Some of 2014’s most powerful photos came in the black and white (B&W) medium, and as we prepare to ring in 2015, we want to take a moment to celebrate some of the year’s most stunning black and white photography.

Those who work in B&W are a special breed of photographer, many of whom would be content never to work with any other colors. The photographer Ted Grant once said, “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.”

There were many stunners in 2014, users who knew how to harness the power of black and white to produce dramatic, moving shots. Talent was abundant in 2014, so take a moment to scroll through this photo gallery and appreciate some of the most memorable black and white images of the year.

Here are your top B&W images of 2014.

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