Film has undergone a healthy resurgence over the last few years, and nowhere more so than with black-and-white films.

Not only have a lot of the traditional black-and-white producers like Ilford, Foma and Kodak kept some of their most popular emulsions in production, but there’s also been a wealth of new black-and-white films produced by upstart new film brands such as Japan Camera Hunter, Bergger, Silberra and, yes, Kosmo Foto itself.

And there’s also been the return of new black-and-white films from the likes of Italy’s Ferrania and the Soviet Union’s Svema, which now produces film from eastern Ukraine.

In all, there’s almost 100 different black-and-white films currently available. Some of them are extremely specialised examples that take a little digging to find, while others are much-loved classics – think the likes of Kodak’s wonderful Tri-X, Ilford’s atmospheric HP5 and the budget-friendly Fomapan 100.

Every photographer will have their favourites, the one they turn to time and again. Each photographer’s pick will be as individual as them – the grain, the range of tones, the way the blacks graduate to grey.

But which is the world’s absolute favourite?

Kosmo Foto wants to find out – so we’re launching the Black & White World Cup to find the world’s favourite black-and-white film. And you get to choose.

Taking part couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is look through the list of films below and choose your three favourites. Your first choice gets three points, your second two points and your third choice one point. Email those choices to us

These points will be added up and after voting finishes on 30 June we’ll tote up the scores and crown one film World Cup champion.

There are of course, a few rules:

  • You can only vote once.
  • For your vote to be eligible, you have to email it to foto.dowling@gmail.com with the title “Black & White World Cup”.
  • You should vote for three films – please don’t vote for four or five or six.
  • Voting is open from midnight on Sunday 26 May to 23.59 on Sunday 30 June (British Summer Time). Any votes received after that will not be counted.
  • You can only choose from films in the list below. Films like Kodak Plus-X, Fuji Neopan and ORWO Isopan SS are all great emulsions from the past but not eligible, sorry.
  • The list includes some rebrands of films (such as Kosmo Foto Mono, Lomography’s black-and-white films, Silberra’s Agfa-made films). This is because many people are fans of particular branded films, not just the original emulsion.
  • After votes have been counted, the World Cup results will be posted on Kosmo Foto in mid-July.

If you have any questions, please contact me at foto.dowling@gmail.com

Ready to vote? Here’s the list:

ADOX CMS 20 II

ADOX HR-50

ADOX IR-HR PRO 50

ADOX CHS 100 II

ADOX SilverMax

AGFA Copex Rapid

AGFA PHOTO APX 100

AGFA PHOTO APX 400

Argenti Nanotomic X

Argenti Scale-X

Argenti PAN-X

Argenti ARF+ Reporter Film Plus

Bergger Pancro 400

CatLABS X FILM 80

CatLABS X FILM 320

Cinestill bwXX

Ferrania P30 ALPHA

Film Washi ‘W’

Film Washi ‘V’

Film Washi ‘P’

Film Washi ‘A’

Film Washi ‘D’

Film Washi ‘F’

Film Washi ‘S’

Foma FOMAPAN 100 ‘Classic’

Foma FOMAPAN 200 ‘Creative’

Foma FOMAPAN 400 ‘Action’

Foma RETRO PAN 320 ‘Soft’

Foma FOMAPAN R 100

FOTOIMPEX CHM 100

FOTOIMPEX CHM 400

HOLGA 400

ILFORD Pan 100

ILFORD Pan 400

ILFORD Pan F Plus

ILFORD FP4 Plus

ILFORD HP5 Plus

ILFORD DELTA 100

ILFORD DELTA 400

ILFORD DELTA 3200

ILFORD Ortho Copy Plus

ILFORD SFX 200

ILFORD XP2 Super

JCH Streetpan 400

Kentmere PAN 100

Kentmere PAN 400

Kodak Tri-X

Kodak T-MAX 100

Kodak T-MAX 400

Kodak T-MAX P3200

KONO! Monolit 64

KONO! Rekorder 100-200

Kosmo Foto Mono

Lomography Earl Grey

Lomography Orca

Lomography Lady Grey

Lomography Potsdam 100

Lomography Berlin 400

Lucky New SHD 100

Oriental Seagull 100

Oriental Seagull 400

Rera Pan 400

Rollei RPX 25

Rollei RPX 100

Rollei RPX 400

Rollei ATP1.1

Rollei Ortho Plus

Rollei Retro 80S

Rollei SuperPan 200

Rollei Retro 400S

Rollei Infrared 400

Rollei Blackbird

Shanghai GP3

Silberra Orta 50

Silberra Orta 100

Silberra U200

Silberra Ultima 100

Silberra Ultima 160

Silberra Ultima 200/Pan 200

Silberra Cinema UN54

Silberra Cinema 74N+

Silberra Cinema 52XX

SPUR DSX

SPUR UR

Street Candy ATM 400

Svema / Astrum МЗ-3 (MZ-3)

Svema / Astrum ФН-64 (FN-64)

Svema / Astrum Фoto-100 (Foto-100)

Svema / Astrum Фoto-200 (Foto-200)

Svema / Astrum Фoto-400 (Foto-400)

Svema / Astrum А-2Ш (A-2SH)

Tasma / Astrum НК-2Ш (NK-2)

Ultrafine Xtreme 100

Ultrafine Xtreme 400

Thanks for reading – and make sure you get voting.

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Films I miss…. Fuji Acros, Kodak Panchromatic 32, Agfachrome

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Done and dusted. No I’m not going to post my votes here, I don’t want to unduly influence 🙂

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I’m missing films from ORWO FilmoTec GmbH: ORWO UN 54 and ORWO N 74 plus.

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