by Jemma Brewitt
on November 29, 2017
3 min read

“I believe that if black-and-white photography is done correctly it can convey much more emotion and a deeper meaning than colour ever could. It’s as if by subtracting colour, the viewer is forced to add his own emotion to the images. Colour photography is like a novel that spells everything out in detail, whereas black-and-white photography is like poetry—its strength isn’t in what’s said; it’s in what’s left out.” – Heinrich van den Berg

Heinrich’s description of wildlife photography in black-and-white accurately conveys the impact these images have on viewers. Submissions from Africa’s Photographer of the Year truly portray the impact these images can have on the viewer. Here are a few photographs from our talented photographers:

A close up of a lion yawning

Thinus Schoeman: The sharp-end. A male lion giving a late afternoon yawn

Adip Singh: Lone ranger

Gorilla mother and her baby

Jennifer Sawicky: A Mother’s Love

Elefanten Schwarz-Weiß

Foto: Chase Wells

Zebra running in dust

Zhayynn James: Dusty traveller. A herd of zebras trudge across the dusty plains of Ndutu

A closeup of a leopard with its prey up a tree

Nicole Van Der Walt: Mkanye staring straight on into the distance

Justus van Dillen: A leopard resting in a tree in the Sabi Sands

Dean Robinson: Counting claws

Michael Raddall: Eyes in the undergrowth

White-backed vulture

Gurveer Sira: Weißrückengeier

A leopard in black and white looking at the camera

Sean Brogan

Closeup of two impala touching noses

Michael Raddall: Twos company.

A closeup of a long rhino and its horn

Gurveer Sira: Long horn. Save the horn.

A hippo in the water with its mouth open wide

Andrea Mulig: Hungry hungry hippo.

A cheetah in a tree scouting for food.

Anthony Goldman: Food scout.

An elephant in black and white

Bernd Kraemer: Greatness of Africa.

Two rhino touch horns in black and white

Gurveer Sira: Love is in the air.

A lion roaring or yawning in black and white

Camille Boerderie: Roar of lion

A closeup of a leopard with distinctive spots

Arnfinn Johansen: Leopard.

A closeup of a leopard's curves in black and white

Simon Smith: Feline curves.

A baby elephant in black and white

Simon Smith: I loved the contrast not only in size but in colour between the larger elephants and this very young calf.

A lion with a scarred face in black and white

Gabriel Clark: A scarred and half blind male lion looks for rest after feasting on a cape buffalo the night before.

A cloesup of an elephant's tusk which has been removed

Gurveer Sira: Elephants deserve to keep their tusks.

Wildebeest running in a blur in black and white

Gurveer Sira: On the move.

Cheetah in the early morning light Sabi Sand. From his observation post he observed his territory.

Johannes Ratemann: Cheetah in the early morning light Sabi Sand. From his observation post he observed his territory.

Wildebeest searching for water in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, South Africa.

John Mullineux: Thirsty trudge. Wildebeest searching for water in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, South Africa.

Female rhino with baby rhino making a stop for drinking Sabi Sand

Johannes Ratemann: Female rhino with baby rhino making a stop for drinking Sabi Sand. Aren’t they wonderful?

Cheetah in Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

Jean Goldston: Cheetah in Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

Buffalo in black and white

Kaizer Allu; Road closed.

Wildebeest making a crossing at the Great Migration.

Karthik Bangalore Thirumala Raju: The leap of faith.

Lion cub yawning in black and white

Molly Byrne: Meru in Kenya

A male lion in black and white at Shamwari

Tobias Schwarz: Lion at Shamwari.

Young male lion taken at Kruger National Park.

Uwe Firnhaber: Young male lion taken at Kruger National Park.

One very playful Rhino looking for attention in the rest of the herd.

Werner Kruse: Rhino Stare…One very playful Rhino looking for attention in the rest of the herd.

Feeling inspired to create black-and-white wildlife photography? Show us what you’ve got, and submit.