Winners
& Finalists
Announcing the Winners!
We’re delighted to announce the 38 winners, jurors’ picks and finalists of the LensCulture Black & White Awards 2022. Each of these photographers and artists has given us remarkable work to appreciate — images, stories and ideas that resonate particularly well because they are rendered in black and white.
Black and white photography continues to seduce us, as viewers and makers, despite the ease these days to capture life in full vibrant color. Each of these award-winning photographers has made the deliberate choice to to create monochrome work: to limit their color palettes, to accentuate light and shadows, to show their worlds in shades of contrast and abstraction.
These photographers come from 18 countries on 5 continents. In addition to the variety of cultures represented here, there is also quite a range of creative approaches and topics among this year’s winners and finalists. This year the jury rewarded everything from large-format analog landscapes, to old-school studio portraits, smart-phone captures, and even two artistic collaborations with Artificial Intelligence.
In addition to cash prizes, the top winners will be shown in a group exhibition at Photo London in May 2023, and all of these photographers will be featured at screenings and projections at photo festivals around the world in the coming year.
We hope you will take the time to find inspiration from each of them.
Series Winners
1st Place Series
United Kingdom
Jacob Black
I Can't Wipe Sunrise Down My Jumper to Get Rid of Fingerprints
2nd Place Series
Canada
Nicolas St-Pierre
Where Have the Birds Gone?
3rd Place Series
United States
Wendy Stone
Siblings
“The level of work submitted to the Black & White Photography Awards 2022 was exceptional and it was wonderful to see entries from all over the world. It made the judging process a real joy to see so many incredible black and white images and it was difficult to decide on the overall winners!”
— Rachel Barker, Juror
Single Image Winners
1st Place Single
Chile
Cote Baeza Pooley
Fury
2nd Place Single
Japan
Haruka Nishizaki
No Visible Exit
3rd Place Single
Spain
Jaume Llorens
Starlings Take Flight

Jurors’
picks
Each of our jury members selected one photographer to be awarded special distinction. Here are the jurors’ special selections, with a brief quote from each expert explaining what they especially appreciate about these photographers and their work.
Yudai Ninomiya
Japan
Selected by Anne Nwakalor
Founding Editor No! Wahala Magazine
Anne Nwakalor
Founding Editor No! Wahala Magazine
UK/Nigeria

I was drawn to Yudai Ninomiya's series because of its profound way of coming across as a folklore and fairytale at the same time. The recurring images of trees with a mix of blurred faces and blurred people, remind me of a sinister tale and alludes to the popular quote, “not everything is what it seems.”

Sam Geballe
United States
Selected by Tom Gitterman
Founder Gitterman Gallery
Tom Gitterman
Founder Gitterman Gallery
United States

Sam Geballe was my first choice as a winner for the series submission and thus my selection as Jurors’ Pick. Their presentation was distinctive, revealing and empowering. My heart ached in response and I have gained greater understanding and compassion. I hope others can experience Sam’s work and more people can be inspired.

PATRICE QUILLARD
France
Selected by Sadie Quarrier
Deputy Director of Photography National Geographic
Sadie Quarrier
Deputy Director of Photography National Geographic
United States

There were so many great single images submitted this year. This powerful gelada baboon image by Patrice Quillard was one that stuck with me. I love looking at the facial details, especially the deep grooves along the muzzle. What really captivates me is the windswept hair and the intense look, staring at something off to the side. The image is strong and captivating, yet simple. I feel a connection.

Fergus Riley
Selected by Naoko Higashi
Editor IMA Magazine
Naoko Higashi
Editor IMA Magazine
Japan

Juror statement will be posted soon.

Ciro Battiloro
Italy
Selected by Rachel Barker
Co-Founder and Director STANLEY/BARKER
Rachel Barker
Co-Founder and Director STANLEY/BARKER
UK

Ciro Battiloro's series “Sanità” takes me right to Rione Sanità, one of Europe's most densely populated places. The images give the viewer an immediate sense of the closeness, the claustrophobia, and the inhabitants' daily struggles. Furthermore, Ciro has photographed the people of Rione Sanità with an intimate and loving eye; with the outcome being a series of images that look at humanity surviving and living, with dignity, under the difficult circumstances of the place they live.

Hady Barry
Côte D'Ivoire
Selected by Jim Casper
Editor-in-Chief LensCulture
Jim Casper
Editor-in-Chief LensCulture
The Netherlands

Hady Barry’s photographs and text really broke through and touched me. Each of the photos seems so simple, almost casual in their creative treatment, yet they each crackle with energy, honesty, and nuanced feelings. The photos build on each other, too, so the work reads like a rich, short story, with astounding clarity and emotional undercurrents. Barry’s choice of black and white photography makes each of the images more powerful than they would appear in full color.

José Antonio Flores Garcia
Mexico
Selected by Trent Parke
Photographer Magnum
Trent Parke
Photographer Magnum
Australia

I chose José Antonio Flores Garcia for the surreal dreamlike quality of his documentary photograph Dance of Fire. It’s clear, the photographer has fully immersed himself in this moment, and put the viewer front and centre of this dramatic event.

Finalists
Pierre-Jean Beaux
France
Olga Steinepreis
Germany
Tara Fallaux
Netherlands
Vladimir Frumin
United States
Our International Jury
Sadie Quarrier
Deputy Director of Photography
National Geographic
United States

Sadie Quarrier is the Deputy Director of Photography for National Geographic where she manages a team of 19 photo editors and oversees the assignment, production, and acquisition of photography across print and digital platforms. She provides journalistic insight and editorial guidance on the development of visual storytelling across platforms.

Previously she was Deputy Director of Mobile Storytelling where she oversaw producers creating engaging, mobile–first stories and videos. From 2002-2019, Sadie was a Sr. Photo Editor at National Geographic magazine where she was responsible for producing, managing, and editing 20+ stories/year. She was twice a finalist for Visual Editor of the Year by Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Sadie has traveled around the world on assignments and teaching National Geographic Photo Camps. Her career started at National Geographic in 1992.

Trent Parke
Photographer
Magnum
Australia

Trent Parke is one of the most innovative photographers of his generation. He is known for his poetic, often darkly humorous photography that offers an emotional and psychological portrait of his home country of Australia – from the southern outback to its busy beaches. Though rooted in documentary, his works sit between fiction and reality, exploring themes of identity, place, and family life.

Parke was born in 1971 and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales. Using his mother’s Pentax Spotmatic and the family laundry as a darkroom, he began taking pictures when he was around 12 years old. He began his career as a press photojournalist and in 2007 became the first Australian to become a Full Member of Magnum Photos.

His work has been exhibited widely and is held in major institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank, Magnum London and Magnum Paris. In 2015, solo exhibition The Black Rose, premiered at the Art Gallery of South Australia, featuring photographs, light boxes, video, written texts and books.

Parke has published eight monographs, Dream/Life in 1999, The Seventh Wave with Narelle Autio in 2000, Minutes to Midnight, The Christmas Tree Bucket and Minutes to Midnight in 2014, The Black Rose in 2015, The Crimson Line in 2020 and Cue the Sun in 2022.

Rachel Barker
Co-Founder and Director
Stanley/Barker
UK

STANLEY/BARKER is a publishing house founded in London by Rachel and Gregory Barker. From their studio they produce a select list of highly individual publications each year, including Jim Goldberg's Fingerprint, Trent Parke's Crimson Line and Christopher Anderson's SON, PIA and Marion. STANLEY/BARKER is known for the care and attention to detail applied to each publication, several of which have been selected for awards, including Judith Black's Pleasant Street – Shortlisted for the 2020 Paris Photo Aperture Book awards, Sunil Gupta's Christopher Street 1976, Shortlisted for the 2019 Paris Photo Aperture Book awards, The Lucie Photo Book Prize and Les Rencontres d’Arles book Award, and Tod Papageorge's Studio 54, shortlisted for the 2015 Paris Photo Aperture Book awards.

Anne Nwakalor
Founding Editor
No! Wahala Magazine
UK/Nigeria

Anne Nwakalor is a British-Nigerian Photo Editor and Communication Officer within the art space. She is currently based between Manchester, UK and Abuja, Nigeria and is the Founding Editor of one of Africa's first contemporary photography magazine; No! Wahala Magazine (https://www.nowahalamag.com/), which is a print photography magazine championing authentic visual stories told by African creatives. Her practice developed whilst studying a BA in Photojournalism and Documentary photography at the 'University Of The Arts London'. Her interests revolve around representation, bereavement and elitism within the art world alongside a range of other topics. Due to a background in creative writing and film, Anne tends to incorporate text and moving image into her work, creating multimedia's alongside still images. Alongside her visual practice, Anne is also a critical writer, usually writing on topics such as 'Othering' 'Exoticism' and Colonialism within the Photography industry. Anne frequently facilitates workshops on photography, ethical storytelling and printed media. She has also delivered presentations and talks at a number of universities, exhibitions, art events and photo festivals.

Tom Gitterman
Founder
Gitterman Gallery
United States

Gitterman Gallery was founded in 2003, after Tom Gitterman was in the field for 13 years working for Pace/MacGill Gallery [intern], Zabriskie Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery. Gitterman Gallery specializes in connoisseur level photographs and photographic based art. In addition to representing artists, estates and private collections, the gallery maintains an inventory of selective work in a full range of styles and periods that span the history of the medium, from the 19th Century to Contemporary.

Naoko Higashi
Editor
IMA Magazine
Japan

Born in 1981, living and working in Tokyo and Fukuoka. Naoko Higashi is an editor at a Tokyo-based photography magazine IMA and representative director of TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR. She joined the magazine since 2012 when it was first published, making large features, reports and news for both print and digital edition of the magazine. She curated exhibitions with various artists and publishers such as Miranda July, Stephen Gill, Culture Centre and 8 ball community at TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR. She is also a member of The Reference Asia, an Asian art community platform based on Asian editors, curators, and publishers.

Jim Casper
Editor-in-Chief
LensCulture
The Netherlands

Jim Casper is the editor-in-chief of LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations to discover new contemporary photography from around the world. As an active member in the contemporary photography world, Casper loves to meet with photographers and talk about photography. He curates art exhibitions, publishes books, conducts workshops, serves as an international juror, nominates photographers for key awards, and is an advisor to arts and education organizations.

Thank You
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered the Black & White Awards 2022. This year has been a challenging year for many people in and beyond our community, and it was gratifying to discover so many talented people who continue to make good work while enduring difficult circumstances. We want to take a moment to express our appreciation for your ongoing participation, and we look forward to seeing what you will do in the coming year.
Want to start next year on a high? Enter your best work for the LensCulture Art Awards! Deadline for entries is Wednesday, 14 December 2022 and winners will be announced early 2023.
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