Photo Challenge Finalists: Black-And-White Portraits

No color, lots of character in these photos

Jevgenij Scolokov

The fairy tale

Photo was taken in Riga, LatviaJevgenij Scolokov

Let's get it out of the way right in the beginning: This was one of the most successful and difficult to judge Photo Challenges we have ever done here on PopPhoto.com. The number of outstanding images we received was truly staggering and cutting them down to a set of finalists was a wonderfully difficult chore. These portraits range from joyful to sad and even include a few delightful animal portratis.

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Victoria Newbauer

Evening Light

My oldest daughter needed to rest her legs on the long walk home from the park one evening. I couldn't resist the background light.Victoria Newbauer
Soren Bresling

Portrait

Camera: Linhof Mk. III with unnamed Petzval lens. Fomapan 100 film enlarged onto Fomaspeed Variant paper. Scanned.Soren Bresling
Jhael Perges

Native American Hoop Dance

As exciting to photograph as Antelope Canyon maybe upon visit. One should not miss this fascinating dance offering of a Native American hoop dancer welcoming visitors at one of Antelope Canyon's meeting place prior to the start of the tour.Jhael Perges
Naida Halilovic

Sandra

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”Naida Halilovic
Sarah Chaffee

The Conjurer

A man plays Mozart pieces using wine glasses filled with different amounts of water to create a variety of sounds. This photo was taken in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia with a Nikon D3000 and a 18-55mm lens.Sarah Chaffee
Royce Lehman

Leap Frog

After a long 10 mile hike. My friends and I decided to share our joy by playing a fun game of leap frog as the sun set.Royce Lehman
Rita Barlow

A Mother's Love

During a maternity session with one of my clients I was able to capture this unscripted moment of her first born son gazing lovingly up at his mother. I was actually talking to the mother and working on setting up a new pose, when I looked down and saw her son's expression. It turned out to be one of my favorite images from the entire session because it wasn't planned and the raw emotion in the little boy's face shows what a million words could not explain about the bond between a mother and her child. Enjoy!Rita Barlow
Riley Scanlon

Life on Edge

Life rips you up and spreads us into thin layers of an absence void of uncertainty. Only to real us all back in grounding us for a repetitive cycle. Processed and made in the dark room with 120 film at 400 ISORiley Scanlon
Pruette Karl

Olive and Watermelon

Olive and WatermelonPruette Karl
Neil O'Bryan

Warrior

A nefarious villain takes the stage during a Lucha Libre match. Notice his soulless eyes?Neil O'Bryan
Megan Hansen

Thoughts

Self portrait shot on 35mm dealing with being confused and not exactly knowing what I want or where I'm going but collecting my thoughts and coming to grips with it.Megan Hansen
Matthew Moeller

faraway

I like the ambiance that smoke lends to a photo, especially when working with monochrome.Matthew Moeller
Matt Smith

Migraine

Model and powder.Matt Smith
Sophia Rosse

The Freckled Girl

taken on a B&W film camera, on Mt. Foss in New Hampshire.Sophia Rosse
Marko Dasic

Sensual

sensual woman with perfect lipsMarko Dasic
Mark Lord

Quinceañera / In & Out Burger

Post-quinceañera, at the In & Out Burger on Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CAMark Lord
Laurel Posakony

Devon

This is a photo of my childhood best friend, ten years later.Laurel Posakony
Kayleigh Frampton

Beautiful Youth

Elementary school kids are pressured to act older, look older, seem older. Seems odd that some are just scraping by. A beautiful girl with timeless beauty and no desire to grow up quickly.Kayleigh Frampton
Julie Hussey

The Calm Before The Storm

These two beautiful little angels were the flower girls in a wedding that I shot. It is so hard for little ones to wear white, stay clean, behave, sit still, smile for pictures, and wait on everyone else. These smiles come at the beginning of the wedding day, before too many pictures, before hunger, before too many photos, and before walking down the aisle...this photo was taken while waiting on the bride. It captures their patience and the calm before the storm.Julie Hussey
John Rees

The Craftsman takes a break

I made this photo on a hot summer day in August 1991. The man depicted, the late Sam Golden, takes a break from his current project. The camera was my Minolta Autocord with T-Max 400 film. I have a photo release (somewhere)and higher resolution if needed.John Rees
Holly Awwad

Chocolate Thief

Baby got caught red handedHolly Awwad
Erik Svec

Michal

Portrait of my friend Michal.Erik Svec
Dylana Labenberg

Serious

Low key portrait of my brother. Shot in studio with a Nikon D610 and an 24-85mm lens using one strobe light.Dylana Labenberg
Dylana Labenberg

Serious

Low key portrait of my brother. Shot in studio with a Nikon D610 and an 24-85mm lens using one strobe light.Dylana Labenberg
Dennis Salido

Waiting

bride waiting for the ceremonyDennis Salido
Dan Hartford

Contemplation at Dinner

Deep in thought at dinner.Dan Hartford
Christopher Grobler

Christopher Grobler

My little brother sitting in the drivers seat of a boat. It's easy to see that he thinks he's the manChristopher Grobler
Sasha Osipenko

Hello from the Inside (of the chicken coop)

This is a domestic chicken that likes to look outside of the coop and wonder what it would be like to be free like the other birds.Sasha Osipenko
Christopher Davis

The Drummer

This portrait was made with my Nikon D750 using a 50mm 1.8 lens. I used solely a flashlight and available kitchen light in the background. My fiancé's stepfather is a passionate drummer and I wanted to interpret him and his cymbals.Christopher Davis
Charles Lindsey

I'm Batman

Picture of Ruby, my Doberman Pinscher shot with a Nikon D810, nikon 50MM f1.4 @ 1/250 f2.2 iso 31. AlienBee 1600/7' parabloic against a white backdropCharles Lindsey
Avishkar Jadon

Exquisite

This is a portrait of a girl taken with one light source.Avishkar Jadon
Angee Manns

The One Room Schoolhouse

My son, in an old abandoned one room schoolhouse.Angee Manns
Andrew Krupp

Voices Seen, Voices Heard - The Children of Flint 1

This photo is part of a photo documentary project to help bring a deeper awareness to the historic crisis that has occurred in the lives of the people of Flint. Through photographs and personal stories, we will be documenting the “real” faces, and the struggles and success that these children are facing. More information is available at Facebook page www.facebook.com/voicesseenvoicesheard and www.voicesseenvoicesheard.com to help bring the awareness that is needed to find long-term solutions and resources to these children.Andrew Krupp
Andrew Alvarado

Serenity

Hope to have portrayed a mood in this.Andrew Alvarado
Amanda Villegas

Maureen

This image was made using my Nikon D610 and a 24-85 mm lens. Maureen is a vivacious, youthful elderly woman who is a delight on stage and off. During a photoshoot with the cast of the play I was involved in, she stopped in this beautiful light and was just exuberant to have her portrait taken. I love capturing the in between moments, and moments of truth.Amanda Villegas
Alvaro Marquez

Tough delicate

Part of the dance photography project "BlacSuan".Alvaro Marquez