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We reveal the top 50 entries for Round 8 The World in Black & White – Monochrome

APOY Olympus OM-D E-M10 plus lenses 200
Pawel Pentlinowski from Co Wicklow in Ireland is the winner of round 8 The World in Black & White, of APOY 2014. Pawel will receive an Olympus OM-D E-M10 with a 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom, a 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens, a 40-150mm zoom,
a 9mm fisheye lens, a macro adapter and a street case in which to carry it all. That’s a total retail price of £1,200.

The E-M10 has a 16.1-million-pixel, four thirds-sized CMOS sensor and a TruePic VII image-processing system. The 1.44-million-dot EVF displays a 100% field of view and has a 120fps refresh rate.

The 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom lens is a slim and compact optic that is equivalent to a 28-84mm lens in the 35mm format. The 45mm f/1.8 portrait optic is ideal for low-light people shots without flash, while the 40-150mm zoom has high-speed AF and is optimised for movies and stills. The 9mm fisheye lens is ideal for capturing wideangle scenes.

APOY Olympus PEN E-PL5 plus twin-lens ki

Our second-placed winner is Jevgenijs Scolokovs from Riga in Latvia. He will receive an Olympus Pen E-PL5 camera plus a 14-42mm and 40-150mm twin-lens zoom kit worth £500. The E-PL5 offers serious image quality with its powerful 16.1-million-pixel sensor and a new OM-D component in the TruePic VI image processor. The camera has lightning-fast autofocus, a touch-sensitive LCD screen and full HD video.

APOY Olympus Stylus SP-100EE
Steve Baker from Tunbridge Wells in Kent takes third place in this round. He wins an Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Ultra Zoom camera, with an impressive 16-million-pixel sensor and 3in LCD screen. The camera includes a handy autofocus lock so you need never lose a shot due to fuzzy focusing. The camera features a 50x optical Ultra Zoom lens with a focal length ranging from 24mm to 1,200mm, and built-in Dot Sight to make it easier to focus on subjects.

APOY Pawel Pentlinowski

Photo by Pawel Pentlinowski

1st Pawel Pentlinowski, Ireland 50pts

Woman Knitting

Nikon D300, 50mm, 1/160sec at f/1.8, ISO 200

While we knew that the monochrome round of APOY would be popular, we could not have predicted just how strong the images would be. It actually took the judges a couple of days to select a top three and after much deliberation we finally decided that Pawel’s magical image, ‘Princess Marie’, would take the top spot. It’s a beautifully composed and lit fairytale image that can’t help but capture the viewer’s imagination.


APOY Jevgenijs Scolokovs

Photo by Jevgenijs Scolokovs

2nd Jevgenijs Scolokovs, Latvia 49pts

Princess Marie

Canon EOS 5D, 135mm, 1/2656sec at f/2, ISO 100

Like Pawel’s image, this shot relies on the viewer’s imagination. Why is this woman knitting in the open air and where exactly did that umbrella come from? This is a wonderfully arranged shot and one that benefits strongly from its lack of colour.


APOY Steve Baker

Photo by Steve Baker

3rd Steve Baker, Kent 48pts

Grand Central Station, New York

Nikon D90, 18-200mm, 1/60sec at f/3.5, ISO 200

Steve’s image, taken in New York’s Grand Central Station at dawn, was certainly an image that stood out during the initial selection process. The location is interesting enough, but Steve has added further engagement by processing his shot using Photoshop, Silver Efex Pro and, most importantly, Alien Skin Software Exposure to give the image a Lensbaby style effect. All that work has paid off to achieve a wonderful image.

Top 50 entries for this round:

1 Pawel Pentlinowski 50pts
2 Jevgenijs Scolokovs 49pts
3 Steve Baker 48pts
4 Iolanda Enrione 47pts
5 Foad Ashtari 46pts
6 Dariusz Jasiulek 45pts
7 Chris Wood 44pts
8 Darren Moore 43pts
9 Eric Browett 42pts
10 Zay Yar Lin 41pts
11 David Queenan 40pts
12 Marco Iozzi 39pts
13 Russ Barnes 38pts
14 Aaron Yeoman 37pts
15 Colin Balch 36pts
16 Mark Cornick 35pts
17 Pete Bedell 34pts
18 Damien.Mcglade 33pts
19 Darren Foxall 32pts
20 Richard Pennington 31pts
21 Abhishek Nandy 30pts
22 Allan Castaneda 29pts
23 Adrian Sadlier 28pts
24 AndyTeasdale 27pts
25 Richard Krchnak 26pts
26 Anirban Ghosh 25pts
27 Dan Deakin 24pts
28 John Thompson 23pts
29 Samuel Butler 22pts
30 Andrew Harris 21pts
31 Keith Aggett 20pts
32 Chloe West 19pts
33 Zdenek Nemec 18pts
34 Pessoa Neto 17pts
35 Ova Hamer 16pts
36 Tibor Somodi 15pts
37 Sammy Lyttle 14pts
38 Mark Lloyd 13pts
39 Kevin Lomax 12pts
40 Joel Forte 11pts
41 derekhansen 10pts
42 Boris Giltburg 9pts
43 Alexey Samoylenko 8pts
44 Abhijit Banerjee 7pts
45 Peter Warrington 6pts
46 Charles Spencer 5pts
47 Patryk Schastok 4pts
48 Sergei Bogomyakov 3pts
49 Gerard Sexton 2pts
50 Eric Begbie 1pt

View the winning Images in the APOY 2014 Gallery

See the APOY 2014 Leader Board after this round.

Results and Rounds APOY 2014