For one issue each year, a little of the color drains out of Boise Weekly--and that's a good thing in the case of the annual Black and White Photo Contest.
For the last decade, photographers from across the Treasure Valley--and sometimes beyond--have sent in their best black-and-white images, all vying to come out on top of the heap. And what a heap it is; this year, there were 238 entries. Contest judges are continually impressed with the level of talent and artistry displayed by local photographers, as well as the fact that the quality of images keeps getting better, resetting the bar each year.
Judges represent a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and experiences. Making return appearances on the panel this year were veteran photographer Paul Hosefros, a longtime photog with The New York Times whose book, Idaho Wine Country, has become a local favorite. Also returning was photographer Laurie Pearman, whose images are seen almost weekly in the pages of Boise Weekly, and who is a former winner of the Black and White Photo Contest. Rounding out the panel was BW Art Director Leila Ramella-Rader and BW Features Editor Deanna Darr.
For the first time, BW readers became part of the judging panel as well, when they had the opportunity to vote for the Readers' Choice Award in each category through an online vote.
Thank you to the readers who took the time to cast their votes and an extra-special thank you to all the photographers who entered the contest. We can't wait to see what you bring us next year.
To view this year's winners, click on the slideshow below.