“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky
We’re delighted to present the results of our March competition judged by Murray Fredericks – a fine art photographer whose work explores the sublime natural world.
For this competition we asked you to share photographs inspired by color, both literally and figuratively. With so many images taken in color (it these days being a “default” for many of us who don’t make a conscious decision to work in black and white), we were looking for images not just in color but about color – where color was central to the appreciation of the image, it being a key aesthetic element, enhancing the story or enriching the meaning. Judge Murray Fredericks added his own thoughts on his selection: “While the theme was color, what makes these shots stand out is the use of color to create layers of meaning beyond the mere technical elements of composition.”
Here we see images across a range of style, genre and subject matter – from conceptual work inspired by the impacts of Covid-19 to candid street photography, via social documentary, landscape and travel. But what unites each of them is a conscious use of color; to draw us in, surprise us, to provoke and gratify. We invite you to dive in and explore these stunning examples of contemporary photography where color influences the soul.