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The Minimalist Photography Awards share the winners | Pro Club Bd

Minimalism isn’t just about black and white, although it often sets the style. This year’s Minimalist Photography Awards winners showed that whether it’s a monochromatic scene or a vibrant tableau, less is more, and you don’t need an elaborate set to capture a compelling shot.

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About the Minimalist Photography Awards

In its fourth year, the Minimalist Photography Awards attracted 3,400 photographers from 43 different countries who submitted work in 11 categories: Abstract, Architecture, Concept, Fine Art, Landscape, Long Exposure, Night, Candid, Photomanipulation, Portrait and Street Photography.

“Minimalist Photography Awards is a non-profit organization supported by B&W minimalism Magazine and founded by Milad Safabakhsh which aims to recognise, reward and popularize talented photographers around the world and introduce them to the professional photography industry.”

The jury consists of gallery owner Jennifer Kostuik, cameraman Rob Hardy (of Ex Machina, destructionand men), art collector Sashaku, photographer and collector Peter Molick (“pixelpete”), and founder and President of the Minimalist Photography Awards, Milad Safabakhsh.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and be named Minimalist Photographer of the Year. Her work will also be featured in the Best in Show exhibition. The winner will also be published in an online gallery and in the annual Minimalist Photography Awards book along with the first, second, third and honorable mention winners. If they wish, they can also sell their work as an NFT on Foundation.app. Here are some of our favorites from the competition.

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Minimalist Photographer of the Year 2022

“Forms of murmurs.” Daniel Dencecu

Daniel Dencescu from Germany received the final title “Minimalist Photographer of the Year” with the series “Forms of murmurations”. In it, Dencescu captures a dazzling dance of starlings against an empty sky.

“There’s certainly something mesmerizing about the way these birds move – a massive, improvised choreography in which each bird is part of something much larger than itself,” Dencescu writes. “There is an inherent beauty to the colossal organic forms that form, but here we see many unexpected coincidences. All of my murmuration series have been photographed against a flat, cloudless sky, the resulting images are undiluted. Economical and beautiful, leaves room for many interpretations. The cream color palette for my calligraphic photographs is based on the works of the surrealist painter René Magritte and the master Irving Penn. I spent more than 200 hours in the field chasing and photographing the starlings, all the scenes are real.”

conceptual category

blank billboard and rainbow
“BLANK CHARACTERS.” Jacob Mitchel

Jacob Mitchell took second place in the concept category with the “EMPTY SIGNS” series. This particular image conveys the melancholy of what was and the unrelenting American optimism of what might be to come.

“The EMPTY SIGNS series explores places that once had names,” explains Mitchell. “When I first started the series in 2018, I didn’t think much about it; There are a lot of them where I live, so I decided to photograph them. Everything from fast food restaurants, sporting goods stores and hotels is just forgotten. The signs are huge crumbling monuments that show the collapse of capitalism in America.”

Portrait category

Woman in green sweater, red gloves and hat
“Doki-Doki.” Hector Palacios

“Doki Doki” by Hector Palacios took third place in the Portrait category. I loved this series because it showed that minimalism doesn’t mean the absence of color. Indeed, simplicity can pack a brisk punch.

Long exposure category

Cabins by a lake in the fog
“Huts…” Martin Annand

The title “Long Exposure Photographer of the Year” went to Martin Annand and the image “Huts…”.

Architecture category

Blue silo
“Blue silo.” Michael McLaughlin

In Union and Intersection, runner-up Michael McLaughlin explores complementary structural and architectural details. What drew me to this photo was the intense blue curvature broken by a sharp red line.

Photo manipulation category

Tree on a hill against a big moon
“Landscape.” Inge Schuster

Inge Schuster took third place with her series “Landscape”, which deals with the haunting beauty of nocturnal solitude.

Fine arts category

Pool and white loungers
“Last night I dreamed that I could swim.” Natalie Christensen

Fine Art Photographer of the Year Natalie Christensen gave me Slim Aarons vibes with her sunny poolside images bursting with pops of color.

“I’ve learned that the presence of a pool distracts from how ephemeral things really are,” writes Christensen, recalling her childhood. “Underneath was the looming feeling that all might be lost. Stable could quickly become unstable and suddenly we were overwhelmed. But the pool was always seductive. There was a comfort in the stillness of its waters, albeit a stillness not to be trusted.”

How to enter the Minimalist Photography Awards

The early submission deadline is April 27 – visit the website for next year’s schedule. Entrants must pay a fee of $15 for submitting one image, $25 for a series, and $10 for each additional image. The deadline is June 5th and prices will increase by $5.

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