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Alan Millin

Mad About Mono

Part of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019

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Brief

NEW RULE: The same image, and altered versions of the same image file, can only be entered into one APOY round. Find out more.

Photographers working in black & white often say that colour is a distraction. When we remove colour from the equation, the rules of composition, framing and lighting shift their parameters and require the photographer (and viewer) to see the world in a different way. With everything pared back we tend to focus on the graphic elements of a scene in the form of angles, shapes, lines and textures. Light is another key factor here. When black & white and atmospheric lighting combine, the result can be very powerful. To hone your black & white skills it can help to look at the work of monochrome masters such as André Kertész, Bill Brandt, Michael Kenna and Sebastião Salgado. Toning is completely acceptable in this round.

£1,000 of SIGMA prizes, plus subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine to be won.

Prize details

Expert panel's winner: SIGMA will give the panel's winner £1,000-worth of prizes of the their choice.

Crowd winner: The community vote winner wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine, and a year-long master subscription to Photocrowd.

The overall winner of APOY 2019 will receive £2,000-worth of prizes of their choice from SIGMA.

  • prize values based on Sigma’s own RRP (as opposed to any dealer prices that might be discounted).
How it works

Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. In this contest, the entries are hidden until the rating period begins.

Some contests on Photocrowd also have a judge. After the submission period closes the judge chooses their favourite images and writes some image reviews. The crowd and judge results will be announced on the same day.

Entries close
18 April 2019

Rating
18 April 2019 to 3 May 2019

Winners announced
3 May 2019

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