcano Etna Eruption by Giuseppe Mario Famiani (Italy)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Sicily, Volcano Etna, Eruption, ‘Voragine’ Crater, seen from Cesarò (MESSINA).

Landscapes – Honorable Mention

Meoto Iwa photographed by Ronny Behnert (Germany)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Meoto Iwa | Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan 2016. The most famous photo spot for photographers who are in long exposers is Meoto Iwa. These rocks, also called the Married Couple Rocks, are a couple of small rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie, Japan. They are joined by a shimenawa (a heavy rope of rice straw) and are considered sacred by worshippers at the neighboring Futami Okitama Shrine. According to Shinto, the rocks represent the union of the creator of kami, Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks, therefore, celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. The rope, which weighs over a ton, must be replaced several times a year in a special ceremony. The larger rock, said to be male, has a small torii at its peak.
The best time to see the rocks is at dawn during the summer, when the sun appears to rise between them. Mount Fuji is visible in the distance. At low tide, the rocks are not separated by water.

Photojournalism – 2nd Place Winner

Travel by Rony Barua (Bangladesh)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Travel on the coupling between two carriages. In Bangladesh, many people ride on the roofs of trains as frequently that is the only space available. For others, the fares are too high and can be avoided or reduced by traveling on the roof. However, the riding on roofs and other parts of train exteriors leads to regular accidents, many of them fatal.

Conceptual – Honorable Mention

Forest Punk photographed by Dieter Klein (Germany)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: For Forest Punk, Cologne-based photographer Dieter Klein tracks rust-speckled vintage automobiles into the depths of neglected junkyards and verdant woods, where they have sat, untouched, for decades. The project began when the photographer stumbled across a seventy-year-old Citroen set within gnarled branches and a cluster black elder flowers. Since that day in the west of France, visions of long-forgotten vehicles have lingered, compelling the photographer to hunt throughout the world for their skeletal remains. Klein has sought these relics of 20th century mobility everywhere from Belgium to the United States, and he has no intention of stopping. Klein’s fascination, he explains, comes not from any attachment to the cars themselves but a thirst for the mysterious ways in which nature envelopes and repurposes each specimen. Like dinosaur bones, they tell the tales of incidents and peoples unknown. With each passing year and the resultant decay, the narrative of each car becomes more elusive and enigmatical, slipping slowing into the realm of fairytale and mythology.

Wildlife – Honorable Mention

(Professional) Portrait of Madini by Graham McGeorge (United States)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: I am very fortunate to have access to areas that are unaccessible to the general public at my local zoo in Jacksonville, Florida. Madini, a 19 year old female, Western Lowland Gorilla was relaxing with her new born in the partial shade, trying to escape the Florida heat. Luckily I had my gear set up on the roof directly above her and was able to lean over and take several candid images of her. This one in particular was my favorite from my experience. Full frame image.

Conceptual – Honorable Mention

Jeanne photographed by Emmanuel Faure (United States)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Inspired by romantic medieval imagery a cross between the fallen knight and the sleeping beauty.

Photojournalism – Honorable Mention

Havana Crooners photographed by Annie Katz (United States)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: To make money in Cuba you have to be ingenious. This man has three dachshunds that he dresses up in various attire and they SING together! The dogs have watches, leather jackets, sunglasses, beads….anything you can think of…and they all sing in harmony into the microphone. Tourists love the act and because of his ingenuity, this man & his dogs are a hit on the streets of Havana!

Conceptual – 3rd Place Winner

Cleaning the Buddha photographed by Gunarto Gunawan (Indonesia)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: This photo was taken in one of the temples in Bagan City, Myanmar.

Landscapes – 1st Place Winner

Behind the Wall photographed by Grant Galbraith (Australia)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit Bombo Quarry in the middle of a huge swell. This image was taken from behind the basalt columns that bravely face the ocean and withstand the massive waves that spill over to create dramatic waterfalls on the rock face. Bombo Quarry is on the south coast of NSW, Australia.

Wildlife – Honorable Mention

The catch by Kim Abel (Norway)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: A white-tailed eagle catching a fish at Flatanger, Norway. Bright, overcast sky gave very nice conditions for high contrast images.

People – 1st Place Winner

Cuban school of classical ballet photographed by Fulvio Bugani (Italy)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Some young girls training for the classical ballet inside a dilapidated theater in Centro Havana. They start taking classes since they are 3 years old. They dream of becoming a “prima ballerina” and have the possibility to join the important National Ballet Company of Cuba, which has a strong tradition in the country. Havana, Cuba. November 2015

Landscapes – 3rd Place Winner

Structures photographed by Alexandre Manuel

A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards


People – Honorable Mention

Little Actor photographed by Zong Zhang (China)

A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards


Photojournalism – 3rd Place Winner

Search and Rescue: A Hand Coming Out Of The Sky photographed by Alessandro Barteletti (Italy)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: Air rescuers of the 15th Wing, a special and exclusive Italian Air Force unit: just a little over 200 have been trained in the last 50 years. The department is operative 24/7, with intervention times ranging between 30 and 120 minutes. “We intervene by helicopter,” they say. “Once we arrive, we locate the victims, we descend, we rescue and secure them and then we bring them up. We expect no thank-you; it’s our job, but we often read their gratitude in a gaze or a gesture. And this really makes us proud.” Climbers and frogmen keep going when others stop.

1st Place Winner – Monochrome Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

Go for Fight photographed by Panos Laskarakis  (Greece)
A selection from the 2016 Monochrome Photography Awards
From the Artist: In the chaos of the great migration at the end of August , in the heart of Masai Mara national park of Kenya, the Zebra shows the way of the success.

 




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