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Dear Michelle,

CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards.
“It’s an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,121 entries we received this year” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Michelle Chaplow’s “Bienvenidos” an exceptional image entered in the Professional Still Life category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with an Honorary Mention.”

Bienvenidos Hotel Camiral by Michelle Chaplow Girona

“Bienvenidos”  Hotel Camiral, Girona.

8,121 entries were received from 74 countries and your work received a high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!


Michelle also received a nomination in the Professional Silhouette category for Balloons over Bagan, in Myanmar.

Balloons over Bagan by Michelle Chaplow

Balloons over Bagan

The Jury represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including The Armory Show, New York; Christie’s, London; McCann, Singapore; GQ, New York; Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto; Y&R, Malaysia; Sharon Calahan, Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville; Bloomsbury Auctions, London; and Donald Schneider Studios, Berlin who reviewed the entries online before making their nominations and honoring 672 title awards and 1034 nominees in 31 categories. The Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. www.thespiderawards.com

Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography year.

Basil O’Brien
Creative Director