The winners and finalists of the All About Photo The Mind's Eye Awards 2020 have been announced, and there are a number of fascinating takeaways from the results.
One of the big takeaways is that, while the majority of entries to the competition were color photographs, black-and-white photos accounted for four of the top five first-place images, which are awarded a $10,000 prize.
Also notable is that while photography is still a largely male-dominated art form, four of the top five prizes were won by female photographers – including the winning image. Indeed, the winning image 'Across the River, Burma' is a black-and-white photograph that was shot by a woman, Monica Denevan.
Additionally, two of the top five images featured female subjects, with one (the winner) depicting a male, an awe-inspiring aerial landscape and a stunning wildlife shot of stampeding wildebeest.
Another noteworthy point is that the panel of seven jurors were drawn towards more serene imagery, rather than some of the more aggressive images that are often successful in photographic competition.
"Unlike previous years, it also seems that the jurors were more attracted to beautiful and soothing images rather than violent and unsettling ones," notes All About Photo. "Perhaps a subconscious need has arisen in each one of us to escape the terrible events that are happening in the world right now."
The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera Magazine, PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, Digital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.