Monochrome Photography Awards 2023

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Monochrome Photography Awards 2017Categories: Architecture, Abstract, Conceptual, Beauty/ Fashion, Fine Art, Landscapes, Nude, Nature, People, Photomanipulation, Photojournalism, Portrait, Wildlife.


  • Monochrome Photographer of the Year: $2000 cash
  • Monochrome Discovery of the Year: $1000 cash
  • The work of the first, second and third place winners (together with further entries that the judges feel are worthy of commendation) from both the professional and amateur categories will be published in the Monochrome Photography Awards annual book. All names of the Honorable Mention winners will also be included in the book.

Image requirements: maximum 900 pixels on the longest side; sRGB or Adobe98 colour space, 8-bit, saved as a JPEG at a setting of 10 (100%) or higher, no watermarks / copyright units / logos on images / borders

Online submission of digital photographs via the website. There is no limit in the number of entries. Only black and white photographs will be accepted to the contest. Toned images (like sepia, selenium, etc.) will be also accepted. Winning Entrants must be able to provide a high resolution digital file (minimum 2000px wide@300dpi).

BEWARE OF SCAM POSSIBILITY. Please check this competition before entering it! See


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Black & white. Is it a fine art medium that offers endless scope for creative self-expression, or irrelevant and old-fashioned? For many years, the latter view tended to apply, especially once colour film became affordable back in the 1970s. Why take photographs in black & white when colour is more realistic? The critics had a point, but fans of the black & white image were quick to point out that it’s the very fact they’re not realistic that gives them their appeal. As wonderful as colour photography is, it can also be too familiar. It shows us what things look like and leaves us feeling reassured and comfortable. But in art, reality isn’t always the best solution because it doesn’t encourage us to look beyond familiarity and appreciate an image for any reason other than what it depicts. As soon as you remove colour from an image, however, everything changes because it no longer represents reality. Black & white images are simpler, more dramatic, more evocative and more atmospheric than colour. Our emotional response to a colour landscape image is often rendered superficial by familiarity, but comes from a much deeper place when we take that colour away. Light, shade, texture and shape take centre stage and what’s actually in the scene becomes almost irrelevant – it’s the impact and effect the image has on you that counts.