From an adorable picture of a cheetah mother and her cubs to a shot of a gorilla who ‘stares into your soul’: The astonishing winners of the 2022 Black and White Photo Awards revealed

  • The global contest, which is in its inaugural year, gives a platform to ‘incredible’ monochrome photography 
  • Pictures were judged across five categories – landscape, architecture, street, portrait and fauna and flora 
  • Belgian photographer Johan Willems captured the winning picture of a cheetah and her cubs 

These photographers prove they don’t need all the colours of the rainbow to create truly mesmerising work.

Their photography has been honoured in the Black and White Photo Awards 2022, a photography contest that gives a platform to ‘incredible’ monochrome photography around the world.

The contest, which is in its inaugural year, welcomed photographic submissions across five categories – landscape, architecture, street, portrait, and fauna and flora.

A hypnotising picture of a silverback mountain gorilla in Uganda, an atmospheric image of a well-trodden path in the Peak District, and a romantic shot of light spilling over a meadow in the Dolomites are among the photographs that impressed the jury.

However, it’s an adorable picture of a cheetah surrounded by her tiny cubs, snared by Belgian photographer Johan Willems, that reigns supreme overall, earning the £873 (€1,000) grand prize.

Below is MailOnline Travel’s pick of the black-and-white images that garner accolades in the awards – scroll down to the very bottom to see the photograph that takes the top prize…

This striking shot by Andy Gray portrays dark clouds swirling over the Great Ridge walkway, a popular hiking route in the Peak District, England. It scoops the ‘bronze mention’ in the Landscape category 

This mesmerising picture shows the Seiser Alm plateau – also known as the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe – overlooked by the Langkofel Group massif in the Dolomites in Italy. Taken by photographer Ales Krivec, it earns a ‘gold mention’ in the Landscape category

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Above is another dramatic picture by Krivec, this time showing the hilltop St Thomas Church in Sveti Tomaz, northwest Slovenia. The misty photograph is a finalist in the awards 

LEFT: This is another atmospheric photograph by Krivec. The image of the bucolic scene has been named a finalist in the Black and White Photo Awards. RIGHT: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda was the setting for this captivating picture of a silverback mountain gorilla named Mark. Sharing the image on Instagram, photographer Pavlos Evangelidis says that Mark, who ‘weighs around 225kg (496lbs)’, looks after the other members of his Nyakagezi gorilla family in the national park. ‘Look at him and tell me you don’t get the chills as he stares straight into your soul,’ he writes. The picture is a finalist in the contest

This spectacular landscape picture earns a ‘bronze mention’ in the Landscape category. It was captured by photographer Xu Dong, who gives it the title ‘Country Road Take Me Home’

Photographer Carlos Guevara Vivanco captured this extraordinary picture of a ‘huffing and puffing’ humpback whale in the Strait of Magellan, a sea route in southern Chile. The photographer, who took the picture from a small inflatable boat, tells his Instagram followers that it was ‘really amazing to feel the fragility of our boat before these giants of the sea’

This haunting picture of a lone tree, which has been named a finalist in the awards, is the work of photographer Eduardo Marcos Quevedo

Photographer Peter Hubert was behind the lens for this picture of a dark and moody woodland scene – a finalist in the contest 

This breathtaking picture shows clouds rolling over the mighty peaks of Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Argentina. The image, taken by Juan Jose Teijeira Lobelos, has been named a finalist in the awards  

Behold, the heartwarming photograph by Johan Willems that claims the top spot in the contest. In the picture, a cheetah looks protective as her cubs huddle around her in the grass 

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