BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER FRANCIS MINIEN FROM UK
LONDON 24TH February 2010 – Amateur photographer Francis Minien of UK was presented with the 5th Annual Black and White Spider Awards 1st Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Wildlife at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show attended by 35,000 online viewers who logged on live from 154 countries to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
Thousands of images were received from 68 countries worldwide. The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from Magnum Photos, The Armory Show, Fratelli Alinari, Contrasto to Tate and Hamiltons in London who honored Spider Fellows with 84 coveted title awards in 28 categories. The judges reviewed the entries online for eight weeks before making their final nominations and Francis Minien’s “birds,” an exceptional image entered in the Wildlife category, received a high percentage of votes overall.
“The Spider Awards celebrates photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Francis Minien’s work represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the 1st Prize for Outstanding Achievement.”
1st place Winner for outstanding Achievement for the Amateur Wildlife category.