The Zone System Rumble


To close out our week long tribute to one of the greatest photographers the world has ever known, Ansel Adams, let’s have a little monochrome rumble that celebrates one of his greatest contributions – the zone system!

Ansel Adams is undoubtedly one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of photography. He is best known for his black & white work and having a hand in developing (pun intended) the Zone System. It is much touted, but criticized much as well. Love it or hate it, the Zony system has become an integral part in both the history of photography, and in understanding the nuances of monochrome work. So in celebration of Ansel Adams week here at Lomography, let’s take a look at those black & white images that best exemplify the use of the Zone system! We want to see those middle grays and textures!


  • Prize(s): 5 Winners of 5 Piggies each.
  • Film/Camera Type: Any analogue black & white photo not digitally enhanced or manipulated.
  • Upload Limit: 3 Photos
  • Minimum Photo Dimensions: Submissions must be at least 768px in either width or height.
  • Meta data must be completed (camera, film, location & 3 tags)

written by cruzron on 2011-11-25 #news #black-and-white #bw #competition #rumble #monochrome #ansel-adams #zone-system #ansel-adams-week #weekly-tribute


  1. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·

    Uploader says 10 pictures...

  2. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    3 or 10?!?

  3. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    10 or 3 ??

  4. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Adams is a Legend! Great Rumble!

  5. welland
    welland ·

    Love black and white

  6. hairil
    hairil ·

    Oh no...! I've uploaded 10 photos... Is LSI gonna choose the best 3 out of the 10 that I've submitted? Or will 3 random photos be chosen?

  7. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    @cruzron ... hey buddy, 3 or 10 pictures?

  8. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    3 or 10? Why nobody answer?

  9. nove3
    nove3 ·

    Ilford Xp2?

  10. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    Well I've uploaded 10 ...

  11. adbigmilk
    adbigmilk ·

    I think we used this zone system in my darkroom classes

  12. roberthenry
    roberthenry ·

    I decided it's 10.
    check em

  13. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    3 or 10 ?????

  14. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Er @LSI Help please my last image
    has not uploaded to the submissions but on its page it suggests it has a I can no longer access the Zone comp, while on this page it is not here! please make a note of the link above, the page was hanging for ages but nothing happened... glitch! Thanks!

  15. hanibale
    hanibale ·

    done! ;)))

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