Black & white competition winners - why they won
No question, this was the hardest competition that Gladys and I have judged so far. That was down to two reasons; the number and the quality of entries. We spent most of the day agonising over which images should make it through to the shortlist, then whittling down the shortlist, then - the hardest bit - picking the three winners. Congratulations too all those involved and if you weren't one of the top three, perhaps the following will go some way to explaining why the winners won...
1st place: All our winning pictures showed great use of black & white as a medium. Indeed, the use of black & white actually enhanced the impact of the shot – had any of our top three been in colour, we didn’t think they would have been as strong.
That counts double for this winning image which contains all the hallmarks of a great black & white shot – mood and texture, primarily, but the actual idea is also strong in the first place and the execution (no pun intended, given the title) is perfect. Good framing, perfect exposure, great shot.
2nd place: Super shot and another image that suits black & white perfectly. Or should that be purr-fectly… The high contrast approach is really bold and the diagonal lines from the corners of the image provide a natural frame for the subject. Crucially with any shadow or silhouette shot, though, is the fact that the subject is instantly recognisable and I think that’s because the positioning of the tail which, coupled with the ears, instantly says ‘cat’.
3rd place: Black and white landscapes are notoriously tough to do well, but this shot ticks all the boxes. For starters, there plenty of texture from the sand to the grass to the moody sky, plus the lighthouse adds a good focal point. Most importantly, though, there’s a good deal of contrast. Rather than just a selection of greys, there’s a full range of tones in this shot, which makes all the difference.
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