Capture September-October 2019

Capture is Australia's top-selling magazine for professional and emerging photographers. Published quarterly, Capture covers all aspects of running a successful photography practice, from the latest gear and techniques, to ides to stretch your creativity, and advice to help you run a more successful business. Each issue showcases amazing images from the world's leading photographers and the stories of how they came to be created. Capture’s mission is to inspire, engage, inform and entertain.

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in this issue

3 min.
everything’s black and white

I’m thrilled to share the results of our very latest competition, The Mono Awards. Held in conjunction with our sister publication, Australian Photography, the single-image black-and-white photography competition seeks to uncover the very best imagery by Australian and New Zealand photographers across two categories: People and Places. The response to the competition was nothing short of overwhelming, and the standard of the work submitted was very high. Thank you to all who entered. You’ve helped make this first year a most successful one. We relied on a judging panel of nine renowned photographers – all masters in the art of black-and-white photography. Their experience and wisdom traverses the genres of landscape, portrait, fashion, advertising, and architectural photography. I am grateful for their time, input, and insights. The winner of the Places category…

1 min.
celebrating the region’s finest b&w photographers

2019 marks the inaugural year of The Mono Awards, a celebration of the best black-and-white photography from Australia and New Zealand. Focusing on two categories, People and Places, the single-image competition was judged by a panel of nine renowned photographers – all masters of the medium – with specialisations covering a wide breadth of genres from landscapes to portrait to advertising and fashion. A huge congratulations to our winners, runners-up, and Top 20 placegetters. Their names and a selection of the best work appears on the following pages. Notification of Highly Commended and Commended entries will be sent by email in the coming weeks. Winner and runner-up in the Places category are Sharron Leppien and Jannick Clausen, respectively. In the People category, first place was taken out by Gaanesh Prasad, and…

1 min.
what the judges thought

While the boab trees have a striking initial impact and powerful presence in the frame, the true richness of this capture exists in the wider narrative that is carried forward beautifully through the figures we walk past along the leading lines in the frame, asking us questions about culture and time. There’s a wonderfully timeless quality present here, emphasised by a beautifully anticipated moment with the young boy in the foreground placed against the strong, but cohesive juxtaposition of the immense trees. A very worthy winner! –Paul Hoelen The scale between the trees and the child rolling the tyre makes for a strong, unique composition. The depth and perspective of the road draws you through the amazing formation of sculptural trees. There is contrast of movement in the image, yet the…

2 min.

WINNER SHARRON LEPPIEN A travelling photographer, Sharron Leppien is fast-thinking and always prepared for the challenges she encounters. But first and foremost, she’s an observer. On the road, she faces changing light, changing situations, and the ever-changing terrain – all challenges that are conquered by planning ahead. And while she may have an idea of what she could be photographing on a particular day, she knows that people and the environment can throw a myriad of thrills and surprises that can only successfully be dealt with given the necessary experience. Based in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Leppien was recently honoured to be the first woman ever to be elected as the Chairman of the Maitland International Salon of Photography since it was incorporated in 1953. www.instagram.com/sharronleppien RUNNER-UP JANNICK CLAUSEN A landscape photographer, originally…

3 min.
b&w tips from the judges

PAUL HOELEN I hold the Nik Collection plug-in, Silver Efex Pro, in high regard for black-and-white conversion. I particularly enjoy the range of tones and hues you can access. You need to be a little gentle how far you push some of the sliders at times, particularly the structure ones, as although they add a superb semblance of grit and atmosphere, they can be quite destructive to the file itself. WILLIAM LONG Make sure your screen is correctly calibrated. With monochrome images, you can’t fully see the transition in the darkest greys to blacks, or the light greys to whites, if it’s not. MATT PALMER With black-and-white photography, you must maximise the dynamic range of your photograph as appropriate. Use every degree of colour between pure black and pure white to your advantage, to create depth…

1 min.
what the judges thought

This is a top shot. It’s a photograph that captures the imagination and expresses the personality of the photographer as well as the person in front of the camera (without even seeing their face). Humorous, compositionally strong, simple, and direct. We can see the story and can rejoice in the superb use of black and white shapes, tones, and spaces found within the frame. Congratulations. – Jackie Rankin You don’t need to see his face to tell this story. This portrait is taken from a voyeuristic perspective, and tells so much without seeing a lot. The silhouette of the man, composed and timed perfectly with the form of the planes and vapour – the centred composition in the vast country space feels quite conceptual. He is immersed in the moment while…