Press Release, October 15, 2017

Celebrating its 12th year, Black & White Spider Awards is the leading international award honoring black & white photography. A global platform and channel for photographers to show their work to important key industry tastemakers.

Winners and nominees are recognized in a night of online gala celebrations when photography fans around the globe log on for the climax of the annual Photoshow and pay tribute to the most outstanding achievements in black & white photography.

“I am honored to receive the 2nd Place – Merit of Excellence in the Professional Silhouette Category. The quality of the images selected in 2017 is mind blowing. Any images receiving Honorable mentions are great candidates for grand prizes in other contests. Thrilled to be part of such a great group of photographers and artists”. Oliver Klink, Los Gatos, California, USA.

“Ancient Farming” was photographed in China in 2015. The image is part of a large body of work, titled “Spirit of the Village”. You can see more images here.“Spirit of the Village” addresses the current threats to natural and cultural diversity, sites where modernity, tradition, and wild lands collide. It is an elegy for what is vanishing and a celebration of those cultures on the fringe of modern society resilient enough to maintain their vibrance.

As we drift toward a blandly amorphous, generic world, as cultures disappear and life becomes more uniform, we as a people and a species, and Earth itself, are deeply impoverished. The images take the viewer on a roller coaster ride of aesthetic of disappearance, with hope that the fading traditions are not permanent and irreversible.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Spider Awards winners. You can check the list at