We all go through childhood, but no two experiences are alike. Whether it’s culture, class, and/or geography, it all shapes these formative years in a powerful way. But despite these differences, as young people, we each explore the world around us with the same sense of wonder and imagination. The third annual B&W CHILD photo contest just released their winners for the 2016 competition, and the talented photographers beautifully depict what it’s like to be a kid today. United visually in a black and white palette, the different vignettes highlight children at play, at rest, and making sense of their surroundings at large.
Each year, the B&W CHILD photo contest awards a Grand Prize winner. Photographer Olga Ageeva from Russia took the top spot, and she also earned first place accolades in the Fine Art category. Her particular pieces follow two young girls, and the intimate images show the highs and lows of this time. They’re seen acting silly together as well as solemn, as if they’re in the throes of careful contemplation. These varied snapshots highlight a universal truth about life—this juxtaposition of emotion starts when we’re young and never ends. We just grow older and wiser.
The 2017 B&W CHILD submissions are now open. Learn how to enter here.
Can you see yourself in some of these kids?
All images via B&W CHILD Photo Contest.
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