With a final tally of over 21,000 submissions, I think it's safe to say that nature photography in black and white is alive and well in the digital age. As would be expected of National Geographic readers, the submissions were of a broad scope and of a high quality. I appreciate that many of you admire the unique attributes of the fine black-and-white photograph as championed by Ansel Adams. An intimate landscape of natural vegetation or foaming surf can still be exquisite when seen through fresh eyes.
Black-and-white photography is a departure from the reality we see every day, so this quality helps to carry the viewer away to a different world and create an emotional effect of the experience. Many of the best images also took advantage of the extraordinary qualities of the digital sensor to capture scenes difficult to record with the naked eye.