Belfast photographer and gallery owner Charles Laurier Dufour was presented with the Nominee title in the categories of Nude and Fine Art during the seventh annual Black and White Spider Awards. The live online ceremony was webcast June 9 at

The Black and White Spider Awards are a leading international honor of excellence in black and white photography. The awards’ international jury included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Fratelli Alinari, Heffel Fine Art to the Tate in London, who honored Spider Fellows with 180 coveted title awards and 875 Nominees in 14 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,223 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards’ creative director. “We’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

Dufour’s “The Haunting” was chosen in the Nude category and “The Wait” in the Fine Art category. O’Brien said they “represent black and white photography at its finest.”

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