Each year, photographers from across the Treasure Valley converge on Boise Weekly headquarters, their best work tucked under their arms. They come with stunning portraits, breathtaking landscapes or intricate images that turn everyday objects into abstract art--all accomplished in the subtle blacks, whites and grays of black-and-white photography.
For non-photographers, it may seem simple to capture an image--especially in an age where everyone seems addicted to posting smartphone pics on social media sites. But for true photographers, it's an artform that is never truly mastered.
This year our panel of judges pored through piles of images in search of those that stood out from the rest. It was a tough job, given the quality of the entries, but somehow they were able to narrow the field. Photographers Laurie Pearman, whose images regularly fill the pages of Boise Weekly, and Mike Shipman bravely took on the task, as well as BW Art Director Leila Ramella-Rader and Graphic Designer Jen Grable.
For the second year, BW readers had a chance to cast votes for their favorites as well, thanks to an online contest--and we must say, you chose wisely.
Thanks to all those who entered work in this year's contest--we can't wait to see what you bring us next year.
To view this year's winners, click on the slideshow below.