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.
Over £10,000 of prizes, courtesy of Sigma and Amateur Photographer magazine, plus individual category winners’ prizes
The panel's winner will take home a SIGMA dp3 Quattro + SIGMA 1.2x FT-1201 Conversion Lens (£1049.98).
The crowd vote winner of each round wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine and a year-long Master subscription to Photocrowd.
The Overall Winner of APOY 2018, decided after all 8 rounds have finished, wins the title ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018’, and Sigma kit worth more than £2,000, (SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA USB Dock (£2,039.97)
All contest winners (expert and crowd), plus selections from the expert category in each contest, will be featured in an issue of AP.
If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be charged.
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.
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To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until rating begins.
Amateur Photographer magazine invites amateur photographers from around the world to enter its annual competition and the chance to win the title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018’.