Rachael Talibart named Black & White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Rachael Talibart, Winner, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

Rachael Talibart has been named Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018 with her dramatic image of a wild sea, shot at Newhaven on the south coast. An experienced sailor and award-winning photographer, Rachael said she was thrilled to win this prestigious title.

Organised by Black+White Photography magazine, in association with Fujifilm, the biennial competition attracts monochrome entries from all over the world.

Rachael said: "With the right image, I find that shooting black and white can powerfully enhance the emotion I’m trying to evoke and, being one step removed from reality, it can offer a fresh perspective."

"This year the quality of entries has been exceptionally high," said judge Eddie Ephraums, "But Rachael’s photograph just tipped the balance in terms of both technique and artistry."

Eduardo Moreno, a photographer based in Nigeria, took the second prize and Aqua Lin from Taiwan received the third. You can see the three winners' images, along with all those shortlisted, in the February issue of Black+White Photography, out now.

© Eduardo López Moreno, Second Prize, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Eduardo López Moreno, Second Prize, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Aqua Lin, Third Prize, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Aqua Lin, Third Prize, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Joseph Chung, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Joseph Chung, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Saeed Rezvanian, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Saeed Rezvanian, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Szymon Barylski, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Szymon Barylski, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Andre du Plessis, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 201

© Andre du Plessis, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 201

© Mark Bickerdike, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Mark Bickerdike, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Carla Kogelman, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Carla Kogelman, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Patrick Dumont, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Patrick Dumont, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Nicola Davison Reed, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Nicola Davison Reed, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Richard Pilnick, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

© Richard Pilnick, Shortlisted, Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018