The Mono Awards 2020 presented by digiDirect - The Winners!
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 presented by digiDirect.
Now in its second year, The Mono Awards 2020 offered a prize pool of $12,000.
In the Animals category, photographer Bee Elle's image Turn to Dust, captured on the South African veld, was chosen as the overall winner.
Liz Barker's La Tour Eiffel was the winner of the Places Category, showing a rarely seen view of Paris' Eiffel Tower.
And in the People Category, Brence Coghill won with his wet plate collodion image simply titled 'Wendy'.
The competition was judged by a panel of eight professional photographers, selected for their expertise in the black and white format.
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.
On this page you can see the top five images in each category in the competition. The top 30 images in each category are published in the September issue of AP and the September/October issue of Capture which, as well as judges’ comments on the winning and runner-up images, has plenty of handy tips for strong black and white imagery.
You also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite images in our People's Choice vote, with the winner for each category taking home the People's choice crown, along with a $250 digiDirect voucher and $250 cash. Check out 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 AP.
And 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.