Nicky Nunn from Enfield in north London is the winner of our black & white round of APOY 2015. Nicky takes home a Sigma dp3 Quattro camera and LVF-01 LCD viewfinder.

For the new dp3 Quattro, Sigma has redesigned every aspect of the camera, including the sensor, engine, lens and body. While retaining its textural expression, the updated Foveon direct image sensor produces images that are colourful, rich, deep and faithful. Unique among image sensors, the Foveon is similar to traditional colour film in that its multiple layers capture all the information that visible light transmits. Along with Sigma’s proprietary image-processing technology, this sensor produces incredible resolution, precise gradation, strong colour with realism and a 3D feel.

Sigma dp3 Quattro

Sigma dp3 Quattro

The camera body offers a balanced shape, layout and weight distribution. Its robust specification allows the photographer to concentrate fully on photography itself and use the camera’s potential to produce outstanding images.

The dp3 Quattro comprises a fast 50mm f/2.8 (75mm equivalent) mid-telephoto lens. It’s a simple but powerful lens and sensor combination that delivers medium-format-level image quality.


Sigma LVF-01 LCD Viewfinder

Almost all other image sensors are mosaic sensors, which use an array of red, green and blue colour filters in a single horizontal plane to capture colour information. Each pixel is assigned only one of the three colours, so it cannot capture all three at once. In contrast, the Foveon direct image sensor captures colour vertically, recording hue, value and chroma accurately and completely for each pixel. The dp3 Quattro also features the newly developed TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) III.

By attaching the LVF-01 to the LCD display of the dp3 Quattro, the LCD viewfinder cuts off outside light. It magnifies the LCD display 2.5x and allows you to easily check focusing. That’s a total prize value of £1,079.99.

APOY 2015 Round 8: Shades of Grey Results

1st Nicky Nunn, London 50pts

1st Nicky Nunn
, London 50pts

Canon EOS 650D, 18-35mm, 200secs at f/1.8

We had some amazing images for the final round of APOY 2015, Shades of Grey. The black & white rounds have always been popular with readers and, perhaps with the exception of abstract rounds, consistently have the strongest entries. Nicky Nunn has taken first place with this fantastic shot taken ringside at a boxing match. This is the perfect scene for black & white. The lighting in particular lends itself to the removal of colour tones as it allows our eye to wander around the scene, taking in the atmosphere. Also of note is the gaze of the boxer. Is he looking at us or the ring girl?

APOY 2015 Round 8: Shades of Grey Results

2nd Aaron Bennett, Hampshire 49pts

2nd Aaron Bennett
, Hampshire 49pts

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 50mm, 1/2,500sec at f/1.4, ISO 250

‘Take away the colour and you can see the true meaning of an image,’ says Aaron of this shot. He could be right. This is a strikingly beautiful portrait and it’s worth paying attention to its tonal range. There’s a deliberate washed-out quality to it, which adds much to its impact.

APOY 2015 Round 8: Shades of Grey Results

3rd Graeme Heckels, Thailand 48pts

3rd Graeme Heckels, Thailand 48pts

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6, 100mm, 1/500sec at f/3.5, ISO 160

This picture was taken in Hôi An, Vietnam. Graeme found a vantage point from a bridge and looked down to where a traditional fisherman searched his giant net for his catch at sunrise. It’s an exceptional shot that revels in the abstract and allows the reader to do the work. As a visual bonus, the textures of the net interplay with the light giving us a beautiful scene.

Here are the Top 50 entries for : APOY 2015 Round 8: Shades of Grey

1 Nicky Nunn 50pts
2 Aaron Bennett 49pts
3 Graeme Heckels 48pts
4 Roger Evans 47pts
5 Jay Heiser 46pts
6 Sebastian Butynski 45pts
7 Ian Cook 44pts
8 Shamil Khairov 43pts
9 Paul Cooper 42pts
10 Nick Hughes 41pts
11 Richard Craze 40pts
12 Paula Cooper 39pts
13 Penny Halsall 38pts
14 David Queenan 37pts
15 Adele Spencer 36pts
16 Mike Martin 35pts
17 Adam Stephenson 34pts
18 Jason Gilchrist 33pts
19 Adam Lack 32pts
20 Rob Deyes 31pts
21 Graham Borthwick 30pts
22 Eric Begbie 29pts
23 Chris Evans 28pts
24 Elisa Bortolotti 27pts
25 Tom Birtchnell 26pts
26 Dave Sharpe 25pts
27 George Digalakis 24pts
28 Rhodri Williams 23pts
29 Luke Moseley 22pts
30 Peter Murrell 21pts
31 Mary Patrick 20pts
32 Dusica Paripovic 19pts
33 Tomer Eliash 18pts
34 Andrew Lashley 17pts
35 Bettina Nagy-Czirok 16pts
36 Iatrou Manos 15pts
37 Jim Methven 14pts
38 John Ray 13pts
39 Paul Scott 12pts
40 Charlie Jobson 11pts
41 Jelizaveta Cepaitiene 10pts
42 Jean Jameson 9pts
43 Paul Rose 8pts
44 Arno Fliri 7pts
45 David Lewis 6pts
46 David Scrivener 5pts
47 Hayri Kodal 4pts
48 Andrew Fusek Peters 3pts
49 John Robinson 2pts
50 Bertrand Chombart 1pt

See the winning entries in the APOY 2015 Gallery

The 2015 Leaderboard

It’s the final round, so we can reveal that Lee Acaster has taken first place overall. It was a close call, as Chris Evans is just three points behind in second place. Penny Halsall is in third place, with Tomer Eliash and David Queenan taking fourth and fifth respectively.

Position Name Points
1  Lee Acaster   185pts
2  Chris Evans   182pts
3  Penny Halsall   177pts
4  Tomer Eliash   162pts
5  David Queenan   153pts
6  Aaron Bennett   146pts
7  Graham Borthwick   144pts
8  Matt Parry   138pts
9  Adele Spencer   136pts
10  Mark Cornick   126pts

See the results for each round

  1. Night Life – Low light photography Results
  2. Going Abstract – Abstract images Results
  3. The Wider Perspective – Create wide angle Results
  4. In Focus – Shallow depth of field Results
  5. Up Close – Macro (insects/flowers/plants) Results
  6. On the Street – Street photography Results
  7. Lay of the Land – Landscapes and cityscapes Results
  8. Shades of Grey – Black & White Results
APOY 2015

APOY 2015 Round 8: Shades of Grey Results