The Boise Weekly Black-and-White Photo Contest is a teenager. Now in its 13th year, it has learned sarcasm and how to be self-referential. In short, it's beginning to show signs of becoming an adult.
This year, BW received 110 entries, which were judged by professional photographers Patrick Sweeney, Laurie Pearman-Ricci and Levi Bettweiser, as well as BW Art Director Kelsey Hawes and yours truly, Harrison Berry. The panel considered the photos' compositional merits, subjects and overall pizzazz when selecting winners in three categories: People, Places and Things.
In a nod to self-referentiality, this isn't the only place in this week's edition of BW where you'll find photography—or some of this year's contest judges. This week's arts and culture feature tackles an exhibition of photographs hanging at Boise Art Museum by Group f/64, an early-20th century community of artists whose work leveraged extreme technical prowess to achieve what they called "pure photography," defined as "possessing no qualities of technique, composition or idea, derivative of any other art form," according to the group's 1932 manifesto, and we channeled Group f/64's philosophy as a guide to judging this year's Black-and-White Photo Contest.
As always, BW extends a hearty thanks to all those who submitted their work to the contest. Every year it's a fresh pleasure to experience the world through your eyes.