Nikon Assignment: Beyond Colour

This assignment is now closed.


The key to capturing black and white imagery is seeing beyond colour, and how different shapes, textures and tones will affect your image.

Also known as monochrome photography, black and white images rely on contrast – the differences between the areas of bright and dark in an image.

Through the contrast between light and dark, strong and soft textures, sharp and blurred areas, you can bring out the finest details that often go unnoticed.

Not all images are suited to black and white. So whether you capture the image in colour and convert it, or adjust your Nikon DSLR Picture Control setting to Monochrome, start experimenting and explore your environment.

Tip: Adjust the Picture Control setting to Monochrome and use the Live View mode to get an idea of how lines, texture, shapes and structure impact your shot.

The brief

Push your creativity Beyond Colour and enter a single image that you feel best captures the essence and power of black and white photography.

To enter, you must:

SNAP – Take a black and white photograph
GRAM – Post your image on Instagram
TAG – Add the hashtag #NikonAssignment and tag @NikonAustralia in the Instagram caption
FOLLOW – Follow @NikonAustralia on Instagram

Only one entry per photographer. Your entry must be published on Instagram during the competition dates.

The prize

One lucky photographer will receive a brand new NIKKOR AF-S 20mm f/1.8G ED (RRP $1,299.00).

NIKKOR AF-S 20mm f/1.8G ED lens image

Widen your creative potential

The NIKKOR AF-S 20mm f/1.8G ED is a compact, lightweight FX-format lens that combines the ultra-wide perspective of a 20mm focal length, the low-light capabilities and shallow depth of field of an f/1.8 maximum aperture and the superb optical characteristics of an advanced NIKKOR prime lens.

Who can enter

You must be an Australian resident, however, your Beyond Colour image can be taken anywhere in the world, on any kind of camera/lens combination.

By entering, you agree to let Nikon Australia use your image on social media at a future date. Any images used will be credited.

Winning entry

Congratulations to this assignment’s winner Trent Clark for his image of Meota Iwa in Japan, taken on a D7000 using the NIKKOR AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR lens (Settings: f/10, 20 sec, 68mm).

Photography by Trent Clark