Monochrome_Photographer_of_the_Year_2015_Professional-Barossa_Bolt_by_Luke_Tscharke

Monochrome_Photographer_of_the_Year_2015_Professional-Barossa_Bolt_by_Luke_Tscharke

The 2015 Monochrome Awards winners were recently announced, and while everyone is still fixated on how Nikon selected a poorly Photoshopped image, these will instead really inspire you–if you’re into black and white photography that is!

Check them out after the jump.

PS: If you’re really into black and white photography, you should send a pitch for La Noir Image.

Grand Prize

Grand Prize Winner for Amateur: Koeln-Moschee

Grand Prize Winner for Amateur: Koeln-Moschee

Professional

Wildlife_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Jackson_Albuquerque

Wildlife 3rd Place Winner Professional: Jackson Albuquerque

Wildlife_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Mohammad_Murad

Wildlife 2nd Place Winner Professional: Mohammad Murad

1. The shot was taken on Nov 13, 2014. 2. Yes, the original file is RAW.  3. This image was taken in a channel between La Paz Bay and Espiritu Santo Island, Baja California Sur, México. 4. The photographer is Christian Vizl 5. A brief description of the situation: Usually the Sea Lions of this area are found on a tiny island called La Lobera, about 1.5 hours by boat from La Paz. But this group was just outside the Bay in an area where there there a lot of fishes. Probably they go here to hunt. When I encounter them, most where resting at the surface, but one couple in particular where playing among themselves, having a great time and being very tender to each other.                     The image was taken using only natural light with a single exposure. The postrocesing was done in Lightroom, with minimal cropping, rotated 180 degrees, converted into Black and White, applied basic adjustments and a post-crop vignetting.

1. The shot was taken on Nov 13, 2014.
2. Yes, the original file is RAW.
3. This image was taken in a channel between La Paz Bay and Espiritu Santo Island, Baja California Sur, México.
4. The photographer is Christian Vizl
5. A brief description of the situation: Usually the Sea Lions of this area are found on a tiny island called La Lobera, about 1.5 hours by boat from La Paz. But this group was just outside the Bay in an area where there there a lot of fishes. Probably they go here to hunt. When I encounter them, most where resting at the surface, but one couple in particular where playing among themselves, having a great time and being very tender to each other. The image was taken using only natural light with a single exposure. The postrocesing was done in Lightroom, with minimal cropping, rotated 180 degrees, converted into Black and White, applied basic adjustments and a post-crop vignetting.

Portrait_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Susanne_Middelberg

Portrait 3rd Place Winner Professional: Susanne_Middelberg

Portrait_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Olivier_Douliery

Portrait 2nd Place Winner Professional: Olivier Douliery

www.sandrobaebler.com / www.facebook.com/sandrobaeblerphotographer / www.instagram.com/sandrobaebler

www.sandrobaebler.com /
www.facebook.com/sandrobaeblerphotographer /
www.instagram.com/sandrobaebler

Photomanipulation 3rd Place Winner Professional: Gerard Frances

Photomanipulation 3rd Place Winner Professional: Gerard Frances

New-York-architectural-photography

New-York-architectural-photography

Photomanipulation_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Refat_Mamutov

Photomanipulation 1st Place Winner Professional: Refat Mamutov

Eiffel Tower turns out its lights as mark of respect to victims.

Eiffel Tower turns out its lights as mark of respect to victims.

Lesbos, Greece. A boat with more than 150 persons on board is just arrived from Turkey. Often these boats can make two or three trip a day. © Gianluca Panella

Lesbos, Greece. A boat with more than 150 persons on board is just arrived from Turkey. Often these boats can make two or three trip a day. © Gianluca Panella

Photojournalism_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Larry_Louie

Photojournalism 1st Place Winner Professional: Larry Louie

People_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Neeraj_Narayan

People 3rd Place Winner Professional: Neeraj Narayan

www.sandrobaebler.com / www.facebook.com/sandrobaeblerphotographer / www.instagram.com/sandrobaebler

www.sandrobaebler.com /
www.facebook.com/sandrobaeblerphotographer /
www.instagram.com/sandrobaebler

People_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Andrew_JK_Tan

People 1st Place Winner Professional Andrew JK Tan

Nude_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Iceland_Study_56

Nude_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Iceland_Study_56

Nude_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Cal_Mero

Nude 2nd Place Winner Professional: Cal Mero

Nude_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Martin_Krystynek

Nude 1st Place Winner Professional: Martin Krystynek

Nature_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Annie_Katz

Nature 3rd Place Winner Professional Annie Katz

Nature_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Alexandre_Manuel

Nature 2nd Place Winner Professional Alexandre Manuel

Nature_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Nigel_Maudsley

Nature 1st Place Winner Professional Nigel Maudsley

Landscapes_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Patricia_Dinu

Landscapes 3rd Place Winner Professional Patricia Dinu

Landscapes_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Damien_Looney

Landscapes 2nd Place Winner Professional: Damien Looney

Landscapes_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Luke_Tscharke

Landscapes 1st Place Winner Professional Luke Tscharke

Fine_Art_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Luana_Sambugaro

Fine Art 3rd Place Winner Professional Luana Sambugaro

floral x ray photography

floral x ray photography

Fine_Art_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Flemming_Norager

Fine Art 1st Place Winner Professional Flemming Norager

Fasion_and_Beauty_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Lukasz_Malczewski

Fasion and Beauty 3rd Place Winner Professional Lukasz Malczewski

Fasion_and_Beauty_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Irma_Lamidze

Fasion_and_Beauty_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Irma_Lamidze

Fasion_and_Beauty_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Miqo_Cash

Fasion_and_Beauty_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Miqo_Cash

Conceptual_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Antonella_Arismendi

Conceptual_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Antonella_Arismendi

Conceptual_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Pierluigi_De_Rubertis

Conceptual_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Pierluigi_De_Rubertis

Conceptual_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Marinka_Masseus

Conceptual_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Marinka_Masseus

Architecture_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Tony_DeSantis

Architecture_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Tony_DeSantis

Architecture_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Frank_Machalowski

Architecture_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Frank_Machalowski

Architecture_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Yoshihiko_Wada

Architecture_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Yoshihiko_Wada

Abstract_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Robert_Maynard

Abstract_3rd_Place_Winner_Professional_Robert_Maynard

Abstract_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Scott_Hoyle

Abstract_2nd_Place_Winner_Professional_Scott_Hoyle

Abstract_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Sarah_Martinet

Abstract_1st_Place_Winner_Professional_Sarah_Martinet

Amateur

Wildlife_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Dalida_and_Andrew_Innes

Wildlife_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Dalida_and_Andrew_Innes

Shake it Off

Shake it Off

Wildlife_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Graham_McGeorge

Wildlife_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Graham_McGeorge

Portrait_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Krystian_Gacek

Portrait_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Krystian_Gacek

Portrait_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Ima_Mfon

Portrait_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Ima_Mfon

Portrait_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Pedro_Renata_Mlynarczyk

Portrait_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Pedro_Renata_Mlynarczyk

Photomanipulation_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Andre_Woodard

Photomanipulation_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Andre_Woodard

Photomanipulation_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Arkadiusz_Kikulski

Photomanipulation_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Arkadiusz_Kikulski

Photomanipulation_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Pedro_Diaz_Molins

Photomanipulation_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Pedro_Diaz_Molins

Photojournalism_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Guido_Guglielmelli

Photojournalism_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Guido_Guglielmelli

Photojournalism_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Jan_Moller_Hansen

Photojournalism_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Jan_Moller_Hansen

Photojournalism_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Antonio_Gonzalez_Caro

Photojournalism_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Antonio_Gonzalez_Caro

People_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Luis_Maria_Barrio

People_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Luis_Maria_Barrio

People_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Mikhail_Shestakov

People_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Mikhail_Shestakov

People_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_May_Sim

People_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_May_Sim

Nude_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Kalin_Kostov

Nude_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Kalin_Kostov

Nude_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Iwona_Aleksandrowicz

Nude_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Iwona_Aleksandrowicz

Nude_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Ingo_Kremmel

Nude_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Ingo_Kremmel

Nature_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_James_Anderson

Nature_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_James_Anderson

Nature_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Michael_Salmela

Nature_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Michael_Salmela

Nature_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Jan_Kucmierz

Nature_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Jan_Kucmierz

Landscapes_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Mohammad_Rahman

Landscapes_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Mohammad_Rahman

Landscapes_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Peter_Humphrey

Landscapes_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Peter_Humphrey

Landscapes_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Michael_Salmela

Landscapes_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Michael_Salmela

Лебедь на Колосе

Лебедь на Колосе

Mono Awards 2015 entery

Mono Awards 2015 entry

Fine_Art_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Adeline_Spengler

Fine_Art_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Adeline_Spengler

Fashion_and_Beauty_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Tasos_Anestis

Fashion_and_Beauty_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Tasos_Anestis

Fashion_and_Beauty_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Tasos_Anestis

Fashion_and_Beauty_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Tasos_Anestis

Fashion_and_Beauty_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Pascal_Hubrich

Fashion_and_Beauty_1st_Place_Winner_Amateur_Pascal_Hubrich

Conceptual_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Milad_Safabakhsh

Conceptual_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Milad_Safabakhsh

Conceptual_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Ivana_Miletic

Conceptual_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Ivana_Miletic

Cover Artwork for germany gothic-popband Letzte Instanz

Cover Artwork for germany gothic-popband Letzte Instanz

Architecture_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Jeremy_Barrett

Architecture_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Jeremy_Barrett

Architecture_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Michael_Köster

Architecture_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Michael_Köster

Koeln-Moschee

Koeln-Moschee

Abstract_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Massimiliano_Balo

Abstract_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Massimiliano_Balo

Abstract_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Mihai_Florea

Abstract_2nd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Mihai_Florea

Solitudes_Tanzende Steine

Solitudes_Tanzende Steine

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  • Bewar3them00n
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    Some great stuff, and it’s encouraged me to maybe start entering a few competitions!

  • ritmatt
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    Lots of wonderful and inspiring photos here. Thank you for the post – I enjoyed it very much!

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    Very nice work guys and gals! This one should have been called ‘Camera Fondlers Nightmare.’

    Photomanipulation_3rd_Place_Winner_Amateur_Andre_Woodard

  • Spencer Bentley
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    These simultaneously inspire and completely demoralize me, lol.

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