Despite the fact that colour photography has been available to the general public since at least 1936, it seems that everyone still loves black and white photography, which probably explains why last month's photo competition theme "Black and White" was so popular, with almost double the usual number of entries. The general standard was also very good, as I think you'll agree when you see the fifteen selected entries shown here, not to mention the three prize winners.
When I set the theme last month, as usual I said that that entrants were free to interpret the theme in any way they saw fit, but in fact most people took it literally, and sent in black and white photos. There were a few more imaginative interpretations though, such as this excellent shot from Alison Yeap of London. Three Moslem women, in their black abaya costumes, stand out in contrast to the brilliant white marble of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Alison has perfectly captured this tricky exposure using a Nikon D40 with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle zoom lens.
If you're trying to think of things that are black and white, sooner or later you're going to come up with Zebras. Not too surprisingly we received several pictures of Zebras, some behind bars in a zoo, others photographed in their natural habitat of Antarctica. (ed. someone plz check this). One of the best was this close-up shot taken by Gaetano Molteni of Bosisio Parini, Italy. Gaetano took this photo in the famous Etosha wildlife park in Namibia, using a Nikon D70 with a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.
Zebras weren't the only wildlife to feature in this month's entries. One shot that really caught my eye was this outstanding shot from regular entrant and previous competition winner Darren Athersmith of Askam in Furness, UK. As usual I'll let Darren describe it, although it sounds better if you imagine David Attenborough saying it: "Looking out from beneath a small tree on the Serengeti Plains the moon catches the face of a lioness as she scans for trouble, her cubs are snoozing away behind her. When it comes, the lions are awake in an instant. On the horizon, walking closer is a big male lion... Well it's not actually as clear as black and white; this is really at my local animal park with the sun catching the face of a Lioness, converted to mono to add to the mood. Taken on a Nikon D300 with Nikkor 70-200mm lens."