Contest Winner: “Magnificent Monochrome”

Photographer John Gafford has been selected as the winner of the June 2018 GreyLearning Photo Contest with his image, “Channeling Leonardo”. The theme for this photo contest was “Magnificent Monochrome”, inviting photographers to submit their best black and white (or otherwise monochrome) photo.

Channeling Leonardo by John Gafford

John had this to say about capturing this photo:


While on a recent trip to the Provence region of France, I was walking around the Arles Saturday market, when I spotted a distinguished looking elderly man dressed in black wandering through the market. I followed him for a while, hoping to snap a candid picture of him. After a few minutes, he happened to gaze up toward a nearby building and at that moment, I snapped this image. With his white beard and black shirt and jacket, I thought it would make a great black and white image. I shot the image at 1/250 second, f/8, ISO 200 at 210 mm with a Nikon D800.


As the winning photographer John will receive a copy of Exposure X3 software for optimizing and organizing photos, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Alien Skin Software.

Congratulations to John on a beautiful winning image! You can view more of his photography on his website here:

You can also find John on Instagram here: