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John Shingleton gets accolade in Australian/NZ Monochrome Awards competition


Our prolific Australian author, John Shingleton, has found new fame in the antipodean world of black and white photography, highly commended for his three excellent entries.

He entered three photographs in the 2022 Australian/NZ Monochrome Awards photo competition — two in the People category and one in the Places category. To qualify, the images had to have been taken since 1 January 2021, something which was restricting since he admits he has not done much photography in the past 18 months.

Last year he was awarded a highly commended in the People category of the 2021 Monochrome Awards with a single entry, a photo of a Lightning Ridge opal miner, taken on a NSW road trip back in May 2021.

This year John was highly commended for his three entries but frustratingly, still no cigar. According to the organisers, there was a large number of entrants — up 40% on 2021 — and the standard was very high. But John had hoped that the photo of Surfers at Sunrise would make it into the prize winners.

Above are the three successful 2022 entries. Poppy was taken with the Leica Q2, Men of the Cloth with the Leica Q and Surfers at Sunrise with the good old iPhone SE. All three were shot in colour and converted to monochrome in trust old Silver Efex Pro.

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  1. Congratulations! Have you shown the surfers one here before? The first and last time I entered a competition was in ‘81.

  2. I do hope you are well John, these are lovely images, and deserving of their accolades – Poppy looks like mischief, and that long shadow on the beach is one of those events we all dream about.

    Keep safe, best Dave

  3. Well deserved recognition! I always enjoy your images and inspired by many of them. Looking forward to more!

  4. Well done, John. Great images, I really like the ‘Men of the Cloth’ photo. It is difficult to win in such competitions and even more difficult to run the competitions. Judges and curators have to make choices and there are always more entries that don’t succeed than actual winners. The first step is usually short listing and there are software tools that aid the shortlisting, but the final decisions always involve human beings. Some of the bigger prizes e.g. Prix Pictet and Oskar Barnack also require nomination, usually by an experienced curator, which adds another layer.


  5. I thought perhaps you had acquired a mono Q and seen the pictures in mono from the start! They are simply beautiful conversions. Thanks for sharing, John.

  6. Wonderful images that deserve the highest recognition. I think it just means in future you will have to have a camera welded to your forehead so you miss nothing. I love the surfers shot – very evocative!


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