One of three winning images by Clayton Bastiani
Black and White Photography Magazine has announced the winners of the Black and White Photographer of the Year competition.
This year Black+White Photography magazine teamed up with Leica to offer the overall winner a fabulous prize – the world’s first digital camera with a black & white only sensor – with lens, worth over £8,000. In its seventh year, the Black+White Photographer of the Year has become a hugely successful international competition. This year a record number of 6,000 images were entered in total (including some disqualified colour images!), with strong competition coming from UK and Polish photographers.
The overall winner this year was Clayton Bastiani from the Isle of Wight. He is a fine art photographer who provides images for the book cover industry.
His haunting images are created from bits and bobs that he owns: “I looked through my numerous boxes of stuff (bits of plastic, glass, paper, insects, etc...) and took some scissors to the garden. Nothing seemed to work at first. Then the images just came together, as if they were waiting to be discovered. My dad was a carpenter and always spoke of understanding the grain in a piece of wood. That is the closest I can get to explain these images. They wanted to happen, but I first had to understand what they wanted from me. I thought the glove image (above) was finished until I added an x-ray of my dad's hand. It seemed a fitting tribute and I'm sure he'll be pleased.” Clayton says.
Category winners are as follows:
The Human Spirit
: 1st place: Adrian Bowd (East Sussex)
Runner up: Przemyslaw Kruk (Poland, www.fproject.com.pl)
This is Life
: 1st place: Rinzing Kelsang (Nottingham, www.rinzingphotography.com)
Runner up: Sheila Rock (London, sheilarock.com)
The Living World
: 1st place: Gary Groucutt (Wombourne, www.garygroucutt.com)
Runner up: Richard Garvey-Williams (Newton Abbot, www.richardgarveywilliams.com)
Young Black+White Photographer of the Year (under 25s)
Joint 1st place: Tori Khambhaita (London)
Joint 1st place: Antal Bánhegyesy (Romania)
The winning images will be in display at theprintspace on Kingsland Road, London, throughout December.