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.