Celebrating Today’s Most Exceptional Black & White Images
Welcoming both individual image and series submissions that honor and explore black and white photography.
Enter 2-9 images to be judged as a group rather than as individual photographs.
A single image submitted to this contest should explore the power of photography through one incredible shot.
“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart, and head.”
Photographers are encouraged to join us in celebrating the timeless, eternal nature of black and white photography.
Winners will receive career-enhancing cash prizes, a unique and immersive dedicated digital space to share their works on our artist platform, and way more.
Awards & Benefits
Winners of the reFocus Awards enjoy more than prizes; honorees will be actively promoted and celebrated throughout the year and beyond.
Prizes are designed to meet your needs as a photographer, wherever they are in their careers.
$4,000+ in cash prizes
Elegant crystal trophies, engraved and customized
Receive international press exposure as well as have your work judged by industry professionals, gallery directors, museum curators, and influential tastemakers
A publicly-shared and promoted interview with links to your work and social profile will help you get the global recognition you deserve
Custom badges and certificates to seamlessly share your wins with the world and get your work the attention it deserves
Receive your own personalized page with links to your website and social profiles as a year-round point of discovery for your work
Customized press assets to help you share your win using a professionally written and formatted press release
An artist-forward space dedicated to exhibiting your works online
The reFocus Trophy
Reserved for contest and category winners at the reFocus Awards, our custom engraved crystal and metal trophy signifies that the honoree is one of the most distinctive photographers of our time.
* Winner's titles and award distribution may vary depending on the contest.
Category Winners (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
People’s Vote Award
$2,500 in Cash Prizes
Personalized Black Crystal reFocus Trophy
Printed & Embossed Winner’s Achievement Certificate
Published Winner's Interview
Receive Feature in Dedicated Email to Global Audience
Eligible to Purchase the Clear Crystal reFocus Trophy
Premier Artist Placements Throughout reFocus Website
Custom Press Release Tailored to Your Achievement
Prominent Feature in Winner's Gallery
International Press Exposure to our Global Community
Public Profile in reFocus's Artist Directory
Free Entry & Placement In the People's Vote Award Gallery
Showcase in Winner's Gallery
Digital Winner's Certificate & Badge
Chance to be Featured on reFocus's Social Media & Newsletter
People's Vote Award
Before the winners are announced, all entries nominated by the jury will automatically be entered into the People’s Vote Awards where the public will vote on their favorite images within each contest category.
The opportunity to win this honor is included at no charge and is in addition to competing for the title in your entry’s category as part of your submission. Winners receive a public profile in our Artist Directory, a featured location in our Winner’s Gallery, and other benefits.
With tens of thousands of people visiting the reFocus website and People’s Vote Award Gallery during the voting period. This unique honor is one of the many ways we aim to increase the chances of our artists, like you, being discovered and getting well-deserved recognition.
*Please note that in order to maintain the most positive experience for all nominated artists, the number of votes each entry receives during the public voting period will not be visible.
Our international panel of judges represents today’s topmost tier of influence and distinction within our photography community.
Judges include world-renowned photographers, curators, directors, and industry professionals who were chosen based on their respected positions within the global photography world.
Images can be entered into multiple categories and will be judged independently of one another based on the selected category.
We highly encourage you to be expansive in your interpretation and selection of categories for your work.
Fashion & Beauty
Entry Info & Pricing
2023 Black & White Photo Contest
Closed for Entry
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