Monochrome Photography Awards Announces 2017 Contest Winners

All photos courtesy of Monochrome Photography Awards

Attention, black and white photography fans! London-based Monochrome Photography Awards has just announced the winners of their international black and white competition for 2017. If you’ve been following this contest or would like to get some visual inspiration in monochrome, take a look at some of the photos that made the cut.

For the previous year’s competition, Canadian photographer Ian Pettigrew was announced as the overall winner of the Professional category. He was also awarded the title Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2017 and $2,000 prize money. His winning photo, titled “Bailey,” is part of an ongoing series that documents what it’s like to live with Cystic Fibrosis.

Ian Pettigrew: Bailey – Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2017

Meanwhile, Indonesian photographer Gunarto Gunawan was chosen as the overall winner of the Amateur category. He bagged the Monochrome Discovery of the Year 2017 title and $1,000 cash prize. His winning photo titled “Light from Heaven” shows the surreal beauty of light shining in Grubug Cave in Central Java, Indonesia.

Gunarto Gunawan: Light from Heaven – Monochrome Discovery of the Year 2017

Apart from the Grand Prix winners, Monochrome Awards 2017 also boasts of an equally impressive selection of winners for several sub-categories, such as Abstract, Architecture, Conceptual, Fine Art, Landscapes, Nude, Portraits, and Photojournalism. The winning images were selected from a staggering 8,942 submissions from 87 countries across the globe. The 2017 competition’s international panel of judges included Pia Elizondo, Michel Rajkovic, Ben Nixon, Norma I. Quintana, Martin Stavars, Allison Barnes, Katarina Balgavy, Claire A. Warden, David Johndrow and Stefano Brunesci.

Marina Yushina: Inner Light – 1st Place in Abstract, Professional


Farzad Ariannejad: White Veils – 1st Place in Conceptual, Professional


Michal Baran: Wavy – 1st Place in Fashion / Beauty, Professional


Pedro Jarque: The Sect – 1st Place in Wildlife, Professional


Ho Yuen Lai: Hong Kong old buildings – 1st Place in Architecture, Amateur


Mikhail Shestakov: Albino – The Streets – 1st Place in People, Amateur


Iwona Aleksandrowicz: Earth – 1st Place in Nude, Amateur


Marcel Zizkat: Lake Hintersee Tree Island Study II – 1st Place in Landscapes, Amateur


Monochrome Photography Awards holds its annual competition for Professional and Amateur photographers to celebrate monochrome visions and give recognition to the most amazing photographers from around the world.

Visit their website to find out more about the competition, check out the complete winners gallery, and maybe even submit an entry for the next competition!