Fall in Love with These Striking Black And White Wildlife Photos From Monochrome Photography Awards

The Monochrome Awards is an annual competition that caters to both professionals and amateurs, and provides a platform for a global community of ambitious photographers. From majestic predators to delicate creatures, each photo tells a compelling story, and leaves you in awe. Read what these photographers had to say about their pictures

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1st Place Winner Our Kingdom by James Lewin

1st Place Winner Our Kingdom by James Lewin

Lions have been momentous symbols to humankind for thousands of years. Their bravery, strength, courage, loyalty, and close family bonds have inspired millions of people in their day-to-day lives. My aim in Ndutu this year was to create a group portrait that would resonate with and connect us to this most iconic mammal and highlight their noble qualities.

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2nd Place Winner Untitled by Andre Estevez

2nd Place Winner Untitled by Andre Estevez

I shot this humpback whale lunge feeding in Monterey bay, California the humpback lunge fed way to close from the boat and I was only able to get close details of the mouth

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3rd Place Winner Baby Back by Baiju Patil

3rd Place Winner Baby Back by Baiju Patil

This photo was taken at Daruji National Park, Karnataka , India. This photo was taken while the mother was walking down the rock, but the cub was not ready to get off her back. When she was coming down, she literally cried like a baby and quickly climbed onto her mother's back.

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Flynn and Marlow Two Indian hat monkeys by Alexander von Reiswitz

Flynn and Marlow Two Indian hat monkeys by Alexander von Reiswitz

For four hours I let myself be locked in the enclosure of Indian hat monkeys together with an animal keeper. The Indian hut monkeys are social animals that normally live in groups. It was important that we were under the supervision of experienced professionals to ensure everyone's safety. Through patience and respect, we were able to gain the animals' trust.

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Born to Lead by Eric Kanigan

Born to Lead by Eric Kanigan

In the forests of Central Africa, in the shadows of the volcanoes lives an impressive figure. He walks with his fists as he cuts through the thick foliage. He moves forcefully but quietly. Always marching forward, paving a path for his troop. When challenged, he stands on his legs, flashes his sharp teeth, and beats his chest. When the challenge subsides, he keeps to himself. He is powerful yet poised.

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Born free by Marcello Galleano

Born free by Marcello Galleano

The Iberian lynx cub runs free in the woods of Santa Cruz de Mandela, Spain. This urge to play makes him measure speed and endurance. Lively, energetic and curious, he’s going to be a healthy and strong adult soon.

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Bison by Joslyn Panasiuk

Bison by Joslyn Panasiuk

On the first leg of our road trip, my sister and I stopped at the Bison Paddock in Waterton National Park. This area was really beautiful and is the place where the prairies meet the Rocky Mountains. This is one of the fourteen bison within the paddock along with some birds.

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Hook by Felix Rome

Hook by Felix Rome

I kept seeing the same large bull elephant along the Mara River line. His distinctive left tusk and worn down right meant you could pick him out of a crowd. One evening as the storm clouds rolled in, he walked right up to the jeep. I was able to get a low perspective and use a 35mm lens to exaggerate the size of the elephant.

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A sleepy morning by ?istein Rune Hansen

A sleepy morning by istein Rune Hansen

Arctic Fox, Mountain fox, was protected in Norway in 1930, but is still critically endangered. A sleepy mother relaxes in dewy grass on an early morning.

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Aerial elegance by Merche Llobera

Aerial elegance by Merche Llobera
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Dribble by Felix Rome

Dribble by Felix Rome

Prior to going to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, I have only seen Hippos in rivers or pools, however in the Mara, they like to wander. One morning on safari we crossed a road that had been transformed into a shallow river. To our surprise there was a hippo relaxing in a deep pool to our right. He walked all around the jeep without a care in the world. He ended up back where we found him.

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Close-At-Hand by xiaoping lin

Close-At-Hand by xiaoping lin

The small fish rushed out of the water to escape the big fish, but the egret chased after him. The splashing water showed that the small fish could not escape easily. I wonder if the small fish could escape?(Taken in Xiamen, China in September 2021)

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