It’s that time of year again! As we bid farewell to 2015 and welcome in 2016 with open arms, we’re taking a fond look back at the most popular images shared on 500px this past year.

There are only two rules:

1. The photos must have been uploaded to 500px (not necessarily taken) in 2015.

2. No photographer may appear more than once on any list, so everybody gets a chance to be featured.


Capturing great black & white photography is a skill unto itself, and it’s always a joy to see what makes it into the Top 10 Black & White photos list. If you prefer color, check out the Best of 2015 lists for animals or portraits, but if you’re a fan of black & white photography, you’ll want to scroll down and see these…

Without further ado: we proudly present the Top 10 Black & White photos of 2015 on 500px:

10. Light …Shadows… by Johan Vanreybrouck

Light ...Shadows... by Johan Vanreybrouck on 500px.com

9. Evie by Peter Coulson

Evie by Peter Coulson on 500px.com

8. Valeria by Georgy Chernyadyev

Valeria by ???????  ????????? (Georgy Chernyadyev) on 500px.com

7. Big vs small by Leif Londal

Big vs small.... by Leif Løndal on 500px.com

6. Gone in a few seconds by Lars van de Goor

Gone in a few seconds by Lars van de Goor on 500px.com

5. Lost in the Fog B&W by Mark Cote

Lost in the Fog B&W by Mark Coté on 500px.com

4. Story of Dry Wood, Rough Salt, Thin Sand, and Clean Sky by Pat Morgan

Story of Dry Wood, Rough Salt, Thin Sand, and Clean Sky by Pat Morgan (???) on 500px.com

3. Black by Color Cat

Black by Color Cat on 500px.com

2. Story IV by DrakSpirit

Story_IV by ? DrakSpirit ?  on 500px.com

1. Schattenwald im Winter by Leo Pocksteiner

Schattenwald im Winter by Leo Pöcksteiner on 500px.com

Let us know what you think of this Top 10 in the comments. And if you know of a better black and white photo that you think should have made it into this year’s Top 10, share it with us down below!