The 2011 Batdorff Photography Black and White Photo Contest ended up garnering our largest, and most talented set of entries yet. This year I decided to up the ante and ask five judges to join me in selecting our top three photographers. The judges were asked to select their top ten images and rank them based upon composition, technical quality, creativity and overall impression. As you can imagine, it was quite a commitment and not an easy task to sort through nearly 900 images. I think my good friend Lew Bendell, APC Co-founder, said it best, “To narrow it down to 10 was incredibly difficult and at times kind of heartbreaking. I think this speaks to the quality and breadth of entries…” I couldn’t agree with Lew more.
I want to say a couple of things before we announce the winners:
First, a major hats off to all of you who entered. I appreciate the time and effort you put into your entries. I know first-hand what it’s like to enter a contest and it means a lot that you took the time and effort to participate in what has become one of the largest B&W contests in the United States. I want you to know, regardless of your standing, your work has been potentially seen by over 20,000 visitors. That means opportunities to shine and be discovered!
Secondly, to the sponsors: without your support this wouldn’t be possible. Finding top quality, FREE to enter contests are rare, and with the support of APC, Black Rapid, Outdoor Photo Gear, BorrowLenses, Digimarc, Peachpit, and Nik Software we’ve been able to put together one heck of a contest that continues to grow each year. Remember, many of the sponsors are providing discount codes for a limited time, so make sure to check out the winners page to get those codes.
Lastly, thank you to the judges. I know this was difficult and each of you put some serious time and effort into selecting your favorites. Your honest, unwavering dedication to selecting these photos enriched the process and provided a quality selection process for our winners and honorable mentions.
Without further delay, today’s winning entries can be found on this page!