The reFocus Awards proudly unveil the triumphant recipients of the 2023 Black and White Photo Contest, featuring captivating entries from 77 nations.
Distinguished by its monochromatic allure, the competition delineates between professional and non-professional spheres. Bill Pack emerges as the eminent professional victor, clinching the title for his spellbinding “CarScapes” series, where classic automobiles metamorphose into sensuous entities through the artistry of inventive lighting and composition.
In a parallel realm, the non-professional category celebrates the poignant beauty of an everyday odyssey, as illustrated by Serkan Dogus’s poignant depiction of a shepherd’s sojourn in Turkey, claiming the coveted top honor.
Now in its second year, the reFocus Awards encompass diverse categories such as abstract, aerial, film/analog, and people. The professional category bestows a $2,500 cash prize upon the victor, while the non-professional counterpart garners a noteworthy $1,500 in recognition of their exceptional photographic prowess.
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#1. Contest Winner: 1st Place – CarScapes by Bill Pack
“The sensual lines and curves of the cars featured in “CarScapes” are not merely functional or utilitarian; they are transformed into objects of beauty and desire. I draw parallels between the artistry of car design and the beauty found in natural landscapes and the human body.”
#2. Contest Winner: 2nd Place – The last gigant of the hell by Antonio Flores
“From the depths of hell emerges a gigantic and imposing horned beast.
BOOM! sounds and everything is reached by the flames and sparks that burn the body of a couple of men who stay under it to receive the shower of sparks and the fury of the bull as part of its ritual and offering blood to the fire.”
#3. Contest Winner: 3rd Place – Buzzer midge by Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz
“Chironomus plumosus mosquito it is a mosquito that does not bite, its mouthparts are very reduced and, in addition, it does not feed either. This family is widely distributed in the world. The name “plumosus” is referred to by the pair of feathery antennae that stand out in the male.”