No doubt about it: Your black and white photos are great

By Joseph W. Nienstedt: I was working an unrelated assignment when I saw these Citadel cadets near the Charleston Chalkboard project on King and Mary streets. I asked them if I could quickly shoot a portrait of them in front of it. While we were doing so, a couple of young women out shopping walked by and I got this shot. It's one of my favorite images that I've taken here in Charleston.

The photos might have been black and white but the decision certainly wasn't.

We received 55 fantastic black and white photos, making it one of our strongest weeks yet.

There was such a wide variety of subjects - from dogs, to surfing, to Lowcountry architecture - that it was tough to choose just one. But in the end our editors just loved Joseph Nienstedt's photo of Citadel cadets on King Street reacting to a couple of women walking by.

Joseph's photo will appear in the People section - now on Fridays. Pick up a copy to read what the editors loved most about it.

Next week's assignment: Wrought Iron. It's part of what makes Charleston so beautiful. Send us your best pic.

The rules:

- Send just one (1) photograph to by noon on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Include your name, town and where the photo was taken. If you send us multiple photos we will select one randomly.

- If you want your photo to be eligible to run in the newspaper, it must be at least 1,500 pixels. Our editors will select which photo will appear each week. We reserve the right to not publish any photo for any reason.

- We will allow photographs with reasonable watermarks to run in the gallery but for the winning photo that runs in the newspaper we must have a photo that does not have a watermark. If you want to send us one with the watermark (to run online) and one without (to possibly run in the newspaper) please feel free.