about - Katherine Young


I’m an avid, amateur fine art photographer currently based in London. I’m Polish by birth, South African by naturalisation and have also lived in Singapore and the Channel Islands.

My interest in photography started at an early age and was mainly influenced by my father who recorded countless moments of my childhood using his Russian-made Zenit and together, we spent many hours developing negatives in his darkroom.

I began my own journey with travel photography, aiming to capture the essence of each of the places I visited. Inspired by the contemporary environment of Singapore, I later focused my attention on cityscapes and architecture. More recently, I find myself attracted to nature and seascapes.

My portfolio is diverse and I describe my style as fine art because my photographs are created in accordance with my artistic vision rather than being a true representation of reality. This allows me to produce more personal images and provides me with unlimited freedom of expression.

My real passion is black-and-white photography for its surreal and timeless quality. Without the distraction of colour, the photograph looks cleaner and reveals the very soul of the subject. I use black-and-white photography often paired with long exposure technique to control the mood and capture images that only my imagination can see.


2019 - Sony World Photography Awards - Shortlisted, Open Architecture, 'Hubris, part I'

2019 - Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Bronze Award, Architecture, 'Haunted'

2019 - Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Silver Award, Architecture, 'Interdependence'

2019 - International Photography Awards (ipa) - Architecture Photographer of the Year (First Place, Architecture and First Place Abstract Architecture), 'Elements II'; Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Vortex', 'Equivalents', 'Interdependence', 'Immortalité' and Honourable Mention, Fine Art, 'Ex Nihilo'

2019 - Black & White Spider Awards - Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Haunted', Nomination, Architecture, 'Vortex, part II' and 'Haunted', Nomination, Wild Life, 'Arabian Beauty'

2018 - Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) - Third Place, Architecture, 'Elements'; Nomination, Architecture, 'Translucence' and 'Equivalents

2018 - Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Silver Award, Architecture, 'The Downward Spiral'; Bronze Award, Architecture, 'Elements'; Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Metropolis'

2018 - Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Silver Award, Architecture, 'Elements'

2018 - MonoVisions Photography Awards - Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Elements', 'Illumination''Radiance' and 'The Imitation Game'

2018 - International Photography Awards (ipa) - Second Place, Architecture, 'The Downward Spiral'; Third Place, Architecture, 'Haunted'; Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Elements', 'Vertical Living', 'Mirage' and 'Immortalité'

2018 - EPSON International Pano Awards - Bronze Award, Built Environment, 'Serendipity', 'Illusion' and 'Vertical Living' 

2018 - Black & White Spider Awards - Nomination, Architecture, 'Equivalents part I' and 'Ascension'

2018 - Chromatic Awards - First Place , Architecture, 'Hubris'; Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'The Downward Spiral'  and 'The Sail'

2018 - Tokyo International Foto Awards (tifa) - First Place, Architecture, 'The Downward Spiral'; Gold Medal, Architecture, 'The Downward Spiral'

2018 - International Color Awards - Nomination, Architecture, 'Consciousness' and 'Forms'; Nomination, Abstract 'Imagination, part I'

2017 - Sony World Photography Awards - Commendation, Open Architecture, 'Fluidity'

2017 - International Photography Awards (ipa) - Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Illumination' and 'The Imitation Game'

2017 - Black & White Spider Awards - Nomination, Architecture 'Solitude' and 'Theatre of Dreams'

2017 - EPSON International Pano Awards - Silver Medal, Built Environment, 'Metropolis';  Bronze Medal, Built Environment, 'Afterlight' 

2017 - ND Awards - Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Sounds of Silence', 'The Pinnacle' and 'The Abyss'

2017 - Monochrome Awards - Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Ascension', 'Illumination, part I', 'Illumination, part II', 'Oscillation', 'Solace' and 'Theatre of Dreams'

2017 - International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY) - Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Oscillation', 'Mirage', 'Illumination' and 'Translucence'

2017 - International Color Awards - Honourable Mention, Architecture, 'Seclusion'; Nomination, Architecture, 'Seclusion', 'Fluidity' and 'Le Coeur'

2009 - Expat Living Digital Photo Competition (Singapore) - First Place, Nature 


Photo publications - Photography magazines: Camerapixo, Shot! Magazine #40,  Black Magazin, Stark Magazine, Black and White Universe, MonoPix (Landscapes and Sunset - Sunrise), ArchiMinimal The Collections - Classic and Indoor, B&W Minimalism Magazine 03, Fine Eye Magazine issue 4

Tourism publication - TimeOut London

National newspapers - The Guardian and The Telegraph

Nikon 'Star of the Week' Cover

Nikon films - 'I AM NIKON 2016' and 'Nikon 100th Anniversary' 

Musee Magazine interview

ArchiMinimal interview

Shut Your Aperture Photographer of the Week article

ND Magazine profile

Camerapixo profile

Personal blog '14 Inspirational photographers' article

Photographize Magazine profile

Dodho Magazine -'Elements' series

Dodho Magazine - 'The Passage of Time' series

Lens Magazine (November 2018 Black and White issue) - 'Elements' series publication

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