BW's 16th Annual Black & White Photo Contest 

Color: Who needs it?

click to enlarge "Cowboy at Sunset"

Steve Bly

"Cowboy at Sunset"

Between the early release of our Best of Boise issue, the Big Le Boise block party and the upcoming publication of our summer city guide, Annual Manual, the Black & White Photo Contest almost didn’t make Boise Weekly’s event cut this year—but after taking an inventory of the almost 200 photo submissions, boy were we glad that it did. This year’s judges included, local professional photographer Pete Grady, Idaho Press-Tribune Community Engagement Editor Jeanne Huff, creative and design genius Will Spearman, and three BW staffers: Art Director Jason Jacobsen, Graphic Designer Sean Severud and yours truly. A few weeks back we spent more than an hour after work closeted in the BW offices with stacks of printed photographs for a blind judging, haggling over who should get the top prizes and wheedling our compatriots on behalf of favorite shots.

Thankfully, there were some we agreed on right away, like grand prize winner Steve Bly’s “Cowboy at Sunset,” which received near-unanimous support. Others posed more of a quandary, seeming to walk the line between two categories (the options, as in years past, were “People,” “Places,” and “Things”). Ultimately, we decided to choose what we felt were the strongest photos submitted in each category, basing our choices on composition, clarity and artistry rather than content. We hope you enjoy the snapshots in the following pages, which range from a hysterically happy pup to a dead-serious miniature baseball player, as much as we did.

Enjoy them all, including your own people's choice winners in the slideshow below:

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