12TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS
LOS ANGELES 10/18/17 - Amateur photographer Francis Minien of United Kingdom was presented with the 12th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee title in the category of Photojournalism at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow streamed Saturday, October 14, 2017.
The live online gala was attended by over 11,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for black and white photography. 12th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from The Armory Show, New York; Christie's, London; McCann, Singapore; GQ, New York; Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto; Y&R, Malaysia; Sharon Calahan, Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville; Bloomsbury Auctions, London; and Donald Schneider Studios, Berlin who honored Spider Fellows with 672 coveted title awards and 1034 nominees in 31 categories.
"Spider Awards 2017 proves once again to be a great challenge for the jury to select the best images of the year. Every year this photographic competition increases its quality of content, reputation and prestige" said juror Andrea de Polo, Cultural Heritage Consultant at Fratelli Alinari Photo Archive in Florence. Curator and Arts Writer Paola Anselmi added "Congratulations to all the winners. A great deal of humanity and soul in this year's selection, maybe it is a sign of the times and a promise for future awards and photography in general."
"It's an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,121 entries we received this year" said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Francis Minien's "People United," an exceptional image entered in the Photojournalism category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of Nominee."
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. www.thespiderawards.com