The Mono Awards 2020 - winners revealed!
A powerful image of a wild elephant, a striking image of one of the most photographed buildings on Earth, and an image captured using a centuries-old photographic technique have been selected as our winners in The Mono Awards 2020.
Now in its second year, The Mono Awards 2020 featured a prize pool of $12,000, thanks to sponsors digiDirect, Momento and Momento Pro, in our hunt for the best black-and-white imagery across Australia and New Zealand.
In the Animals category, photographer Bee Elle's image Turn to Dust, captured on the South African veld, was the overall winner.
Liz Barker's La Tour Eiffel won the Places category, showing a rarely seen view of Paris' Eiffel Tower.
And in the People category, Brence Coghill took put top honours with his wet plate collodion portrait, Wendy.
The competition was judged by a panel of eight professional photographers, selected for their expertise in the black-and-white photography.
For judge Anthony McKee, the work submitted in the competition mixed strong examples of conventional imagery, including the use of some more traditional image-making processes, through to newer ideas, all in ways that were exciting to see.
“Many entrants were capable of seeing ideas beyond what most other people might notice, and that makes the judging process so refreshing in an age when everyone thinks they are a photographer,” he said.
We’re thrilled to present the top five images in each of the categories in the competition. But, to see the Top 30 images in each category, grab a copy of the August/September/October issue of Capture (on the Zinio platform or at your favourite newsagent) or the September issue of Australian Photography, which also features judges’ comments on the winning and runner-up images, along with plenty of handy tips on how to capture and produce stunning black-and-white images.
Later this month, you will also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite images in our People's Choice vote, with the winner of each category taking home the People's Choice crown, along with a $250 digiDirect voucher and $250 cash. Keep an eye on the Capture Facebook page to get involved.
A huge thank you to our major sponsor, digiDirect, and supporting sponsors, Momento and Momento Pro. Without them we simply couldn’t run The Mono Awards. Their support of Australasian photographers is hugely appreciated by all of us here at Capture. Also, a big thanks to our judging panel: Anthony McKee, Lesley Downie, Natalie Grono, Douwe Dijkstra, Matt Palmer, Jackie Ranken, Alex Cearns, and John Crawford.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who entered The Mono Awards 2020. We have been blown away by the depth and quality of black-and-white photography entered this year, and take great pride in giving this timeless artform the recognition it deserves.
To learn more, head to themonoawards.com.au.
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