The winners of the 2nd annual Minimalist Photography Awards were announced just last week, and if you’re looking for proof that “less is more” when it comes to photography… you’ve come to the right place. Many of the winners are masterful examples of simplicity in composition.
Created by B&W Minimalist Magazine, the awards were founded to “recognize, reward and expose talented photographers all around the world, and introduce them to the professional photography industry.”
The 2020 edition is only the second time they’ve run the awards, but already people are showing a huge interest. Over 4,200 photographers from 41 different countries submitted their work for consideration in one of 12 categories. The overall winner this year was the winner of the “Photomanipulation” category, George Byrne, who won the title of Minimalist Photographer of the Year for his ongoing series Exit Vision:
You wouldn’t know it by looking at them, but these images are composites; collages created by mixing elements that were each captured in a different location on medium format film.
“For this series, I would look for ready-made vignettes of colour and form in the built world around me, and then try and repurpose or reinvent them,” explains Byrne. “By embracing the process of photo-assemblage or collage, these photographs have become creations as much as they are observations.”