Black and White Photography Challenge: Nicole Melancon

…I have reworked some of my favorite photos as a message of inspiration and hope that somehow I can make a difference, even if small, to making this world a better place for all. Let nature always inspire me to look at the world with an open mind and heart.

Nicole Melancon’s entry inspired us in more ways than one and it’s no wonder it’s been chosen as the 1st Place Award Winner! This beautiful shot in particular shows a masterful use of black & white, a perfect choice to capture the vast and certainly inspiring mountainous landscape. While we often see black and white used to cover up mistakes in exposure that photographers have made, this shot gets it all right!

Have a look at her winning entry here!


Black and White Photography Challenge: Barbara Beacham

When I take photos, black and white is always a whisper in my head…and here are my whisperings!

Barbara Beacham has captured the Audience Choice Award with this striking black and white portrait of a wolf in the wild in the amazing Yellowstone National Park — one of the few places in the US where wolves can be seen in the wild, roaming their natural habitat.

Have a look at her winning entry here!

 



It’s never easy for us to pick the honorable mention winners, but as always we’ve done our best!

Black and White Photography Challenge: Anton

Anton joins us from Copenhagen, Denmark with this amazing shot of the sun shining through the twisted arms of tree — an amazing subject for black and white photography if ever there was one!

Have a look at his winning entry here!


 

Black and White Photography Challenge: Kittu

Kittu shows us that black and white not only works for vast landscapes, but also for small, peaceful scenes like this shot of a flower bud that’s fallen on the cracked mud, creating a fascinating texture that only nature can replicate!

Have a look at their winning entry here!


Black and White Photography Challenge: Jess Smith

We live surrounded in colour, admiring it’s beauty in the different seasons.  Yet here we strip the colour away and it allows us to see subtle detail we otherwise might miss.  The depths of detail in creation are just amazing.

Jess Smith takes us to Dunedin, New Zealand with this stunning photo of Otago Harbour. Black and white gives the scene a very majestic presence that color just can’t always quite capture!

Have a look at her winning entry here!


Black and White Photography Challenge: Linda McDonnell

Parks are beautiful places to relax in the spring and summer, sitting on a bench and watching the world drift by. Linda McDonnell’s photo shows that winter has its own beauty though, and while this bench might not be a place you’d want to sit for too long it looks incredibly beautiful silhouetted against the fresh white snow, still falling from the sky!

Have a look at her winning entry here!


Black and White Photography Challenge: Heather

I love the silhouette of Queen Anne’s Lace here, but undoubtedly, my favorite part of this photo is the tiny petals peeking in on the far left edge.

While most photographers stick with color for photographing flowers, sometimes black and white can be the better choice, capturing and highlighting fine details. Heather’s beautiful black and white photo of a Queen Anne’s Lace illustrates this perfectly!

Have a look at her winning entry here!


Thanks to everyone who joined in the Black and White Photo Challenge! We hope to see you all in this week’s challenge – Spring! The more the merrier, so encourage your friends to join in too.

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